Arizona Cosmetic Surgery
Chasby Sacks MD

Breast Enhancement Complications & Recovery

Complications & Recovery

Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. A comfortable sports bra is applied right after surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. The bra will need to be worn for several weeks. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the surgery. This pain can be treated effectively with oral medication prescribed by Dr. Sacks before the surgery. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given by Dr. Sacks that describe what to do after the surgery.

Breast Lift Recovery before and after

Some complications after a breast enhancement include:

Swelling usually subsides after a few days to a week.

Bruising is minimized by not taking any blood thinning substances (as advised by Dr. Sacks) and by taking an ancient herbal remedy - Arnica Montoya - a few days before and after the surgery.

Discomfort is usually moderate and will be helped by prescriptions from Dr. Sacks. 

Infection is extremely rare at Arizona Cosmetic Surgery as Dr. Sacks will have prescribed an antibiotic for the patient to take starting the day before surgery until about a week after surgery. If infection does occur, the steps necessary to correct this will be discussed.

Asymmetry occurs when one of the patient's breasts will look quite different than the other one before surgery. Depending on the shape and size difference, more symmetry can be obtained with the implants and sometimes skin surgery as well. After surgery, the two breasts may not be "twin sisters," but can look much more symmetrical than before. Your expectations will be discussed with Dr. Sacks.

Bleeding into the space around the implant or hematoma is rare, but may occur soon after the surgery usually due to too much activity by the patient or sometimes from having taken something like Aspirin, which thins the blood. The hematoma may require removal by Dr. Sacks.

Scarring in the skin incision (the incision scar used to insert the implant) will be almost unnoticeable after some time, but occasionally - particularly with patients having more pigment in the skin – the scar may be a little more noticeable. Rarely, a thickened and raised scar (a hypertrophy or keloid) may need treatment by Dr. Sacks.

Firmness may be due to some tightening of the thin layer of scar tissue that forms around 100 percent of implants. Normally, this thin layer (sometimes paper thin) remains larger than the implant, but occasionally, it shrinks and distorts the implant, making it feel and look differently than the other breast. This is called scar contracture or capsule and may require a simple revision surgery to correct it.

Results may vary.

Prices of Breast Enhancement in Phoenix

While it is not possible to give an exact price until the exact procedure and implant have been chosen by Dr. Sacks and the patient, a range of prices for breast augmentation is $5500 - $6500. The price includes all consultations, the surgery, anesthesia, and the implants!

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If you are interested in a breast enhancement and would like more information, call Dr. Sacks at his Phoenix, AZ office today and schedule a consultation!


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