The average recovery time is about six weeks. The majority of your swelling should resolve by this point, but slight swelling may remain anywhere from six months to a year after surgery.
The worst of the pain will be present in the first few days following your surgery, during which you will likely experience swelling of the breasts and possibly some mild bruising. Dr. Spies will prescribe medication to help control the pain.
It is typical to have scarring at the incision site. If your incision is made along the inframammary fold, your breast tissue will hide the scar. Scarring that occurs around the areola is likely to fade over time. The average time for a scar to heal is about one to two years.
There is a variety of factors that can affect the cost of breast augmentation surgery. Geographical location, the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia costs, and implant type can all affect the cost of surgery. On average, the cost of breast augmentation starts at $5,000.
Breast implants do not significantly correct breast ptosis (sagging). If your breasts are an adequate size but are sagging, a breast lift can restore them to a perkier position and a more youthful shape. If you desire a size increase and a lift, Dr. Spies can discuss with you the advantages of combining a breast lift with your augmentation.
As with any surgery, there is the very rare risk of infection and bleeding complications. There are also risks associated with the use of implants that may require surgery in the future. Such risks include capsular contracture (tightening of scar tissue around the implant), implant rupture/deflation, and bottoming out (the implant stretching the pocket and dropping below the breast tissue). However, properly following your aftercare instructions and contacting your surgeon at the first sign of any possible problem can help lower your chances of developing a complication.
Barring any complications that would necessitate the replacement of your implants, breast augmentation surgery provides long-lasting results. Dr. Spies will discuss the expectations you should have of your surgery results.