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Cosmetic Augmentation Mammaplasty


Cosmetic augmentation mammaplasty is breast implant surgery. This surgery will increase the size and change the shape of your breasts. A breast implant has an outer silicone shell and an inner filling. The filling may be saline (salt water) or silicone gel. Breast implants come in different shapes and sizes and may be adjustable.



  • Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You will need to return to have your wounds checked, and drain or stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Rest your upper body: Do not lift, pull, or push objects until your healthcare provider says it is okay.
  • Wear a support bra: This will help hold the implants in place. You may need to wear the bra all day and night. A lightweight band may also be used. If the implants are too high, healthcare providers may tell you not to wear a bra until the implants move down.
  • Ask about breast massage: Your healthcare provider may want you to massage your breasts. This will depend on what type of implant was used and where the implants were placed. Breast massage may help an implant to move where it needs to go. Do not massage your breasts unless your healthcare provider says it is okay.
  • Bathing with stitches: Follow your healthcare provider's instructions on when you can bathe. Gently wash the part of your body that has the stitches. Do not rub on the stitches to dry your skin. Pat the area gently with a towel. When the area is dry, put on a clean, new bandage as directed.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have redness, pain, or discharge where the drain was inserted.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You feel something bulge out of your chest and it does not go back in.
  • You have pain or swelling in your chest or underarm that does not go away.
  • Your incision is draining blood or pus, or has a foul-smelling odor.
  • Your shoulder, arm, or fingers feel numb, tingly, cool, or look pale.
  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.
  • You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough. You cough up blood.

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