The many options you face when deciding whether to undergo a breast augmentation can sometimes be daunting. Even though breast augmentation surgery can be completed by an experienced plastic surgeon in less than a couple of hours, some may view the procedure in a similar light to other, less invasive cosmetic treatments. However, breast augmentation still involves surgery.
For long-term results, all round care and a final outcome you will love, a fully qualified plastic surgeon performing breast augmentation surgery in hospital should be your first choice.
Experience and Emergencies
Fully qualified plastic surgeons have at least 12 years experience of practice under their belt, as well as a minimum of 5 years intensive post-graduate experience. This is not the case with cosmetic surgeons who are not able to perform breast augmentation surgery in hospital environments.
Surgical teams working in a hospital environment can offer fantastic support before and after your procedure. This includes round-the-clock assistance in the unlikely event that you require it. Further, they have the expertise and knowledge to assist in the recovery process.
Complications during and after a professional breast augmentation are very rare. But if they do arise, patients can be comfortable with the knowledge that the best possible care is close at hand. Theatre staff have special training to monitor and react quickly to problems as they develop. Regular monitoring following an operation ensures that patients are treated early and swiftly.
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Breast Augmentation Surgery in Hospital vs Non-Hospital Procedure Risks
Over recent years, it has been reported in the media that several young women have suffered from serious complications, including cardiac arrest, during breast augmentation surgery. This has commonly occurred on the premises of their chosen doctor they choose. Unlike a hospital environment, there are no regulations around office-based surgeries. Further, the medical practitioners who perform these operations require no special credentials.
When deciding on where to have your procedure done, it’s important to keep in mind that any surgery carries risks. You will want to be in a place where staff can treat you efficiently and appropriately if complications do arise. This is especially true if they are life-threatening.
Be sure to check with your surgeon about where they operate from, and if this is the safest possible option for you.
The Road To Recovery
During the 48 hours or so that it takes your surgical wounds to begin to heal, the incisions are especially susceptible to infection. It is particularly important in these first few hours after surgery to be aware of how the wound is healing and to keep the site clean. It is also helpful, for a day or more after surgery, to be as mobile as possible and to rest in a slightly inclined position. This is to reduce the risk of clots developing. It may sound obvious, but a home or clinic environment doesn’t always adapt well to these requirements.
Although most patients are back to work within a couple of weeks of surgery, having medical staff available while you increase your activity levels can provide additional support, advice and reassurance. If you have a hectic lifestyle or children, follow doctor’s orders. Rest and avoid lifting, pushing and pulling can be hard to do in the home. An overnight stay in hospital after surgery can make following the guidance easier. It also gives your body more opportunity to recover.
A Helping Hand
Thanks to the use of local anaesthetics, breast augmentation surgery is rarely painful in itself. Afterwards, however, the breast tissue can present with bruising, swelling or is tender to the touch, so most women require medical pain relief.
In a hospital setting, staff can tailor and manage the prescription of pain relief medication to the patients’ specific needs. Patients have on-site drugs administration and access to pain relief around the clock. Outside the hospital, patients are reliant on prescriptions or purchasing over-the-counter pain relief medication.
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