Are you considering breast augmentation? If you are, one of the questions you should ask your plastic surgeon is – How long does breast augmentation surgery take, because knowing this can greatly assist with pre-operative planning.
What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure in which breast implants are used to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. It can also be done to improve the symmetry of the breasts, or reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy. Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, which is usually performed under general anesthesia (learn more).
How long does breast augmentation surgery take?
Breast augmentation typically takes 1-2 hours to complete, but this timeline may vary depending on the complexity of the procedure, and individual circumstances of the patient. Breast augmentation is often combined with a breast lift, and this procedure takes 3 hours on average. A breast lift in conjunction with breast augmentation is often recommended for patients with sagging, droopy breasts.
Breast augmentation Techniques
There are different incision techniques that can be used to perform breast augmentation. The most common incisions are the inframammary (in the crease below the breast), the periareolar (around the areola), and the transaxillary (in the armpit). The method chosen depends on several factors, including the patient’s anatomy, and the size and type of implant.
During consultation, your plastic surgeon will recommend an appropriate breast augmentation plan based on your lifestyle and specific needs, to ensure that you get the natural-looking results you desire.
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