Breast Augmentation Summary

Breast augmentation surgery changes the size and shape of the breast. There are a number of different placement methods that a surgeon may use for this surgery. This procedure can also be done with silicone or saline breast implants.

Length of the procedure: 1 hour

Hospital Stay: Most patents are released form care within 1 day their procedure.

Recovery before traveling home: Patients seeking breast augmentation through medical tourism can return home within 3 days of their procedure.

Travel Tip: Although many patients are released from care quickly chances are they will experience a lot of discomfort. It is best to plan a hotel stay a few days beyond the procedure so you can recuperate some before traveling.

Procedure Details

Your surgery will begin with the administration of general anesthesia. Once you are asleep the surgeon will make an incision to place the implant.

Breast implant placement methods:

  • Most surgeons make an incision under the natural fold of the breast. However, this creates a visible scar.
  • The surgeon can also make an incision under the arm and insert the implant using an endoscope. This leaves no scar on the breast, but a small scar under the arm.
  • The surgeon can make a cut around the areola to insert the implant. However, this may interfere with sensation and cause problems with breast feeding.
  • A new technique allows your surgeon to use an endoscope to place your implant through an incision near your belly button.

The breast implant is placed behind the breast bone or behind the outer layer of chest wall.

After the Procedure

After the procedure you will be taken to recovery. Your vitals will be monitored carefully during this time. When you have woken from the surgery and your vitals are stable you will be moved to a regular hospital room or released from care.

After the surgery you will have a tightly wrapped dressing around your breast and chest. You may even be required to wear a surgical bra. Some women may have surgical drains in their breasts. These drains are removed within 3 days of the procedure.

Self care after breast augmentation:

  • Resume light activity within 1 to 2 days of surgery
  • Return to work within 7 to 14 days
  • Avoid heavy lifting for 3 to 6 weeks
  • Avoid strenuous activity and exercise for 3-6 weeks
  • Avoid stretching arms out for 3 to 6 weeks
  • No driving for 2 weeks


Most patients are very satisfied with the outcome of their breast augmentation procedure. Many feel an improved sense of self-confidence and enjoy their appearance more once they are healed.

Risks and Complications

As is with any surgery there are risks associated with breast augmentation surgery. The following is a list of the most common risks and complications:

  • Reaction to anesthesia or medication
  • Breathing problems
  • Bleeding problems
  • Infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Difficulty breastfeeding
  • Loss of nipple sensation
  • Scarring
  • Uneven nipple position
  • Different size breasts
  • Scar tissue
  • Implant leakage
  • Implant ripple

Contact your physician if any of the following occur:

  • Pain increases
  • Redness develops around incision site
  • Swelling develops
  • Drainage from incision is bloody, green, yellow or foul smelling
  • Medication side effects like nausea, vomiting, rash or headache
  • Fever above 100 degrees by mouth
  • Numbness
  • Loss of motion
  • Sudden breast swelling