Breast Augmentation Surgery: What to Expect Before and After the Procedure


As the most common plastic surgery performed, breast augmentation surgery provides a lot of value to the person going through the procedure. Some women choose breast augmentation to help with their confidence or as a procedure after an illness. There are many reasons why someone would choose this surgery.

For as common as it is, breast augmentation is still a serious surgery that requires preparation and significant post-operation care. We have a brief outline of what to expect before and after breast augmentation surgery.

Your Consultation

Every patient will have a consultation appointment with the surgeon. The purpose is to decide on the type of implant you’re looking for and what size. Your doctor will also help provide information to find a size that is suitable for your body.

Be prepared for your personal bubble to get invaded for a bit. The physician will need to take measurements of your body to see what will work. After that, you’ll have the opportunity to take a look and feel the various options before making your final decision.

At the end of your consultation, your surgeon will likely give you a brief overview of what happens during the surgery. This is an excellent opportunity to ask any questions or concerns before making your final decision.


Your surgeon may schedule you for a pre-operation (pre-op) appointment, although this isn’t something every practice does. Your pre-op appointment is what the name suggests – an appointment to prepare you for the surgery.

Because you’re going under the knife, you’ll want to fully prepare yourself both physically and mentally. You’re changing your body, so it does require a bit of mental preparation as well. The staff will provide you with all the details to get you ready for the big day.

Surgery Day

You’ve gone through all the consultations and pre-operation appointments, answered questions, prepared yourself, and filled out the paperwork. Now it’s surgery day.

It’s best to have someone with you this day (and some surgeons even require it). This surgery does require you to go under anesthesia, which means driving yourself home isn’t a good idea. Plus, you’ll be restricted with what you can do right after the surgery, so having someone take care of you that day is crucial.

Because you’ll be under anesthesia, you won’t remember the surgery.

The Recovery Process

Everyone’s recovery is slightly different, as some bodies heal quicker than others. It will depend on how the surgery went, if there were any complications, and how your body reacts to the implants. Although your surgeon will give you a general recovery idea, it could end up being shorter or longer than what they estimate. It’s best to be prepared for that.

Expect to be in discomfort for the week. Your body was cut into, so there is bound to be some pain in the chest area. Your surgeon will likely send you home with prescribed pain medication to help alleviate the discomfort.

As the recovery moves into the following weeks, you’ll be able to get back into your normal routine slowly. Don’t expect to jump back into where you were before prior to the surgery. Ease into your routine until you’re fully recovered.


Your doctor will schedule follow-up appointments to check your healing progress. Make sure you don’t miss those appointments and bring up anything that seems off to you.