Women desire enlargement
of their breasts for a variety of
reasons. Some individuals feel that
their small breasts limit their fashion
choices. Others are dissatisfied with
the changes in the shape, size, and
feel of their breasts after undergoing
weight fluctuations, pregnancies,
and aging. Whatever your reasons for
wanting breast enlargement, breast
implant surgery can enhance your self-image
and restore your confidence.
enlarges a woman’s breasts through
the surgical placement of breast implants.
Breast implants improve fullness and
projection of the breasts and restore
The most common
incisions used for breast augmentation
by Dr. Lee are periareolar (the edge
of the areola or the pigmented skin
surrounding the nipple) and inframammary
fold (near the crease under the breast).
The implants are
placed in a pocket either underneath
the breast gland or beneath the pectoral
muscle. (Figure B) The positioning
of the implants in either of these
pockets is dependent on patient desire,
anatomy, and surgeon’s preference.
The results are
immediate. The implants will “ride
high” early in the postoperative
period and settle to their more natural
and permanent position in the weeks
Dr. Lee's postoperative
instructions for breast augmentation
- Your breasts
are wrapped with an ACE wrap. Leave
the wrap on for 72 hours. If the
wrap is too tight, you can undo
the ACE bandage and rewrap it more
loosely. But, the ACE bandage should
be snug and provide support for
your new breasts. Also, the ACE
bandage should cover the entire
upper, middle, and lower breast.
DO not wear it like a tube-top with
cleavage showing up top. After 72
hours, you can take the ACE wrap
off and shower. Your incisions should
be covered with a water-tight, clear
bandage. If water gets in underneath,
take the entire bandage off and
leave it open to air. There is surgical
tape over the incision line and
these should stay on even in the
shower. After the shower, you should
wrap your breasts with the ACE bandage
again. Absolutely no baths or swimming
for 3 weeks. Showering is OK after
- Take medications
as directed. Do not take aspirin,
anti-inflammatory medications (Motrin,
Ibuprofen, Alleve) or Vitamin E
supplements for 2 weeks after surgery.
- No driving while
under narcotic medications for pain.
- Ask Dr. Lee in
your first follow-up visit regarding
going back to work.
- You should sleep
on your back for 2 weeks following
- Avoid alcohol
or cigarette smoking for at least
3 weeks following surgery.
- Call and make
a follow-up appointment for 7 days
- Do not raise
your arms over the level of your
shoulder for 3 weeks. Do not pick
up objects heavier than a phone
- Bring a sports
bra to your first follow-up visit.
You will be able to wear a sports
bra after Dr. Lee examines you in
the office. NO underwire bras for
- Your breasts
will be high-riding, giving you
lots of upper breast cleavage in
the first 3 weeks, but the breast
implants will settle over the first
3-6 weeks to a more natural position.
- Do not apply
a heating pad over your breasts.
Portions of your breasts will be
numb and you may get a burn from
the heating pad. Cold packs in the
first 48 hours following surgery
is OK and may help to keep the swelling
down. Apply cold packs over the
ACE wrap, not directly over the
breasts and nipples.
- Scar therapy
for your incisions will start at
2 weeks following surgery. Dr. Lee
will instruct you regarding scar
- Keep your incision
out of the sun. Sun exposure will
make your scars red, raised, and
persistently irritated for a long
period of time. Make every effort
to avoid the sun for up to 1 year
following surgery. You can cover
up the incision with sun screen
(SPF 15 or above) or clothing.
- You may return
to normal activity and exercise
at 3 weeks following surgery.
- You may feel
“funny”, tingling sensations
over your breasts a few weeks after
surgery. It may affect one breast
more than the other. This is normal
recovery of some sensory nerves
in your breasts.
- If you are constipated,
take over-the-counter laxatives.
You do not want to strain over the
toilet. This may lead to your blood
pressure rising and cause bleeding.
- Call with any
questions or concerns. Dr. Lee is
available through the office phone
number 24/7. Don’t ever feel
badly about calling.
- Report to
Dr. Lee immediately if: A temperature
of 100 degrees or above, excessive
bleeding, excessive pain, enlargement
of one breast associated with increased
pain, bruising, and/or tightness.
Should you experience any of these
symptoms after normal business hours,
call the office number and ask to
have Dr. Lee paged immediately.
Otherwise, call the office at (949)
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