Breast Reduction Recovery and Breast Lift Recovery: A Week-By-Week Guide
Learn what Breast Reduction recovery is like (and Breast Lift recovery) in this a week-by-week guide from Dr. Tannan herself!
It’s normal to have a few things you might want to change about your appearance, including your breasts. Some women have always felt uncomfortable with their breast size or shape or are considering Breast Augmentation. Others might want breast implants because of body changes after weight loss or pregnancy. Either way, it is essential to feel good about ourselves inside and out so we can confidently go forward in our personal and professional lives.
If you feel like your body doesn’t look like it should and are exploring ways to change your breasts, then Breast Augmentation with saline breast implants or silicone “gummy bear” breast implants might be right for you. On this page we discuss why women choose Breast Augmentation with breast implants, when you know it’s the right time for surgery, and what the surgery and recovery are like. While you are doing your research before your consultation, be sure to check out Dr. Tannan’s blog where she answers the most common questions she gets during patient consults in her all-female office! To get a better sense of what’s right for you, come in to the office to have Dr. Tannan go over everything in person and show you her Breast Augmentation before and after gallery.
Women choose to have Breast Augmentation for many reasons and at different times in life. Some of these include:
Our breasts change shape and go through a few different sizes during pregnancy, breastfeeding and afterward. Breasts that were once firm and perky naturally soften and hang or sag. Many women want a return to that fullness they enjoyed before kids or during breastfeeding. Some women seek Breast Augmentation surgery after having children. In fact, most women who end up having breast implants placed are typically between the ages of 30-39, often following childbirth. We often perform a Mommy Makeover at that same time, a combination of Breast Augmentation and a Tummy Tuck.
When we lose weight, unfortunately we don’t get to choose where on our bodies that weight comes off. The majority of breast tissue is fat, and women who work hard to lose weight may discover some changes in their breast size. How much difference you see depends on your body and the amount of weight lost. Plus, as you lose or gain weight, the skin around your breast tissue loses more of its elasticity, which alters your breast’s shape. Weight loss or gain can affect each breast differently, leaving you more asymmetrical than before. A Breast Augmentation can help restore the look and feel you want.
Some women are born with breasts that make them unhappy — and that’s no less of a reason to consider the procedure. Women’s breasts come in all shapes and sizes. You may feel yours are too small for your frame or have a tubular shape you dislike. You may have puffy nipples where most of your breast tissue pushes out through the nipple. No two breasts are exactly the same. In some cases, the difference between your breasts can be drastic, which may make you feel self-conscious. If your breast size or shape causes frustration on a regular basis, Breast Augmentation may help.
Breast Augmentation surgery is safe, and it is the most common plastic surgery procedure in the US. During an augmentation, Dr. Tannan places silicone or saline breast implants to enhance your natural breasts. These implants are placed under the breast tissue, or deeper, under the pectoral muscle. The location of the implants depends on your body and your lifestyle. During your consultation, Dr. Tannan will work with you to decide which option will give you the look you crave – whether it is above or below the muscle. She will go over the pros and cons with you personally, and describe what you can expect from your body.
When performing this surgery, your board-certified plastic surgeon will make one incision on each breast. These scars end up in the bra line at the bottom of the breast, where your underwire on your bra hits your chest. Scarring from these incisions is minimal and hidden when wearing a bra or bikini. Dr. Tannan will discuss additional ways to reduce scarring during your consultation if you are wondering if you need a breast lift in addition to breast implants.
During your visit, we will help you try out different breast implant sizes. This process allows you to visualize and feel the difference a breast implant would make on you. Only you can make that decision, but Dr. Tannan’s extensive experience as a female board-certified plastic surgeon will serve as a guide. We work with you to find the right-sized breast implants that will give you the most natural look and feel — and will fit in with your lifestyle, including activities and athletics.
Sometimes, your breast tissue has stretched so significantly from changes with weight, pregnancy, or other life events. In this case, Dr. Tannan may recommend a Breast Lift to restore the youthful shape of your breast while maintaining a natural look.
One of the most common questions we get is how much a procedure will cost. We put together a fantastic resource that explains the typical cost of a Breast Augmentation, as well as other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures like Breast Lift and Liposuction. Take a few minutes with our helpful guide – the Plastic Surgery Cost Calculator. As with any surgery, each procedure is unique to the individual. A consultation with Dr. Tannan will provide you with a clearer idea of cost for your procedure.
Recovery from Breast Augmentation surgery is relatively straightforward. You should expect to refrain from any strenuous activity for several weeks. It helps to plan to take at least one week off from work after surgery. We recommend that you also avoid activities involving overhead shoulder motion so your breast implants can heal in the proper position. Learn more about the breast implant surgery recovery process and timeline by visiting our Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Calculator.
Here are Before and After pictures of different patients that underwent a Breast Augmentation by Dr. Tannan. Slide the cursor to see the difference that a Breast Augmentation procedure makes in restoring a youthful shape with a natural look. This difference can be as subtle or as dramatic as you want.
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