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Breast Augmentation for Beach Season & Beyond

For years running, breast augmentation surgery has been among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. In 2018 alone, of the 17.7 million cosmetic procedures performed, well over 300,000 were breast augmentations, making it the #1 elective procedure in the nation. 

As the procedure continues to rise in popularity, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: American women believe that their confidence in, and appreciation for, their breasts is closely related to their identity as women. 

But of course, not every woman desires larger breasts. Some women simply hope to reverse the effects of pregnancy or aging. And for those women who suffered from breast cancer and were forced to choose between their breasts and their life, breast augmentation offers a way to restore their sense of femininity. 

It’s nearly impossible to answer every question or address every myth concerning breast augmentation. But for those of us considering the procedure sometime in the near future, one obvious question arises: when will I be able to bask in the results? If I have a beach trip planned for late summer, will that give me enough time to recover?

The Consultation

Successful breast augmentation procedures rely on setting realistic goals and having clear results in mind. We would not, after all, start building a home before every detail was sorted out. The same is true of a procedure that can drastically change your life.

During your consultation, your surgeon will perform an examination and ask you about your desired results. Depending on the size of your natural breasts, your surgeon will outline practical goals for increasing size, shape, or height while maintaining the most natural looking results.

Before your consultation, it’s important that you research what your ideal breasts might look like. Find and compile images that demonstrate your best possible results and present these images to your surgeon to give them a better idea of your dreams. Once your surgeon understands your needs, they’ll work with you to design the procedure for maximum effect. Everyone involved should have the utmost confidence in your singular vision.

Overall, it’s a careful process that shouldn’t be rushed. But chances are good that if you’ve been thinking about breast augmentation for some time, you already have a clear image in your head. Now, it’s just about conveying that image to your surgeon.

Average time between consultation and surgery date: 6 weeks

The Recovery Process

Depending on the particulars of your breast augmentation procedure, you can allot somewhere between one and two hours for the surgery itself. Breast augmentation is typically performed under general anesthesia, which, for some, may require more than one afternoon to fully overcome. 

During the first week of recovery, you can expect some mild discomfort or bouts of increased pain. You can mitigate discomfort with prescription and over-the-counter medicine so long as your surgeon allows. You’ll also want to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity. This ensures the quality of your augmentation and assists the body in healing fully before getting back to normal activity. 

It’s especially important that you not lift your arms above your head. Your implants will need time to settle into place, and any serious movement could disrupt the process. After 3-4 weeks following the surgery, any bruising, pain, and discomfort should begin to subside. Your surgeon will help you determine when light activity is acceptable.

Finally, by the sixth week of recovery, you should be ready to hit the beach! In roughly a month and a half, you’ve given yourself a new sense of confidence and a new look.

Total Average Recovery Time: 6 weeks

Just in Time for Beach Season

From your first consultation to a bikini selfie on the sandy shores, you can anticipate a 12-week period. That’s 3 months from the consultation to the condo—a comparatively meager waiting period considering the dramatic difference being made. Best of all, modern implants are designed to go the distance, with many implant models boasting durability beyond a decade at least. 

If you’ve been considering a breast augmentation procedure for one or more reasons, contact Pinnacle Plastic Surgery today. As the premier cosmetic surgery provider in Beaufort, SC, and the region at large, Pinnacle Plastic has the expertise and experience you need to achieve the results of your dreams. 

As a woman herself, Dr. Audrey A. Klenke, MD, FACS, knows how meaningful a woman’s confidence in her breasts can be. Dr. Klenke and her expert team will walk you through every step of the procedure, offering genuine compassion before, during, and after the surgery. 

At Pinnacle Plastic, we believe that living well means feeling great about the way you look. We’re thrilled to be a part of your self-acceptance and self-improvement journeys.

Where will you be 12 weeks from now?

In just 12 weeks, you could have the breasts of your dreams. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery is here for you every step of the way, from the first consultation to the “look at me” photo session at the shoreside. You need what you need to feel like a modern American woman, and Pinnacle Plastic wants to help you get to that place where you can be happiest, most confident, and most you. To schedule a consultation, or to learn more about the breast augmentation procedure, contact us through our website or call us at (843) 524-5550.


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