According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), there were 318,123 breast augmentation surgeries performed in 2011. While this number may make it seem like breast surgery is commonplace, it’s important to properly understand what to expect after breast surgery in order to obtain the best plastic surgery results possible.

Breast augmentation, breast reduction, or a breast lift can produce dramatic aesthetic improvement; however, all of these procedures are surgical and require time for the body to heal. There are several factors that can dramatically affect the rate at which plastic surgery patients recuperate including age, extent of surgical procedure(s), and adherence to proper after care instructions.

During your consultation, Dr. Pittman will take the time to get to know you by asking questions about you and your medical history and explaining what’s involved with each procedure along with what you can expect with recovery. This consultation is the time to communicate your cosmetic goals.  Because each breast surgery addresses specific issues, it may even be more realistic to pursue a combination of procedures to obtain your desired results. All of these things are discussed and your questions answered so that you will feel comfortable enough about the procedure(s) to make an informed decision.

Some of the most commonly performed combination breast procedures that Dr. Pittman performs include breast augmentation or tummy tuck and liposuction (any of these are common during mommy makeover surgery). Of course, the scope of surgery is another factor that will impact the rate at which you will heal. Like the combination of procedures described above, the breast surgery incision technique will also determine how long it will take for your scars to fade and results to appear.

As mundane as it may sound, disclosing details about your lifestyle during your plastic surgery consultation will further help Dr. Pittman give you a more accurate estimate of the time you will need to recover from breast surgery. For example, the routines of those who participate in heavy physical activity daily will be more impacted than those who don’t. It’s important that you reveal this information before surgery because it may also impact the recommended procedure or even the size o breast implant suggested if augmentation is desired.

While every patient’s recovery is unique, in general, most of Dr. Pittman’s breast surgery patients will see visible improvement in their appearance a few weeks after surgery. This amount of time allows for most post-operative swelling to subside and tissues to begin settling. Visit Pittman Plastic Surgery’s website for more information on breast surgery. Contact Dr. Ed Pittman’s office today to schedule your complimentary breast surgery consultation to discuss your unique cosmetic goals and the expected recovery.