Each woman who undergoes breast implant surgery will offer a different perspective on the experience. Most women will describe how supportive and caring the support staff was, and how sensitive and reassuring the cosmetic surgeon was as he guided them through the preparation and surgical sequence. Great care will be shown to explain how the women will feel and the expected recovery experience. The entire process that goes on outside the operating room is nearly as important as what goes on inside the surgical suite. Depending on how well the women integrate the information they have been presented will dictate the path of recovery they will experience. To ignore some of the instructions after the procedure will make dealing with discomfort harder. Some instructions, if ignored will increase the risk of infection and other complications.
What To Expect After Breast Implant Surgery
Your doctor and surgical nurse will explain to you what to expect after you awaken from anesthesia, and what signs and symptoms to be aware of. When you are fit to leave the recovery room and head home, make sure you have the answers to questions that may arise after you get home. It can be nerve-racking to try to reach your doctor after hours if you require some advice about a situation that was not explained earlier. Make sure you know what to do in the event of bleeding that seeps through the dressing, or if a fever occurs, or if pain is more than you feel is appropriate. Anticipating these problems can make an uncertain situation an easy one to deal with.
The Course Of A Normal Post-op Healing Period
The method of breast implantation can result in a number of areas on the chest and armpit areas that may be painful to some degree. The level of pain is usually mild to moderate and can be alleviated by applying local cool packs and some form of pain medication. In a short period, the discomfort will subside and at some point the patient will return to the doctor's office for a recheck. With bandages off, you may get a chance to view the results of the breast augmentation surgery. Right after the operation, the effects of the operation are at their most prominent. The breasts are larger, firmer, and project just as promised by the cosmetic surgeon. Free from infection or undue scarring, the patient is usually overjoyed at her new silhouette. After a period of weeks to months, as tissues begin to be relieved of swelling, and begin to relax, the breasts may begin drop slightly and lose some of their projection and fullness. This is normal in the healing process and simply means that the breast tissue is settling back into a non-inflamed consistency. Nowadays, cosmetic surgeons will advise the patient of this situation and recommend that the preferences that the patient voices take into account this falling away from the perfect result. The doctor will perform the procedure and make the necessary adjustments to the tension he applies in order to account for post-operative relaxing of the breast tissue.
Causes For Breast Implant Redo
While the physical and emotional benefits of silicone or saline breast implants have been heralded as cause for great joy in both men and women, the reality of the situation is that the surgery is known not to last. Of the causes for breast augmentation redo or implant removal, rupture of the implant itself and capsular contracture are the leading causes. Over a period of time, the silicone covering of the implant prosthesis can degrade and become weak, resulting in the implant leaking its contents into the surrounding pocket or capsule. Capsular contracture appears gradually as a firming and protruding of the breast. Most cosmetic surgeons will claim that breast implants can last five to ten years, but may need to be replaced sooner. There are women who have had no problems after ten years, but this is not typical. Breast implants can be replaced with less discomfort and inconvenience that the original surgery, especially if done immediately after the rupture is detected. Women who have had no pre-op breast augmentation risks and made an uneventful post-op recovery, usually go on to enjoy the benefits of breast implants for years. When the time comes for replacement, most just chalk it up to the limitations of the currently available technology and get them redone. It is up to the individual candidate to decide, with full knowledge of the unpredictable life-span of breast implants, whether the benefits outweigh the risks.