What Other Options Do I Have When Considering Breast Augmentation?
Your consultation will include a discussion about following breast augmentation options as they pertain to your aesthetic goals:
- Implant size, shape, and texture
- Incision location
- Implant placement (above or beneath the chest muscles)
With each of these considerations, the goal is to achieve a natural and proportional result after your breast augmentation.
Furthermore, breast augmentation opens up new clothing options for many individuals, helping them enjoy an improved quality of life, both socially and professionally.
Who Will Perform My Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation can be performed by board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. James Lowe, who is also a native Oklahoman. All physicians at our Oklahoma City practice share a commitment to clinical excellence, cutting-edge care, and a lasting partnership with patients. Your breast augmentation can be performed at Baptist Hospital, at a nearby outpatient surgical facility, or at the Associates Surgery Center, located adjacent to the doctors’ office. After surgery, you can recover at the surgery center, in the adjacent surgical ward at Baptist Hospital, or at any number of other overnight medical facilities.
Breast Augmentation Treatment Process
Before beginning the breast augmentation procedure, we will administer general anesthesia. This ensures that the patient remains sedated during the treatment, so she will not feel, see, or hear anything until the surgery is complete.
Once you have been fully prepped, Dr. Lowe creates an incision through which to insert the implant. The type of incision necessary will depend on your unique circumstances and cosmetic goals. In many cases, it is made in the crease under the breast, through the navel, in the armpit, or around the perimeter of the areola. Dr. Lowe strategically places the incisions to minimize the appearance of scars.
It is essential that you set aside plenty of time for recovery.
Next, breast implants are placed in the breast pocket, either over or under the chest muscle. Once they are securely in place, the incision is closed with surgical sutures. Depending on the case, Dr. Lowe may use traditional or absorbable stitches. Traditional sutures will need to be removed approximately seven to 14 days after your surgery. In contrast, absorbable incisions will dissolve on their own when they are ready.
Bandages and surgical drains may also be placed once your breast augmentation surgery is complete. Our team will give you a list of guidelines to help you properly care for these drains. You will also be provided with a surgical compression bra, which is intended to reduce inflammation and support the tissues as they heal.
Healing and Recovery: What to Expect
It is essential that you set aside plenty of time for recovery. Be sure to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after the procedure so that you do not strain your stitches. Furthermore, while most patients can resume normal activities in about one week, this can vary significantly from patient to patient. For instance, patients with physically demanding jobs will likely need to wait longer before they can return to work.
We will provide you with in-depth post-operative instructions before you return home. These should be followed closely to promote proper healing and a successful recovery. For example, patients should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting until cleared by Dr. Lowe. These activities can elevate the heart rate and consequently lead to increased pain, swelling, and discomfort.
It is normal to have some degree of tenderness or soreness for the first couple of days. However, these side effects can be managed with prescribed medications and over-the-counter pain relievers.
Keep in mind that, while most patients are comfortable within a week or two, your body is still healing. It is important to be patient during this time and give your body adequate time to heal. While it may be tempting to return to your normal routine, you need to wait until you receive approval from Dr. Lowe.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More
To learn more about breast augmentation in Oklahoma City, please contact Dr. James Lowe by calling (405) 942-4300 or (877) 362-5693. You can also send us an email using our online contact form. Lowe Plastic Surgery's clinical practice is located less than a mile east of Baptist Hospital at 2520 NW Expressway in Oklahoma City. Service areas include: Oklahoma City, Tuttle, Edmond, Tulsa, Norman, Lawton, Broken Arrow, Moore & Yukon.