Typically breast augmentation is sought out by women that are unhappy with the current shape or size of their breasts. Having breast augmentation can help these women not only feel more beautiful, but can also help them with a boost in their self-confidence. Before making any final decisions about the procedure, it is important that you know what to expect for the surgery itself, and also what to expect during your recovery. Most breast augmentation patients have a recovery of only one week for most activities and a few weeks for full activity. However, each patient’s recovery will be different and Dr. Stoker will talk with you personally about an individualized recovery plan.
Breast augmentation requires that all patients undergo a light general anesthesia, but patients awaken quickly after the operation. Dr. Stoker uses a long-acting local anesthetic at the end of the procedure that helps to minimize any discomfort. For any patient that is a smoker, it is extremely important that you quit well before surgery as smoking increases surgical risk and inhibits healthy healing. Soreness in the chest and breast area is also normal, similar to what one feels after a vigorous workout. Any discomfort should subside within two weeks post surgery. Minor swelling and bruising is a normal part of the healing process.
There are different types of incisions that are used for breast augmentation depending on the goals of the patient. The type of implant chosen for the procedure also influences this decision. Incisions can be made in the belly button, under the crease of the breast, in the armpit, or below the areola. Dr. Stoker will guide you to choose an incision that will give you the most natural look with minimal scarring. If you do have visible scars, they will appear red at first, but will gradually fade to a natural skin color over a period of 6 months to a year. It is important that you leave the incisions alone and not scratch or rub them even though they may itch in the early stages of healing.
Ultimately, the most important part of your recovery process has to do with the surgeon you choose to perform the procedure. An experienced surgeon will be able to produce the results that you desire with minimal scarring and a speedy recovery time. Many people choose Dr. Stoker to perform their breast augmentation because he is a leader in his field. Not only was he a clinical investigator for the new cohesive gel implants, but he is also author to several plastic surgery textbook chapters on cosmetic surgery safety and techniques. If you want to see the amazing results that he has produced for his other breast augmentation patients, visit his breast augmentation before and after gallery.