What to Expect From Breast Surgery
Having a breast augmentation is a big decision and patients often spend many months researching the procedure before booking their initial consultation. Once you have made the decision to have breast surgery, you may be interested to understand what steps you’ll have to take before and after the procedure.
No matter what surgery you’re having, all patients need to have an initial consultation to discuss exactly what procedure they want and what they expect to achieve from the surgery. Dr Hunt considers the initial consultation as a very personal experience and it involves sitting down with the patient to ascertain exactly what their desired outcome is. Following this, Dr Hunt will formulate a surgical plan to achieve the patient’s desired result.
The procedure will be performed in a fully accredited hospital under an anaesthetic given by a fully accredited anaesthetist. In most instances, the surgery will be a day surgery procedure with the patient returning home the same day.
Once back at home, patients will be given clear instructions on what to do and what not to do and we anticipate they will probably need a week off work. Following this, they will need a postoperative appointment to asses how they’re healing, and they may be able to return to work depending how physical / manual their job may be.
6 weeks after surgery, the majority of patients will be back to full activities, including physical exercise, and be able to enjoy the results of their breast augmentation.
Follow-up does need to be maintained and we do recommend that the implants are reviewed at the 10-year mark to make sure they are functioning as they should and that the patient is still happy with the result.
How do I test my breast implants?
Implants do have a life and they do need to be observed to ensure that they are functioning properly.
For Dr Hunt’s patients he suggests that self-examination is the first step and if you note a change in the size, shape or position of the implant, you should seek a surgical opinion.
Following this, an ultrasound is a simple test to assess whether an implant is leaking or is ruptured, though it is not as sensitive or specific as an MRI scan.
MRI scans remains the gold standard for assessing whether an implant is ruptured or leaking and is quite often the test of choice for patients who are trying to assess whether their implants removal or not.