The Dos and Don'ts After Breast Augmentation Surgery

By: Dr. Nana Mizuguchi


Aging, genetics, pregnancy, childbirth, cancer treatment, and weight loss can make breast tissue appear saggy and deflated. At Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery, our patients can experience fuller, shapelier breasts that complement their natural beauty. Dual board-certified aesthetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Nana Mizuguchi offers patients throughout Louisville, KY breast augmentation surgery, a cosmetic specialty he is well-versed in that produces gorgeous results.

What is breast augmentation surgery?

Breast augmentation surgery is a cosmetic, invasive surgical procedure that involves enhancing the size or volume of the breast tissue. At Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery, Dr. Mizuguchi offers several breast augmentation procedures, including:

  • Saline implants

  • Silicone implants

  • Fat transfer

Breast augmentation surgeries are highly customized, and specific implants are selected based on the patient’s personal goals, medical history, and Dr. Mizuguchi’s professional recommendations.

What are the benefits of breast augmentation surgery?

Breast augmentation surgery offers patients numerous benefits, including:

  • Added volume to deflated breast tissue

  • Natural-looking results

  • Enhanced, natural-appearing bodily curves

  • Minimal scarring

  • Youthful silhouette

Can I combine breast augmentation surgery with breast lift surgery?

At Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery, some patients choose to combine breast augmentation surgery with breast lift surgery. Breast lift surgery removes loose skin and gives an extra lift to the chest, while breast augmentation surgery addresses the size and shape of the breasts. Consult with Dr. Mizuguchi to ascertain if one or both surgeries would help meet your personal cosmetic goals.

Am I an ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery?

A patient may be a viable candidate for breast augmentation surgery if they:

  • Are 18 – 21 years of age or older (age depends on the type of implant used)

  • Are unhappy with the size and shape of breasts

  • Have asymmetrical breasts

  • Have sagging or deflated breasts after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss

  • Want to reshape their breasts after a mastectomy or a lumpectomy

  • Are in overall good health

Dr. Mizuguchi will review your personal and medical history to ascertain if you can safely participate in breast augmentation surgery.

What is the surgical process like?

The surgery takes place at Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery and may take a few hours to complete. Patients are given general anesthesia so that they are unconscious for the entire procedure. Incisions are strategically made in the breast tissue to place the selected implants. If you opted for fat transfer surgery, the procedure and recovery might look a little different than implant surgery. Once your surgery is complete and the effects of the anesthesia have worn off, you will be permitted to return home for recovery.

What is the recovery period like?

Patients are sent home in a comfortable sports bra and clean surgical dressings. Temporary swelling and bruising are common but should subside within 1 – 2 weeks. Patients usually heal within 6 – 8 weeks and can enjoy their new breast augmentation results within a few short months.

The dos and don’ts after breast augmentation surgery

Breast augmentation surgery is considered an invasive procedure that requires rest and adherence to recovery instructions. During recovery, patients should:

  • Rest for the first 1 – 2 weeks to optimize healing

  • Take over-the-counter or prescription pain medication as needed or as ordered by your surgeon

  • Stay well hydrated

  • Massage breast tissue as instructed by your surgeon to minimize swelling

  • Attend follow-up appointments

During recovery, patients should avoid:

  • Excessive or strenuous activity

  • Lifting arms above your head

  • Picking at or rubbing the incisions

  • Soaking in the bathtub

How long will my results last?

Breast augmentation surgery results can potentially last for many years. If you wish to participate in revision surgery or have your implants removed, contact Dr. Mizuguchi for an additional consultation.

Learn more about breast augmentation surgery in Louisville, KY

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation surgery and reside in or near Louisville, KY, contact Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation today. Dr. Nana Mizuguchi will work with you to create a customized surgical plan that helps meet your breast augmentation goals.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.