A Closer Look at the Breast Augmentation Procedure
Breast augmentation can enhance the shape and size of a woman’s breasts for a more voluptuous, feminine figure. If you are considering breast augmentation at our Denton, TX, plastic surgery practice, it is important to know exactly what to expect on the day of your procedure. During breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Bruce Hermann will first administer general anesthesia, then he will create the incisions in a discreet area, place the implants, and suture the incisions closed. This procedure typically takes between one and a half to two hours to complete.
Placing Breast Implants: Step-by-Step
Your treatment will be designed to meet your unique needs and personal aesthetic goals. However, breast augmentation at our practice involves several general steps:
Before beginning your breast augmentation procedure, general anesthesia is administered for your comfort. Under this type of sedation, patients will be completely unaware of their surroundings and will not remember anything from the procedure.
Knowing what to expect during every stage of breast augmentation surgery can help patients feel informed and confident in their decision.
General anesthesia temporarily affects cognitive ability and motor skills. Therefore, patients must arrange for a friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment.
Creating the Incisions
To begin the procedure, Dr. Hermann will create an incision in the crease of the breast, the armpit, or around the areola. The type of incision made will depend on the specific techniques used during your procedure. Dr. Hermann strategically places incisions to minimize post-surgical scarring.
Placing the Implants
Once the incisions have been made, the implants will be placed. Breast implants can either be placed above the pectoral muscle (subglandular) or below the pectoral muscle (submuscular). Dr. Hermann will discuss your placement options with you in detail during your initial consultation. The type of placement recommended will be based on your personal preferences, whether you choose saline or silicone implants, and your unique body type.
Closing the Incisions
After the implants are successfully positioned within the breast pockets, the incisions will be closed with surgical sutures. Dr. Hermann may use absorbable stitches, which dissolve on their own during the healing period. If traditional stitches are used, they will be removed in approximately seven to 10 days. During the recovery period, it is important to keep the incisions clean and dry to minimize the risk of post-operative complications.
Once the breast augmentation procedure is complete, the treatment site will be dressed with gauze bandages. You will also be fitted with a compression bra, which will help support the healing tissues and reduce inflammation and discomfort. In some cases, drainage tubes will be placed and removed within a few days.
Following Your Visit
Immediately following your breast augmentation procedure, you should go home and rest. Be sure to closely follow the post-operative guidelines provided by Dr. Hermann. It is important to avoid strenuous activity, such as exercise and heavy lifting, as elevating the heart rate can lead to increased bleeding, swelling, and inflammation.
Learn More during a Consultation
If you have further questions about breast augmentation surgery or how to prepare for the surgery, please reach out to one of our skilled and knowledgeable team members. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at (940) 387-4900. Patients can also review our breast augmentation FAQ to learn more.