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What to Expect During your Breast Augmentation

What to Expect During your Breast Augmentation

Dr. Reynolds is a plastic surgeon in El Paso that specializes in breast augmentation in all its forms. "I strive to improve my patients appearance with breast augmentation," says Dr. Reynolds, "I am committed to providing thorough consultations, pre-operative education, and post operative care."

Prior to your breast augmentation surgery, you will have an initial consultation with Dr. Reynolds. This is your chance to have all of your questions about breast augmentation surgery answered. 

Dr. Reynolds will inform you of what directions you must follow prior to the breast augmentation surgery. You may need to avoid smoking, certain vitamins and drugs, and some food or drink. Also, your plastic surgeon will evaluate your overall health to make sure you are not at risk for any unnecessary complications during breast augmentation surgery, or during the recovery from the surgery.

Breast augmentation is a common form of plastic surgery performed in the United States, but it is still a surgical procedure, and must be performed by a professional in a medical environment.

On the day of your breast augmentation, you should arrive with a companion to help you after the procedure. Breast augmentation can be performed in an independent surgical facility, or it can be performed in a hospital.

Most of the time, breast augmentation is performed while you are under general anesthesia. This means that you will not feel anything and you will be unconscious for the entire procedure.

During the breast augmentation, Dr. Reynolds will make an incision either next to the areola, in the inframammary crease, or in the transaxillary (armpit) crease. You and Dr. Reynolds will decide what incision is best for you prior to the breast augmentation surgery.

Once Dr. Reynolds has made the incision for the breast augmentation surgery, he will create a pocket behind the breast for the implant. Depending on where you have decided to place the implant, the pocket will be created either in front, partially behind, or completely behind the chest wall muscle.

After the pocket has been created, the breast implant will be inserted. During breast augmentation, the implant can be selected so that it is either filled prior to the surgery, or so that it is filled once it has been placed.

If the implant must be filled, Dr. Reynolds will fill it with saline (salt water), otherwise, after the implant is placed, the breast augmentation is complete, and the surgeon will close the incision and place bandages around the area to aid the healing process.

After breast augmentation surgery, you will be able to return home to recover. After a few days of healing, the gauze will be removed from the area, but you will still wear a surgical bra as directed. There are no sutures to be removed and any swelling should subside after a few weeks.

For a few weeks your breasts may be sore, but light activity and work can be resumed after just a couple days of rest. Dr. Reynolds will inform you of how long after breast augmentation surgery you should wait to resume some normal activities and exercise.

Scarring from breast augmentation surgery should lessen as the healing process continues, but good placement of the incision and the natural creases or folds of the body should conceal any scars.

Call Dr. Reynolds today to set up an appointment to discuss if breast augmentation is right for you.

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