Ten Things You Can Do To Get Ready For Summer – Number 7

OK, there’s not much time left to be ready for summer if you’re considering breast augmentation. After all, unlike most of the things we have discussed in this series, it is surgery, and surgery does involve recovery. However, with the pain pump that we routinely use on our breast augmentation patients, the recovery isn’t as bad as many people expect. In this post Lisa describes breast augmentation, and be sure and check out our webpage on breast augmentation and our gallery of breast augmentation photos.

Boost your confidence before bathing suit season with breast augmentation!

Breast augmentation has become a popular choice for women who are dissatisfied with their breast size, shape and/or symmetry. Many of us want to add volume that was never there, or restore the volume that we have lost due to breast feeding, weight loss, or aging. Some of us want to address breast asymmetry, or simply allow clothes to fit better. With modern techniques and a variety of incision sites and implants to choose from, breast augmentation has become the ideal solution for women who do not feel confident about the size or symmetry of their breasts.

During a consultation with Dr. Mackenzie, you can learn about the different types of implants on the market. He will talk to you about the pros and cons of both saline and silicone implants and explain the differences in both. After assessing your breast size and shape, Dr. Mackenzie will talk to you about his recommendations regarding incision sites (including the endoscopic transaxillary breast augmentation) and help you determine a treatment plan that will best suit your needs. Dr. Mackenzie usually inserts implants under the muscle. Some breast shapes require specific surgical procedures such as the “dual plane”, or what is coined as an “80/20” by some doctors, to yield an optimum result. To aid you in making the appropriate decision regarding size and profile type of implants, we will have you try on different sized implants in a bra. If you don’t require a breast lift, we can take a 3-D photo with our Axis imaging system and you can see what your implants will look like after surgical placement!

Standard breast augmentation surgery is usually less than two hours. The recovery period after breast surgery is relatively short. Dr. Mackenzie uses a pain pump to minimize breast discomfort immediately after surgery. This pain pump delivers a non-narcotic pain killer directly into the breast pockets and is removed 48 hours after surgery. A surgical support bra is worn for at least a week after surgery and can then be replaced with a sports bra. For the first few days and weeks after surgery, your breasts may feel firmer and will sit higher up on your chest. After surgery, swelling can make breasts look larger or asymmetrical. As your breasts soften and settle down into their pockets, their shape and position will become more natural.

To learn more about breast augmentation and to see if you are a good candidate for the surgery, please call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Mackenzie. The entire staff at Pacific Plastic Surgery is committed to helping you look and feel your best this summer!

Lisa Glenny

Aesthetic Coordinator, Pacific Plastic Surgery


Douglas J. Mackenzie, MD

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