Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Augmentation. The surgical team at Popp Cosmetic Surgery is committed to educating and supporting patients as they navigate all of their options for breast augmentation.
What tests are required prior to surgery?
You will be required to have a mammogram. Depending on your health history, some blood work may also be required. These are additional charges from other providers.
Will I need to take any medication for the surgery?
Yes, you will be given a prescription for antibiotics and for pain medication. You will need to start the antibiotic 1 day before surgery and take it for a full 2 weeks after surgery. Pain medication will be for after surgery. This is also an additional expense that may or may not be covered by your insurance.
After surgery, how long will I need someone to stay with me?
Plan on having someone with you for 2 – 4 days
How long does the surgery take?
The surgery takes approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours, but you will be here for about 3 ½ hours.
Where is the operation done?
The operation is done in our nationally accredited state licensed office surgical suite as an outpatient surgical procedure. You will be given local anesthetic with intravenous sedation, and you will perceive no pain during the procedure.
Where will the doctor make the incisions to insert the implants?
Your incisions will be made in a natural crease in your armpit. You may discuss with Dr. Popp alternative incisions if you wish.
Will my implants be placed above the muscle or under the muscle?
This depends on your skin thickness and if you have any ptosis (drooping of the breast). Dr. Popp will talk to you about this in detail during your consultation.
What is the difference between a smooth implant and a textured implant?
Dr. Popp will explain this to you during your consultation.
Will my implants be saline or silicone?
You now have a choice and there are pros and cons to both saline and silicon. Dr. Popp will review those issues to help you decide.
Is Breast Augmentation surgery painful?
Dr. Popp uses the Tumescent local anesthesia in both breasts once you are asleep. This is unique for the Metro Omaha area. It creates extended anesthesia in both breasts for 24-48hrs reducing pain tremendously. You will NOT be pain free however, and most women are sore for at least three weeks.
How long will it take for my breasts to look “good”?
It will take approximately 3 – 6 months for your new breasts to soften and “settle in”.
When can I go back to work after surgery?
This depends on the type of work you do. If your work is mostly sedentary, then you will probably be able to go back after a few days to a week. If your work is more physically demanding (lifting, bending, stooping, climbing) then you will probably need to take 2 weeks off.
What may I do after the surgery?
For the first few days you must rest and relax. You may wear a bra, which will be provided for you from our office. You may sit or lie on your back or on either side. You may be up to the bathroom and for meals. There should be no housework at all for the first two days. Avoid overheating and excitement of any kind during this period of time to eliminate the possibility of accidental injury or bruising. A shower can be taken after the first full day. Passive sexual activity may be resumed on the second day, but no vigorous activity for at least one week. Most of the discomfort will be over after the first two or three days, however, you may have some tenderness and soreness, which could last for a few weeks. After the first two days, you may drive a car if you are not taking pain medication and do light housework, such as washing dishes. Avoid vigorous activity for at least two weeks. Sports such as jogging, swimming, tennis, etc. should be avoided for three to four weeks.
After surgery, how long do I need to wait before I can exercise?
You will be able to walk on a treadmill and do lower leg exercises 5 – 7 days after surgery. We recommend you do no lifting (anything more than 10 pounds) for the first two weeks.
How many post-operative visits will there be?
We will see you the day after surgery, one week after surgery (this is when we will remove your stitches), 4 – 6 weeks after surgery, and then one year after surgery.
Will I ever need to have my implants replaced?
Probably. The lifetime of an implant is between 5 and 20 years.
What is the warranty on the implants?
The implant companies provide free lifetime replacement.
How will I decide on the size implants to get?
We will show you before and after photos of other patients, and you will be able to talk to Dr. Popp and his nurse about the look you are trying to achieve.
How many breast augmentations does Dr. Popp do a year?
Would it be possible for me to talk to patients that have had breast augmentation?
Yes. Due to privacy laws, we will have to contact other patients and ask them if they are willing to speak to you and whether they want to call you or have you contact them.
How soon after breast augmentation can I get pregnant?
Immediately, if you wish.