Breast Augmentation

What is Breast Augmentation?

  • a surgical procedure that uses implants to alter the size and shape of a woman's breasts
  • a woman's bust size can be increased by one or more cup sizes

Who should consider Breast Augmentation?

  • any woman who
    • feels her breast size is too small
    • has decreased fullness after pregnancy or weight loss
    • notes her breasts are asymmetric
    • has a disfigured or missing breast due to trauma, heredity, or congenital abnormalities

How do I know if I am a good candidate? Back to Top

  • you are physically healthy
    • be honest with Dr. Culbertson about medications, including over-the-counter, vitamins, or supplements, drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes
  • you are psychologically stable
  • your expectations are realistic
    • you are seeking improvement, not perfection
    • you do not expect it to change your overall looks, your life, or how people treat you

How do I prepare for Breast Augmentation? Back to Top

  • consult with Dr. Culbertson
    • have your complete medical history ready, she will need to review
    • you and she will discuss your expectations and desires very carefully
      • what improvement(s) you wish to achieve
      • what type of implant to use
      • if any other procedures are appropriate
    • Dr. Culbertson will explain her technique, the type of anesthesia, the facility where the surgery will be done, and the risks and benefits of the surgery
  • you may need to have a mammogram
  • you will have instructions on eating, drinking, medications to avoid or that you must take
    • please follow these guidelines, they are there to keep you safe
  • arrange for someone to drive you home from surgery
  • make sure you have someone with you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery and even longer if you need it

What do I expect from Breast Augmentation? Back to Top

  • it will be done at an outpatient surgery center
  • you will have general anesthesia (where you go to sleep)
  • your implants will be inserted and positioned according to your preoperative planning with Dr. Culbertson
  • you may have small drainage tubes in place

What can I expect after Breast Augmentation? Back to Top

  • your chest will feel tight and sore, you will have pain medicine that should keep this under control
  • you are likely to feel tired for a few days
  • your drainage tubes will be removed one or two days after surgery
  • stitches will be removed in a week or two
  • it will take three to five weeks for the swelling in your breasts to go down

When will I feel like myself again? Back to Top

  • you will be up and around in 24 to 48 hours
  • depending upon the type of work you do, you may return to work a few days after surgery
  • it will take at least two to three weeks for your breasts to tolerate direct stimulation, contact can begin once your breasts are no longer sore
  • your activities will be restricted for the first few weeks after surgery, be sure to carefully follow your surgeonís instructions
  • within a few weeks, you should be back to feeling like yourself

How will I look? Back to Top

  • your breasts will be swollen for a few weeks
  • your scars may be pink and firm at first
    • these will fade over the weeks to months after surgery
    • they will always be there and are usually less noticeable over time
  • routine mammograms, according to your age, should be done at a facility that can do the special views required with breast implants
    • it is very important to perform your monthly breast self-examination
    • you should follow up with Dr. Culbertson as instructed
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