Breast Enlargement Surgery (cont.)
Before surgery, you'll need to prepare your home for our recovery time. Make sure you have:
Your surgeon will give you a prescription to control pain, if necessary. If you have drainage tubes, your surgeon will tell you when to return to have those removed, as well as when to remove the gauze bandage. Your surgeon will probably remove your stitches in about one week. You should do no heavy lifting for at least four weeks. If you are physically active in sports, it may take up to six weeks for you to return to those activities.
As with any surgery, there are side effects complications that may occur.
Side effects can include soreness and increased sensitivity in the nipple region, bruising or swelling. You may experience swelling for a few weeks.
Complications can include:
Know that breast implants can also interfere with mammography screening tests. It's very important that you discuss all your concerns with your surgeon. If you are planning to breast feed, you should make your surgeon aware of this.
In most cases, breast augmentation is elective cosmetic surgery and therefore is not covered by insurance carriers. However, if you are having implants put in as part of reconstructive surgery , your insurance carrier may provide coverage.
It's very important that you find out well in advance what type of coverage your carrier may provide. If you are undergoing this procedure purely for cosmetic purposes, it's important that you realize this may affect future insurance coverage and your premiums may increase. Be sure to ask your insurance carrier about this specifically.
Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic, Department of Dermatology.
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Last Editorial Review: 1/31/2005