Why do you prefer silicone over saline?
Silicone is preferred for a number of reasons:
- Because saline implants have a valve, it is the number one reason of leakage. Silicone implants do not have a valve, which means it has a much less chance of leaking.
- Saline implants automatically sets you up for a second surgery. The silicone implants of today are created with memory gel, and is not liquid. If the implant ruptures, it won’t leak. If saline breaks, it deflates quickly and becomes an urgent surgery.
- Saline implants are harder than silicone implants.
- The Allergan Natrelle implants do not show any rippling due to their thicker outer shell.
Will I need to have someone stay with me after my breast augmentation surgery?
What can I expect of the recovery after a breast augmentation?
Take it easy for three days to prevent excess bleeding. You can typically drive after 3-4 days after surgery.
After one week, you can take long walks.
After 2 weeks, you can go swimming.
After 3 weeks, you can work out at the gym.
After 4 weeks, you can go running.
How long after surgery do I have to wait to shave?
Typically seven days.
How long after surgery do I have to wait to use deodorant?
Typically seven days.
Why choose a plastic surgeon who is Board Certified versus one who is not?
Board certification means the individual has taken 3 or more years of general surgery, and 2-3 years plastic surgery training. They also have intense scrutiny by professors. Board certification does not guarantee artistic ability, but assures the surgery’s safety.
Some surgeons in Hawaii who claim to be plastic surgeons are not M.D.s. Some who claim to be board certified may be certified in a specialty other than plastic surgery. Look for a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
What can I expect directly after my procedure? Will a hospital stay be needed?
Breast augmentations are most often done in surgery centers and rarely in hospitals. 99% of all patients go home with a care giver the same day after surgery. Hospital stays are not typically necessary.
How long does Breast Augmentation surgery take?
Approximately 2-3.5 hours
How long does it take to fully recover from a Breast Augmentation?
Full recovery is normally at one month; meaning full physical activity with no restrictions occurs about a month after surgery. Also around the same time, you feel like the implants are emotionally and physically a part of your body, and not something foreign.
When can I return to work after undergoing a breast augmentation?
Desk jobs with minimal mobility: Typically in about 5 days.
Physically demanding jobs: Typically 9-10 days.
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