Preparing for Your Surgery Day
Before your breast implant surgery, you will need a full medical evaluation with Dr. Lewis. This allows you to talk about the procedure and get feedback from the doctor. You may also be advised to stop taking certain medications days or even weeks before your surgical procedure.
Breast Augmentation Surgeries are done as an outpatient procedure.
The surgical procedure will only take one to two hours, before which you will likely be given general anesthesia to make you sleep for a pain-free experience. Dr. Lewis will make an incision under your breasts or arms or around your nipples depending on your body, the type of implant, and/or how much enlargement is being done. Dr. Lewis will then put the breast implant into a pocket above or below your chest muscle, closing the incisions with sutures or surgical tape after the implants are in position.
You will be in the recovery room for approximately one hour before being discharged, after which most patients will spend the rest of the day sleeping or relaxing.
Recovery After Your Breast Surgery
After surgery, your incisions will be covered with gauze, and you may have drainage tubes, which will be removed in a few days. Dr. Lewis recommends wearing a surgical bra as you heal. You'll need to take it easy for a few days after your surgical procedure. For instance, you shouldn't do any heavy lifting for up to six weeks after getting your implants.
Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help relieve discomfort. Your doctor may also prescribe a stronger pain medication for you. You will probably have some swelling in the area where the surgery was done, though the swelling should ease and the scars will fade over time.
Post Op Maintenance
Breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime. Typically, they can last between 10 to 15 years, so you may need to have the implants replaced if you have complications, or if the size and shape of your breasts change over time.
Women who have silicone implants will need to get an MRI scan three years after the implant surgery and then MRI scans about every two years to check for silent rupture. If your implants rupture, you will need to have them removed or replaced. Please notify Dr. Lewis if you have any problems with your implants.
Having breast implants may make it more difficult to get a mammogram, but special X-ray views can be done. There is a chance breast implants may make you more likely to get breast cancer. Breast implants may also make it harder for you to breastfeed.
MAKING PERSONAL ARRANGEMENTS
You should have someone drive you to and from your procedure, as well as a friend or relative who can stay with you for the first 24 hours after your breast augmentation procedure.
If you have small children, you may want to make arrangements for their care, as well. Prepare extra food ahead of time and have plenty of fluids and crackers available. Minimize your responsibilities at work and at home so that you can have a few relaxing days to recover.
Make sure any prescription medications have been filled and are in a convenient location. Have an extra roll of gauze and antibiotic cream on hand, as instructed by Dr. Lewis.
On the day of your surgery, you should have your identification and a small bag to carry medication and paperwork.