Some women are born with small chests. Others lose breast volume after weight loss, nursing, medical conditions or aging. However, you don’t have to settle for the way you look. At Dr. Usal Cosmetic Surgery Center in Paramus, NJ, we are here to help you achieve the breasts of your dreams. Are you ready to invest in your happiness and self-worth with breast augmentation? We’re here to help you every step of the way as you consider your breast enlargement options.
What Is Breast Enhancement?
Breast enhancement, also known as breast augmentation, is a cosmetic procedure designed to add volume to your breasts. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if you are dissatisfied by the volume or asymmetry of your breasts due to nursing, weight loss or just bad genes.
What Type of Implant Is Right for Me?
A lot of time and careful introspection goes into determining the best type of implant for your lifestyle and aesthetic goals. Besides the material of the implant, you have to consider, the size, shape and volume that is right for you.
Many women make the mistake of choosing a volume that is far too large to be proportionate with the rest of their contours. They then have to undergo another procedure to correct the excessively large implants. During your initial consultation, we will take several body measurements to help you determine the ideal volume of your breast implants.
Silicone implants, historically, have been the most popular breast implant material. They feature silicone gel encased in a hard silicone plastic shell. If the implant ruptures, the silicone will remain within its housing. Silicone has always been a popular choice because the implants feel more like natural breasts. However, you may need to come in for imaging tests every few years to ensure these implants stay in position.
Saline implants feature a sterile saltwater solution encased in a hard silicone gel shell. If the implant ruptures, the saline solution will leak into your body and be absorbed just like water and salt. This type of implant is often chosen because it is much lower maintenance than silicone implants.
How to Prepare for Breast Enlargement in 10 Simple Steps
Step 1: Read the ASPS Booklet
During your initial consultation, ask us about the breast enlargement booklet published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This quick, easy-to-read booklet is loaded with valuable information regarding what to expect before, during and after your breast enhancement. Once you receive this booklet, read it carefully to ensure you have a thorough understanding of what to expect.
Step 2: Schedule Your Semi-Annual and Annual Appointments
Before your breast enlargement procedure, schedule any dental procedures or mammograms that you need to get done this year. Once you have received breast enhancement, you must wait six months before receiving these kinds of check-ups.
Step 3: Stop Smoking
Ideally, you should go six weeks before and after your procedure without smoking. However, this can prove impossible for some women. To be a good candidate for breast enhancement, you must commit to not smoking for at least four weeks before and two weeks after your procedure. This is essential because drastically elevated blood pressure can affect your recovery time and does nothing to mitigate the risk of an infection.
Step 4: Stop Using Nicotine
We get asked a lot if a client can use nicotine gum or patches prior to and following her procedure. Unfortunately, the answer is no. You must abstain from consuming nicotine from any source, including gum, patches, e-liquid and chewing tobacco for at least two weeks prior to and five days after your procedure.
We will review your medical history during your initial consultation. If you are a smoker, we will test your urine the day of your scheduled procedure for any by-products of smoking. If we find nicotine in your urine, your procedure may be canceled. It’s just that important.
Step 5: Stop Taking Certain Medications and Supplements
Just as raising your blood pressure can affect the outcome of your procedure, so can thinning your blood. Avoid any blood-thinning medications, including Wayfarin, aspirin and NSAIDs, for 14 days before and two days after your procedure. If you feel any pain or discomfort during this time, you are free to take Tylenol as recommended on the label.
Moreover, you must avoid certain nutritional and dietary supplements for the same time period. These include vitamin E, fish oil, Ginko biloba, garlic and St. John’s Wort.
Step 6: Arrange for Post-Op Support
Make sure you have a support system in place to help you fill your prescriptions after your procedure. You will receive prescriptions for antibiotics to eliminate any chance of infection and analgesics to provide pain relief. This person should drive you to your appointment as this is an outpatient procedure.
You are free to go home after the procedure, but you will not be able to drive within 24 hours of undergoing general anesthesia. Your support buddy should speak with the nurse in your recovery room to ensure they have a clear understanding of the care you will need to receive. Your partner should also stay with you for at least 24 hours post-op to ensure you do not over-exert yourself.
