Breast Augmentation (Mammaplasty)

Attractive woman with breast augmentation

Here’s what you should know about receiving a procedure for breast augmentation from one of the most trusted and respected plastic surgeons in Colorado Springs, Dr. Greg Liebscher:

Breast augmentation (augmentation mammaplasty) is a cosmetic breast procedure to enlarge and reshape the breast for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes.

Dr. Liebscher offers various breast augmentation procedures which include breast implants to enhance the appearance and integrity of women’s breasts. The results are overwhelmingly satisfying and safe. If this is something you are considering, you can schedule a free and private consultation with Dr. Liebscher to discuss the results your are looking for … esthetically-pleasing and comfortable breasts.

Other cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance and structure of the breast include breast implants, breast lifts, and breast revision surgery.

VIDEO: Breast Augmentation Overview

In this video, Gregory J. Liebscher, MD, FACS, talks about the procedure, benefits, and risks of breast augmentation and breast implants:

Breast Augmentation Procedure Information

Breast augmentation, or breast enlargement surgery, is a common procedure that is used to enhance breast size. There are a variety of reasons for choosing this procedure, including restoring breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss, if you think that your breasts are too small or because of differences in the size of your breasts. Explore how you can prepare for a breast augmentation, the anesthesia that is used, how long the procedure takes and your recovery time.

Watch the animation video on breast augmentation with saline implants

Watch the animation video on breast augmentation with silicone implants

How to prepare

When you meet with your cosmetic surgeon, he or she will give you instructions that you should follow before your breast augmentation. This may include receiving a baseline mammogram before and after your breast augmentation. Doing so will help to identify any changes in your breast tissue.

Your surgeon will likely recommend that you avoid taking certain medications prior to your scheduled surgery. Specifically, you will need to avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications and aspirin as these can increase your risk of bleeding during surgery. Your surgeon will also give you additional instructions regarding medications.

If you smoke, you will be advised to stop smoking for an extended period of time. Since a breast augmentation is typically on outpatient procedure, you will need to have someone drive you home upon the completion of your surgery. You should also have someone stay with you for your first night home after the procedure.

Anesthesia and medications

You will be given medications to ensure that you are comfortable during your surgery. Intravenous sedation and local anesthesia are commonly used during a breast augmentation. General anesthesia may be given to some patients.

Procedure length of time

It will take your cosmetic surgeon between one and three hours to complete your breast augmentation. A variety of factors will determine the length of time, such as the type of implant that is placed, the technique used and the type of anesthesia you receive. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation.

Recovery time

Before you are discharged and allowed to go home, your surgeon will give you specific instructions that must be followed to ensure a normal recovery. After your surgery is completed, your breasts will be wrapped in a surgical bra or gauze dressings. Surgical dressings will be removed after a few days and you will need to wear a support bra afterwards. If drains have been placed, you must follow your surgeon’s instructions on how to care for and empty them. These will be removed during your first postoperative visit.

It is normal for your breasts to be discolored and swollen immediately after surgery. Swelling will gradually dissipate over a month’s time and the discoloration will fade quickly. For the first two to five days after your surgery, you can expect your chest to be stiff and sore, and your breasts may feel sensitive, warm or itchy.

Raising your arms may be difficult temporarily, and you will be instructed to avoid any strenuous activity for several weeks. This includes twisting your upper body or pushing, pulling or lifting any objects. After you resume your normal physical activities, you must still be gentle with your breasts for at least one more month.

Although you should avoid strenuous activity, it is essential that you frequently walk around for several minutes every few hours. This will greatly reduce your risk of developing blood clots in your legs. Depending on the type of job you have, you may return to work within several days to a week.

Learn Your Options for Breast Augmentation in Colorado Springs, CO

To schedule a free and private in-person consultation to discuss your options with cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Greg Liebscher, please call 719-634-2503.