In the excitement of planning for breast augmentation, many Washington, DC, patients don’t give much thought to follow-up care. However, as our friend Jenny Eden of Eden Knows Implants points out in this helpful article, follow-up appointments play an essential role in making sure your breast augmentation is a success and that you love your results.
Don’t skip your post-op follow-ups! Your plastic surgeon needs to see you at specific intervals to ensure you are healing well. Plus, it’s the only way to get the green light to do the things you’re probably looking forward to most, like bra shopping!
Having breast augmentation isn’t like getting a haircut—you don’t just leave the surgery center with new breasts and only return when you’re ready to update your look again. Any reputable plastic surgeon will have you return for follow-up visits at certain points in your recovery to monitor your progress.
How many post-op appointments do you have after breast augmentation?
While Jenny correctly points out that every surgeon’s preferred timeline is a little different, here’s a brief rundown of breast augmentation post-op appointments to expect:
- Immediately after surgery. Your plastic surgeon will visit you after you wake up to brief you on how the surgery went before sending you home.
- Sometime during the first week. During this appointment, you’ll have bandages (and possibly stitches) removed and your surgeon will check your incision sites.
- Additional follow-up appointments at 4 to 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and as needed thereafter. At these later appointments, you may have “after” photos taken and be cleared to resume certain activities.
Why is follow-up so important?
The key point in Jenny’s article is: don’t skip your post-op follow-ups! Your plastic surgeon doesn’t schedule these appointments just for the heck of it; your surgeon needs to see you at specific intervals to ensure you are healing well. Plus, seeing your surgeon in person is the only way you will get the green light to do the things you’re probably looking forward to most, like hitting the gym and buying new underwire bras! Follow-ups are also the best time for you to ask specific questions as you settle into your new look.
Why keep in touch with my breast augmentation surgeon?
Maintaining an ongoing relationship with your plastic surgeon is important even as the years go by. While your breast implants should last for many years without issue, they are not considered to be lifetime devices. You may eventually want or need to have them replaced. Also, new breast implant options emerge onto the market fairly often; so by checking in with your plastic surgeon from time to time, you’ll be aware of the latest choices to update your look.
Considering your options for breast augmentation in Washington, DC? The best place to begin is by making an appointment with an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon. At Center for Plastic Surgery, all of our plastic surgeons are highly experienced in breast augmentation and know how to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results; any one of them will be happy to go over your goals and expectations during a complimentary consultation. Just call 877-427-7888 or contact us online.