How Long Does a Boob Job Take?
Getting a breast augmentation, or boob job, is a major decision for many people. Knowing the full procedure and length of surgery can help potential patients decide with confidence.
1. Pre-Surgery Appointment and Preparation
Before the surgery takes place, you will have a consultation with your doctor. You will discuss the breast implant options according to your desired outcomes, and the doctor will assess the size and placement of your implants to ensure the safest and most aesthetically pleasing outcome. You will be given instructions about the preparation for the surgery and asked to provide lab work.
2. The Surgery
The average length of a breast augmentation procedure varies, depending on the particular needs and results of each individual patient. Procedures range in length from one to two hours, including anesthesia time. The doctor will make an incision, usually under the breast crease or around the nipple, and then insert the implant either directly behind the breast tissue or behind the chest tissue and muscle. The implant is then filled with saline, adjustable silicone, or a combination of both. Finally, the incision is closed with sutures, steri-strips, and/or surgical glue.
3. Post-Surgery Care
After the surgery, it’s important to follow post-surgery instructions closely. This includes keeping the surgical area dry for the first few days, wearing a supportive bra for the first week, icing the area for swelling reduction, and sleeping with your head elevated. You may also need to take antibiotics to prevent infection. The entire recovery process can take a few weeks.
4. Possible Complications
Although complications from breast augmentation surgery are rare, there are always risks associated with any surgical procedures. Possible complications include:
- Seroma (fluid accumulation)
- Capsular contracture
- Unsatisfactory results
Your surgeon should discuss these risks with you before surgery.
Overall, a boob job usually takes an average of one to two hours. The total recovery process can take a few weeks. It’s important to discuss all risks with your doctor before the surgery.