Pre- and Post-Op Care for Breast Augmentation

Serving Salt Lake City, Utah and surrounding areas

For hundreds of thousands of women a year, breast augmentation helps boost self-confidence, reconstruct breasts damaged by surgery or tumor removal, and correct asymmetrical breasts. Of course, the most common reason that women seek breast implants is for cosmetic purposes; they are unhappy with their appearance for one reason or another and want an enhancement to help them look and feel better.

For each patient, the desired surgical results are going to be different. Some may want minor alterations, while others seek a drastic change; shape is a major consideration, as well. For this reason it is important that patients are as educated as possible going into surgery. A consultation with Dr. Moore is absolutely imperative before considering breast augmentation surgery.

There are many different types of implants and techniques available for women seeking breast augmentation; therefore surgery will be different from case to case. The one thing that they have in common, however, is that they are performed under general anesthesia, or, in rare cases, local anesthesia with a heavy sedative, and can be performed as an outpatient procedure or in a hospital as an inpatient procedure. Surgery can last between 1 and 2 hours.

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Dr. Moore will make an incision, position the implant into the desired placement, and then stitch together the skin where the incision was made. There are three variables that can determine the results and success of surgery: type of implant, site of incision and placement of implant

Two Types of Implant Placement
The "Under" Approach

With the "under" approach, the implants are totally behind the breasts. The advantages of this approach are ease of placement, there is no implant visibility, no rippling of the implant surface, low mammography interference, and no scars left on the breast. Within a few days after surgery, you should feel well enough to return to work, depending on what type of job you have.

The "Over" Approach

In the "over" approach, the implants are actually inside the breast. Some of the advantages of this approach are the surgery is fairly easy to perform and can be accomplished by almost any surgeon; there is less post-operative discomfort; and this procedure allows for the insertion of oversize implants, which some women want.

Suggestions for Before and After Surgery

Before surgery prepare your life to be very simple for the two weeks following surgery. Buy microwave dinners, soda in cans or boxed juices. Bring things you will need down from shelves so you won't be stretching to get them later. Lay out all your shirts that don't require being pulled over your head. You'll want to wear them for at least two weeks. Put the remote, pain medication and something to drink by your bedside. Make sure you have plenty of supplies on hand within easy reach.

You should clean the house so you won't have to contend with it when you're feeling badly. Fill the car up with gas (you won't be driving right away, but when you do, your arms won't feel like pumping gas).  Water your plants before you go into surgery.

After surgery you will experience some pain, bruising, and swelling.  The extent of these after-effects and how long they last varies for every patient, but incision and placement site can be contributing factors. There will be scaring from the incision, and some slight bleeding usually happens for the first few days. Heavy exercise should be avoided for several weeks based on your doctor's recommendation.  A return to work can usually happen one or two weeks after surgery.

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation surgery in Utah, please contact the office of Dr. Moore today to schedule your initial consultation.

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For more information on the types of breast implants we offer, please feel free to call us at 801-685-2730 or email us at your convenience.