Precision Plastic Surgery Answers Breast Implant Questions
Turn to the experts at Precision Plastic Surgery when you want breast implants in Austin, TX. Breast augmentation is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the industry and helps women around the world feel more beautiful and comfortable in their own skin. This procedure, when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, allows most patients to return home the same day. The immediate gratification of the breast augmentation procedure appeals to many women, as recovery is minimal, and most can return to work within a few days. Dr. John McFate is a board-certified plastic surgeon and has actually worked with the surgeons who performed the very first silicone gel implant breast augmentation that occurred in 1962. Dr. McFate has even met the first patient to undergo this procedure. She continues to be very happy with her original implants.
- Who Is a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Women seeking breast augmentation surgery have likely pondered the idea for a considerable period of time. It is crucial that you desire the procedure for your own reasons and not because of external pressure. Patients of a wide range of ages are candidates for breast enhancement for a variety of reasons. We can discuss your goals and reasons for seeking the procedure during your initial consultation to determine whether or not you are a good candidate. Whether you desire more volume, correction of asymmetry, or have other reasons, Dr. McFate can help you determine the best course of action.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an abnormal mammogram, you are not a good candidate for breast augmentation. We also will not perform the surgery if you have breast cancer or another illness or infection. It is also important to us that all our candidates have realistic expectations for the post-surgery results. Our ideal candidate is healthy, has thought through the decision thoroughly, and has clear and realistic expectations for what the procedure entails and the outcome it will produce. See our breast augmentation gallery for examples of before and after results.
- How Long Will It Take Before I’m Able to Go Back to Work?
Many of our patients enjoy a quick recovery period after their breast augmentation surgery. Some patients can return to work within a few days, although this is not guaranteed for every individual. It is common for patients to return home the same day as the procedure, though we recommend taking it easy for six weeks following the surgery. We do not recommend any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for those six weeks, but almost all patients can return to work within two weeks.
- When Can I Take a Shower After Breast Augmentation Surgery?
You may shower 24 hours after surgery, but it is advisable to wait 48 hours to prevent wetting the incision area. After 24 hours, you may remove the dressings except for any skin tapes or steri-strips covering the incisions. Be sure to remove these before showering, so they do not become saturated and increase the risk of infection. Any stitches or steri-strips can be gently washed over and will eventually fall out on their own. Be sure to shower, not bathe for the first two weeks following your procedure. You should also take care to blot dry your breasts and the incision area with a clean towel after they get wet.
- When Will My Sutures (Stitches) Be Removed?
Depending on your recovery, stitches may be removed after one week, or left to dissolve in the next six to eight weeks. If your stitches are visible or palpable, you mustn’t pull on them. You can stay in communication with our team throughout the recovery process to ensure your stitches and all other aspects are healing on a healthy timeline.
- When Can I Take a Bath or Go to the Pool or Beach?
Please avoid all bodies of water, including bathing, swimming pools, hot tubs, oceans, lakes, etc. for at least two weeks after the surgery. It takes the skin this long to regain its natural water-resistance. You should also avoid swimming so as not to put any undue stress on your incision area and healing chest. Keeping your sutures and stitches dry also reduces your risk of infection. As a general rule, you should wait to submerge your breasts until all incisions are completely healed. If you do choose to swim soon after your breasts have healed, be sure to dry your breasts completely and immediately change out of any wet clothing.
- Why Choose Precision Plastic Surgery for Breast Augmentation?
Dr. John McFate is a board certified plastic surgeon and he not only owns the practice, but he is also the sole practitioner. That means you know exactly who will be performing your breast augmentation. When you choose Precision Plastic Surgery, you will get Dr. McFate’s expertise and experience. He and his skilled team offer accurate, professional, and confidential services to each and every patient. We go to great lengths to inform our patients and consider their goals and concerns throughout the process. Our practice is patient-oriented, so we always have your satisfaction and safety in mind, and Dr. McFate always strives to attain a natural result. In 2017, Dr. McFate was named one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons, proving that he is among the best in the country for breast augmentation and other cosmetic surgery procedures.
- Call Today for a Free Consultation!
At Precision Plastic Surgery, we strive to educate each of our patients about their elected procedures. If you are looking to have breast augmentation surgery in Austin, TX, we hope you’ll allow us to guide you through the process. We will work with you through each step of the process, from your consultation throughout your recovery, to ensure we help you reach your goals and come out of the process feeling satisfied and more confident than ever. Be sure to check out our breast augmentation videos page to learn about the procedure straight from the doctor, see footage from the operating room, and hear from one of our delighted patients. If you have any further questions about the procedure or you would like to discuss your goals with Dr. McFate, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We would be happy to schedule your free consultation when you contact us today.