How long does surgery take?
Surgery typically takes anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes, depending on the need to obtain symmetry in
cases where there is significant baseline mismatch.
Is breast augmentation painful?
Dr. Shermak does everything she can with operative anesthesia, local anesthetics, and postoperative
medications to assure her patients are as comfortable as possible after surgery. Her patients are up and about
immediately after surgery.
Is breast augmentation safe?
Breast augmentation is one of the top surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons. As long as the
patient is vetted to be safe for surgery, and the facility is fully accredited (all of the surgical facilities
Dr. Shermak uses are!), then you should have an optimal surgical experience. Surgery typically takes up to 90
minutes, and is most often performed in an outpatient surgical facility.
Breast augmentation recovery: What can I expect?
Normal day-to-day activity is resumed in the days to week following your surgery. You can shower the day
after surgery, but Dr. Shermak insists that you hold off from swimming or vigorous working out for three to
four weeks. Dr. Shermak will plan to see you within days after your surgery, and in the following weeks to
help optimize your postoperative recovery.
When does swelling after breast augmentation begin to subside?
There is not typically a great deal of swelling in most cases. After several weeks, the acute swelling should
resolve. Breast implants may take months (or even years) to completely settle.
How Do You Massage Breasts After Breast Augmentation?
Dr. Shermak recommends that her patients massage round saline or gel implants at about two weeks after
surgery. She will instruct you on moving your implant upward and inward with compressive massage in a
Do I need a Breast Augmentation, a Breastlift, or Both?
This is best determined during your office visit with Dr. Shermak. In cases where a woman wants more
fullness, Breast Augmentation provides that. If there is sagging either from development or pregnancy,
Breastlift may be necessary in centering the breast more optimally around the implant. In some cases, women do
not desire Breastlift and only desire Augmentation, even if the nipple is on the low side.
Should I Wear A Surgical Bra After Breast Augmentation?
Yes. Dr. Shermak recommends you wear a soft, supportive bra without underwire for at least 6 weeks after
surgery. You only need to wear the bra throughout the day and night for the first weeks after surgery.
What is your advice for Exercise After Breast Augmentation?
You may start lower body exercise within weeks of surgery as long as you keep your arms immobile. Upper body
exercise may begin about a month after Breast Augmentation surgery.
What are the signs of Capsular Contracture After Breast Augmentation?
Capsular contracture describes the development of firm scar tissue around a breast implant, causing implant
firmness, functional tightness, and possibly even a visible difference in the breast. If the breast is stable
and comfortable, there is a low likelihood that capsular contracture is present. With the latest generation of
silicone gel implants and preferred incisions and pocket placement, capsular contracture is far less common
with contemporary Breast Augmentation.