Step 7: Follow a Strict Hygiene Protocol
Do not shave within three days of your procedure. Shower the night before and morning of your appointment with an antibacterial soap. We strongly recommend Dove, but acceptable alternatives include Lever 2000 and Hibiclens.
When bathing, pay particular attention to your underarms and chest. You should also wash your hair the night before your procedure. Under no circumstances should you apply lotion, powder or deodorant the day of your procedure.
Step 8: Dress for Success and Comfort
Do not wear any nail polish or jewelry on the day of your procedure. This includes body piercings, sculptured nails, watches, rings, necklaces and bracelets. For monitoring purposes, we may have to clip nails that are excessively long. For comfort, we recommend wearing a loose-fitting, button-down shirt. You will not want to pull a tank top down over your head after your breast enlargement.
Step 9: Understand What to Expect the Day of Your Procedure
Arrive on time the day of your procedure. Your anesthesiologist will evaluate you. Then, you will see your physician. Dr. Usal will measure and mark your breasts to prepare for your breast enhancement. Expect to spend two to three hours receiving your breast enhancement. Once that is done, you will spend an hour or two in a recovery room as the anesthesia wears off. After that, we will discharge you and you are free to return home.
Step 10: Make Sure You Understand What You Can’t Do
There are lots of things you should do after your procedure to ensure the best results. These include taking arnica supplements to prevent swelling, wearing sunblock and protective clothing for six to 12 months, taking antibiotics as prescribed and massaging your breasts after your follow-up appointment. However, it is just as important to understand what you cannot do after your procedure.
What Should I Avoid After My Procedure?
For the first 48 hours after your procedure, do not take any medication or supplement that can thin your blood. We will give your support person a list of these drugs and supplements before you are discharged.
Included on the list are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, omega supplements like omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9, baby aspirin and any supplement including vitamin E. For comfort during the first two days following your procedure, you may take your prescription pain reliever or Tylenol as necessary.
You may shower two days after your procedure. Do not use a hot tub or soak in the bathtub until instructed by Dr. Usal. Avoid using over-the-counter lotions, herbal preparations or solutions on your chest unless otherwise instructed.
You may not sleep on your stomach or side until Dr. Usal advises you may do so. You should sleep on your back for at least the first one to three weeks following your procedure.
Do not wear a bra with an underwire for approximately three months after your procedure. If you are given a soft bra, wear it day and night for the first two to three weeks following your procedure. You may remove it to wash it, but it should be worn to bed as instructed.
Avoid tanning your chest for at least six to 12 months following your procedure. You should also avoid prolonged unprotected sun exposure. Wear clothing over your chest with UVA and UVB protection or wear broad-spectrum SPF 35 sunscreen before you go outside. If you have particularly fair skin, you may need sunscreen with an SPF upwards of 70.
After the six to 12-month timeframe has passed, you should still protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Leaving the house without sunscreen on can lead to sun spots, wrinkles, significantly uneven pigmentation and skin cancer, among other medical conditions.
Range of Motion
After your breast enhancement, you should not bend down below your waist or lift anything over 10 pounds for the first four weeks. Approximately four to six weeks after your breast enhancement, you may try to lift objects weighing up to 25 pounds. If this causes discomfort, stop doing it.
You should also avoid pushing yourself off of a surface, such as a chair or bed, with your arms or elbows for at least a week or two after your breast enhancement. Call us and ask us before you try this if you feel you are ready to.
Avoid strenuous activity for at least the first four weeks after your breast enhancement. Approximately three weeks after your procedure, you may begin to perform lower body exercises. However, you should avoid upper body exercises for at least the first four weeks post-op.
You may be unable to perform exercises that work your pecs if your implant was inserted beneath the muscle. You should also wait at least a week post-op to have sex.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
Plan to take two to three weeks off of work following your breast enhancement. If your job involves manual labor, you may need to plan on taking three to four weeks off of work. To ensure a smooth recovery, take your antibiotics as prescribed, do not take a bath until instructed by Dr. Usal and massage your chest as instructed.
Learn More About How to Get the Perfect Breasts Today
Do you want to learn more about what to expect before, during and after breast enlargement? If you do, contact Dr. Usal Cosmetic Surgery Center in Paramus, NJ today to schedule your initial consultation. We will walk you through all the details of the type, size and shape of your implants, as well as what to do to ensure the best results.