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1 week post op breast augmentation pictures

In this blog post, we’ll be sharing a week of post-operative photos of our client’s breast augmentation procedure.

This is the first time she has posted pictures publicly and she’s nervous, so we thought it would be best to start with a quick intro. She’s a 22-year-old college student who works part-time at a local coffee shop. She wanted to get breast implants because she was feeling insecure about the way her body looked after losing weight over the last few years. She had heard about our practice from one of her friends who had recently had surgery with us, and was excited about the opportunity for us to work together on this project!

She came into our office for consultation with Dr. Smith and me, where we discussed all of her options for breast augmentation surgery. We decided that silicone gel implants were ideal for her given her body type and desired results. We also talked about size and shape options—she ended up choosing an under-the-muscle option in 300ccs because she wanted to maintain some natural shape while still achieving an overall fuller look for her chest area. We scheduled her surgery date right away so we could get started right away!


1 week post op breast augmentation pictures

2 Week Plastic Surgery Update with Before & After Pictures

Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s now been two weeks since I had my breast augmentation surgery!

I think recovering from my first surgery is a bit like childbirth. The more time passes, the less you remember about the pain and discomfort and just enjoy the outcome.

For some reason even with the experience still fresh, I’m forgetting a lot quicker this time around. But I don’t just want to share my thoughts on the post op experience.

When I was researching the procedure, before and after breast augmentation pictures is what I wanted to see. Plastic surgeons are proud to show their before and after pictures, but I want to show how things look like in the early stages and how much better my clothes fit.

After Implant Sizers
Breast Implant Surgery Pre-Op Appointment with Silicone Implant Sizers

Last week when I shared my breast augmentation story, I hadn’t yet gone to my one week follow up appointment at Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. While at the appointment, Dr. Craven examined my incisions which were healing nicely with only a few traces of a scab left.

He gave a demonstration on how I was to perform my new breast implant massage routine. Something that I’ll be doing a minimum of three times a day for six months. And we discussed my compression strap.

For the week following surgery, I had to sport a not-so attractive compression strap. At all times, except while showering.

The strap was serving a purpose in pushing the implants down and speeding along things. But as the name suggests this device is not meant for comfort.

And compression and swelling don’t often play well together. This made things uncomfortable at times. Fortunately, at my one week appointment Dr. Craven threw my strap away!

1 Week Post Op Breast Augmentation No Strap
Breast Augmentation Pictures After 1 Week Post Op Appointment – no compression strap!

2 Week Plastic Surgery Follow Up Appointment

Today has been two weeks since my breast augmentation and while I wasn’t supposed to have been seen until my two month follow up, I had to return to the office again. I’m choosing to blame it on the medications I was on at my one week follow up, but somehow I convinced myself I didn’t completely grasp the breast implant massage techniques that were demonstrated for me.

Even my husband that accompanied me to the appointment wasn’t exactly sure I was doing things correctly. I’m extremely paranoid about messing up Dr. Craven’s perfect breast augmentation, I called the office for advice.

Before Breast Augmentation Surgery
Before breast implant sizers.

Breast implant massage

The massage technique varies from patient to patient, so instead of giving me tips over the phone, they suggested I schedule an appointment for a refresher. Although I was incredibly embarrassed (and more than just a little red in the face), I’m so glad I went back into the office to ensure I was doing my breast implant massage properly.

Since massage is such an important part of breast implant surgery aftercare, it’s crucial to know how to massage your breasts and actually do it. Even if you’re shy like I am, do not be afraid to call your plastic surgeon and ask questions. The success of your surgery is important to them and they want things to be perfect.

2 Weeks Post Op Breast Augmentation Surgery
After Breast Augmentation Surgery: this is the same bra as in the pre-op sizing picture

For six weeks post-op, I have to wear a front closure, wireless sports bra. Not something that I’d ever want to wear long-term and something I would have agonized about wearing pre-op.

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But now that I have breasts, I can wear this unattractive bra without shame. Because now I no longer have to wear rely on underwire and padding to make me feel feminine and proportioned.

1 week post op breast augmentation photos

Breast Lift After Photo by Kyle Shaddix, MD; Pensacola, FL - Case 37435
Breast Lift Before Photo by Kyle Shaddix, MD; Pensacola, FL - Case 37435

While a breast augmentation yields larger breasts right away, the final results may take a few weeks as the swelling subsides and the skin stretches. Some patients may need to wear a bandeau to help shape their breasts, especially if they have underlying asymmetry or very small breasts to start with. Incision lines may take several months, even a couple of years, to fade.

 Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos

To achieve optimal breast augmentation results, follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions and return for follow-up visits.

Breast implant replacement

Breast implants are not considered to be lifetime devices, and they may need to be replaced. You can see your plastic surgeon for an annual examination to evaluate your breast health and implant integrity.

Over time, your breasts will change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity. As the appearance of their breasts changes with time, some patients have a breast lift or an implant exchange to restore a more youthful contour.

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