After Breast Augmentation, not everyone is completely satisfied with their implants and may desire to have breast implant exchange surgery. This may be due to size or changes in the breasts after childbirth. Whatever the reason, Dr. Dahan performs implant exchange surgery to replace breast implants.
Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that can elevate your breast to a more youthful and attractive position. A breast lift is the treatment of choice in women with sagging or drooping breasts (ptosis) caused by development, aging, weight fluctuations, pregnancy and nursing. Learn more.
Breast Reduction is a procedure that reduces the size and lifts the breasts. It is usually performed on women with larger breasts who suffer from neck, back and shoulder pain with digging bra straps and occasionally, rashes under the breasts. Learn More.
Breast Procedures FAQs:
What Happens at My Initial Cosmetic Breast Procedure Consultation?
During your initial consultation for a cosmetic procedure like breast augmentation or a breast lift, the primary focus will be on your goals, expectations, and reasons for wanting surgery. This visit is dedicated to understanding what you want to achieve and ensuring that your expected outcome is in line with what your chosen procedure can accomplish. After asking you questions about your surgical goals, Dr. Dahan will ask you about your medical and health history and also may ask about your lifestyle. This important conversation provides the doctor with the information he needs to plan the safest, most rewarding surgery. It provides you with the information you need to plan an optimal recovery. A brief physical examination also takes place during your visit. The doctor will look at your breasts and discuss how the surgical procedure can enhance their shape. This examination identifies tissue characteristics that may need to be addressed as a part of your treatment. For example, if you want to enlarge your breasts but you already have noticeable breast ptosis, the doctor may recommend breast augmentation with a breast lift.
At the end of your initial consultation for breast surgery, you will know what can be achieved, what surgical procedure or procedures will accomplish the intended outcome, and what you can expect in terms of surgical preparation and recovery.
How Long Does a Breast Augmentation Procedure Take to Complete?
When performed as the sole procedure, breast augmentation takes one to two hours. The doctor will let you know how long surgery will take if you combine two techniques, such as breast augmentation with a lift. As you prepare for your surgery, you can plan to be at the surgical center for four to five hours. Breast augmentation is usually performed using general anesthesia. After your procedure, you'll remain in the monitored recovery area for some time. Once the effects of your anesthesia have worn off enough for you to safely walk with minimal assistance, you will be released. You'll need to arrange to have someone pick you up at the surgery center and take you home. Ideally, you will have someone who can stay with you for one to two days as you begin your recovery period.
What Should You Expect After Breast Augmentation?
There are milestones that occur in the days, weeks, and months after breast augmentation, beginning with pain relief and tissue recovery. After your breast augmentation, you can expect to feel quite sore, as you would after a very strenuous chest workout. The day after surgery, soreness may prevent you from wanting to move around very much. Of course, this is all subjective. We describe this type of discomfort as a general guide to post-surgical pain. In addition to rest, the use of ice and your prescription pain medication will help soothe this tightness and soreness. You may be more fatigued than usual for a few days. Be sure to offset rest and sleep with short walks around the house. The movement will promote the sustained blood flow that is needed to keep blood clots from forming in the legs.
In addition to swelling, bruising, and itching near your incisions, you can expect your breasts to look firm and high on your chest. These side effects will all gradually subside in a matter of a few weeks. Your compression garment and limited physical activity will help you move past these side effects more quickly.
Is Breast Reduction a Risky Surgery?
Every year, more than 40,000 breast reduction surgeries take place in the United States. The vast majority of these procedures experience excellent outcomes. All surgical procedures carry risks. These can relate to anesthesia, infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. The most common side effects that breast reduction patients experience are soreness and tenderness, bruising, swelling, and itching. During your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dahan, he will discuss a more exhaustive list of surgical risks that may pertain to your case.
Is a Breast Reduction Procedure Painful?
No. Breast reduction, like our other breast surgeries, is performed using proper anesthesia, which works systemically to blunt pain reception throughout the body. The discomfort that occurs after breast reduction surgery is manageable with your prescription pain medication and short-term activity restrictions.
How Long Does it Take for a Breast Lift to Look Normal?
After a breast lift, it's not uncommon for the breasts to look firm and slightly high. Asymmetry can also occur. This can happen because the breasts don't experience the same degree of swelling and tightness, nor do they recover from surgery at exactly the same pace. Your surgical side effects should subside in one to two weeks, revealing a more natural appearance. That said, while you should see more symmetry and softness, it can take up to a year for your breasts to fully heal after your procedure.