Timing Your Breast Augmentation Surgery

Whether you are planning a wedding or a beach vacation, hoping to get pregnant or lose weight, or entering a sports competition, timing is everything when you are considering breast augmentation surgery.

Taking a Beach Vacation

Around three weeks after surgery, you can go in a hot tub or swimming pool. At that time, the incision will be healed enough so that water won’t penetrate it and possibly cause an infection. You can go tanning as early as three weeks after surgery, too. Ultraviolet light, whether from the tanning bed or the sun at the beach, can make a scar redder for a longer period of time, so protect your incisions with sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.

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10 Things to Consider Before Breast Lift Surgery

Are you a candidate for a breast lift? Should you also consider implants? What can you expect during recovery? Here are 10 things consider.

A breast lift, or mastopexy, raises and firms your breasts, giving them a more youthful look. Dr. Ted Eisenberg accomplishes this by removing the excess skin, moving the nipples to a new, higher position, and suturing the remaining tissue together to create a sling – essentially a natural support bra – that raises and reshapes your breasts.

To determine if you are a candidate for a lift, try the “pencil test.” Take off your bra and look in the mirror. Place a pencil horizontally along the crease under your breast where your bra band would rest. Does your nipple – not your areola – rest above, below, or at the pencil?

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Breast Augmentation: It’s Easier the Second Time Around

Times change. And so may your breast size – especially if you’ve been pregnant or had a significant change in your weight.

During pregnancy, breasts enlarge from hormonal changes and milk production. Afterward, they could return to their original size or get smaller or bigger. Because breasts are made up mostly of fatty tissue, they will get bigger or smaller as you gain or lose weight. In fact, they are often the first indicators.

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After my breast augmentation, do I have to sleep on my back?

There’s a myth that after breast augmentation surgery, you’ll need to sleep on your back for a week or longer. Many of my patients believe it, and they are worried that they won’t be able to get to sleep, because they normally lie on their side or their stomach.

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Can you make me a full C cup?

When women come in for their breast augmentation consultation, most tell me that they want to be a “full C cup.” They want to look proportional, and they think this means they will wear a C cup bra after surgery.

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Breast Augmentation: Lessons Learned From 56,000 Breasts

I’ve examined a lot of breasts – at least 56,000 – during my career as a plastic surgeon. How’d I get to that number? About 7,000 women have come to me for breast augmentation surgery. On average, I see each woman about four times – once before her surgery and three times afterward for post-op visits.

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