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Reasons for Procedure
- Ruptured or deflated implant
- Visible wrinkling or rippling of the implant
- Hardening of the implant
- Reactions to the implant
- Uneven appearance of breasts
- Persistent breast pain following insertion of implants
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia (such as, light-headedness, low blood pressure, wheezing)
- Soreness in throat
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blood clots
- Change in the sensation and appearance of the breast
- Emotional distress due to the change in body image
- The need to have additional surgery (for example, to remove the scar tissue capsule surrounding the implant)
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Do a physical exam
Talk to you about:
- How your breasts may look after surgery and what your expectations are
- Whether you want new implants and, if so, the type and size
- Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as, ibuprofen, naproxen)
- Blood-thinning drugs, such as warfarin
- Anti-platelet drugs, such as clopidogrel
- The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
- If instructed, shower the morning of the procedure.
- Arrange for a ride to and from the hospital and for help at home.
- General anesthesia (more common)—blocks pain and keeps you asleep during the surgery
- Local anesthesia—numbs the breasts, but you remain awake
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Use a compression bandage or wear a special bra.
- Change the dressings every day.
- To decrease swelling and pain, place ice packs on your breasts. Wrap ice in a towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
- Take pain medicine as indicated by your doctor.
- Ask your doctor when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
- Rash or other new symptoms
American Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.org
Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.ca
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -