Breast Augmentation: From Research to Recovery


For years you’ve been thinking about it, daydreaming about it, wondering if you’ll ever go through with it– getting a breast augmentation, changing the shape or volume of your breasts.

There has arguably never been a better time to move forward with the procedure. For the entire month of August, Charlotte Plastic Surgery is offering $500 off for anyone who comes in for breast implants.* If you’ve been waiting for the perfect deal, now’s your moment!

Of course, it’s likely that you have questions and concerns other than just price.  A breast augmentation procedure can help you to enhance your look, bolster your self-confidence, and the results can be subtle and natural-looking. If you’re concerned about a fake-looking “breast aug,” you need not worry. The surgeons at Charlotte Plastic Surgery are skilled in offering results that are significant, yet also come with some plausible deniability.

You may have other questions, too, perhaps about potential complications, or about the recovery time. Our surgeons want every patient to feel excited about their procedure, comfortable with all the logistics, and genuinely optimistic about the outcome. We’re always happy to provide any information you want about breast augmentation surgery.

Where Does the Process Start?

Breast augmentation involves the careful and strategic use of implants which can lend additional volume to the breasts—but before you get to that point, it’s important to sit down with a surgeon for a consultation. This is really where your breast augmentation journey begins.

Your surgeon will be able to provide you with some images to show you roughly what you can expect in terms of results. Together, you and your surgeon will arrive at an outcome you both agree looks good and natural. This consultation is a critical way of ensuring you and your surgeon are on the same page, properly setting expectations.

Watch the video below to see an in-depth overview of the breast augmentation process from where to start, what to expect and the best options available to you today.

Are You a Good Candidate for Breast Surgery?

Your surgeon will also want to ensure that you are a good, healthy candidate for a breast surgery. Breast augmentation is a fairly straightforward procedure, but our surgeons prefer to not operate on anyone who has health problems that might cause complications. Our patients’ safety is of paramount importance.

Also, it’s possible that breast augmentation isn’t all you need. Implants are helpful for those who simply want to add volume, but not for those who are concerned about breast shape, or about sagging. For these individuals, a breast lift might make more sense, either instead of or in addition to a breast augmentation.

How Can You Prepare for Breast Augmentation?

There are just a couple of things your surgeon might ask you to do in order to prepare for surgery. For one thing, if you’re a smoker, you’ll need to stop using any tobacco or nicotine products for at least six weeks before the procedure. This is because smoking can impede the healing process and restrict blood flow to the tissues.

How Long Does a Breast Aug Take?

While it can vary, the average time for breast augmentation is around an hour and 15 minutes or so. The operation itself is fairly straightforward and is typically done on an outpatient basis. In other words, you’ll be home to recover the same day as your breast surgery.

What are the Risks Associated with Breast Surgery?

All surgeries involve some level of risk. With that said, the potential complications for breast augmentation are fairly minor.

Your surgeon can discuss some of the most likely risks with you. These might include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Internal bleeding
  • Infection
  • Changes in nipple sensation
  • Implant leakage or rupture
  • Scarring

It’s important to emphasize that our focus on patient safety minimizes these risks. That’s what makes it so important to consult with your surgeon to make certain you are a good candidate for breast augmentation.

What is the Recovery Time for Breast Augmentation?

Most of the time, patients who have breast augmentation are given pain medication for a few days, helping them push through the worst pain and discomfort without bearing too much of it. In fact, some patients report a feeling of tightness or soreness, but seldom outright pain.

Different patients will have different recovery times, but most are able to return to work within three to five days. Some restrictions on exercise and other physical activity may remain in place for a few more weeks depending on your surgeon’s instructions. Of course, there will be post-operative follow-up appointments to be sure you’re healing properly.

How Do You Avoid an Obvious or Fake-looking Breast Aug?

To keep your results looking natural it’s important first and foremost to have that talk with your surgeon and to ensure that you’re seeking reasonable and realistic results.

Additionally, it’s important to note just how far breast implants have come. Today’s breast implants are made to maintain natural shape and texture. While saline implants are still available, silicone and the new highly cohesive implants offer vastly superior results.

Watch Dr. Smith as he discusses the technology advancements in breast implants available today.

Is Breast Augmentation a One-Time Procedure?

One final note about getting a breast aug is that the overwhelming majority of the time it’s something you will only need to do once. Most patients are exceedingly happy with their results and see no need to pursue any further operation.

Certainly, it’s our aim to ensure that patients get the look, the feel, and the renewed self-confidence they want. A lot of the women who come to us are eager to add breast volume that they lost when they had kids and our surgeons are delighted to provide them with that volume, now at a special discounted price.

Do you have any further inquiries about breast augmentation? We’d love to answer them. Contact Charlotte Plastic Surgery to learn more, and don’t forget August’s $500 off offer!