Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is an outpatient procedure done with general anesthetic most commonly.
The preference is to do this in an outpatient setting using a very small incision, generally about one inch long, in the fold of the breast.
The recovery from the procedure is very rapid. Stitches are out within seven to ten days and resumption of completely normal activity is allowed within three weeks. Lesser activities such as walking and a light workout can be resumed sooner with the limitation being avoiding strenuous use of the chest muscle.
Most patients experience minor discomfort for the first day or two, following which they are able to be out and about without much limitation other than as noted above.
Possible complications with the saline inflatable implant include, but are not limited to, deflation, in which case the sterile salt water would be absorbed by the body and the breast would be smaller, rippling or surface irregularities which are seen in a small percentage of patients with the saline implants, scar formation at the incisional site, or scar formation around the implant itself which would cause firmness.
The aim of the surgery generally is to make for a natural change in one's figure such that a bathing suit, sweater or dress top will fit properly, while the breasts look and feel soft and natural.