Part 1 – Making the Decision
The decision to undergo cosmetic breast enhancement is not one that should be taken lightly. We are here to make the entire process as smooth as possible for you. At your initial consultation, you will meet with Dr. Harris and discuss what your goals are and how we can best achieve those goals.
During your consultation, we will review your past medical and surgical history and obtain all the information needed to make the actual procedure as safe as possible. Dr. Harris will perform a breast exam, take measurements of your breasts, and discuss all aspects of your breast augmentation procedure and the entire surgical process. You can ask all the questions you still have.
You will also have a chance to feel both types of implants (silicone and saline) to help decide which type you prefer. And depending on the procedure you choose, you may even be able to try on “sizers” to help you choose your implant size based on how you look with the sizers in place!
Part 2 – Setting the Date
Once you have decided that breast augmentation is right for you and Image Surgical Arts is the right practice for your procedure, we will schedule your surgery. We have our own state-accredited, office-based surgery center, so there is no need to go to a hospital. Our state-of-the-art surgery center offers a much more private setting than other types of centers. Less distracting bustle, more calming comfort. Plus, since all we do is cosmetic surgery, you won’t be exposed to other patients who have various other medical needs.
Part 3 – The Procedure Itself
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, so you will arrive and go home the same day. Someone else will need to drive you. Here’s how it will go:
- When you arrive, we will welcome you with our usual friendly smiles. Today is your Big Day! We will bring you back to our pre-operative area, where you will be given IV sedation and/or general anesthesia as you previously discussed with Dr. Harris and the anesthesia team. This is a good time to ask any last-minute questions you might have.
- Dr. Harris will take “before” photos and draw the lines on your body for his surgical plan. Then we will transfer you to our operating suite, cleanse your skin to disinfect the surgical area, and cover you with sterile towels and drapes.
- Now Dr. Harris takes over, performing your procedure according to plan. It can take as little as one hour to perform a breast augmentation, but of course your procedure may take longer, especially if you are getting a lift as well. When he has finished, he will close your incisions, apply sterile dressings, and we will move you to our recovery room.
- You will probably be dressed in a special post-surgery compression bra and have to wear a garment like this for several days or weeks, depending on your procedure. This garment helps support your breasts, to ease any discomfort and, most importantly, to boost the healing process.
Part 4 – Heading Home
Following your procedure, you will go home to rest in your own bed. We will send you home with written post-procedure instructions, and our team will go over everything with you before you leave. For our patients who travel long distances, we will ask that you spend the night in a nearby hotel as we usually will see you back the next morning to make sure you are doing well and haven’t thought of any questions or have any concerns.