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After reading through the preceding 4 parts of our breast surgery guide, hopefully, you should now be much better informed with breast surgery and what it involves. If you haven’t already looked at them, be sure to go back and look through them.

In this final part we will be answering some of the most common questions people have about breast surgery.

How long does it take?

This depends on the type of surgery you have. A breast lift generally takes between 2-3 hours, whereas breast reduction surgery can take up to 4 hours. A breast augmentation usually only takes about 1 hour. It can vary quite a bit depending on your body type as well, so be sure to ask your surgeon this question in the consultation.

It breast surgery painful?

Generally breast surgery is not painful. You might have some soreness following the surgery but usually patients don’t describe the procedures as outright painful. Pain medicine is prescribed to help alleviate the discomfort.

How much does it cost?

Cost will depend on a few factors. These include where you have your surgery performed, the type of procedure you have, the length of the procedure, and the type of implants you choose. Generally breast surgery is affordable for most people, especially since payment plans are usually available.

Which type of surgery is right for me?

Sometimes the answer to this question is obvious. For example if your breasts are too large then breast reduction is the clear route to go. However if you’re generally unhappy with your breasts then you might be torn between getting a breast lift or breast augmentation. Discussing your options with a plastic surgeon is the best way to help you decide.

What type of implant is best?

Saline and silicone implants each have their pros and cons so there is not a right answer. Silicone generally provides a more natural look and feel but it costs more and isn’t always suitable, especially for larger implants. Again, this is best discussed in more detail with your surgeon.

Can I still exercise?

You can certainly exercise after breast surgery but not for the first 4-6 weeks. Very light exercise such as walking is fine, but you should avoid anything too strenuous in the weeks immediately following your surgery.

Will I need to take time off work?

It is usually advised that you take, on average, one week off from work, particularly if your job involves a lot of strenuous activity. Your surgeon will be able to advise on the best course of action for your particular type of surgery.


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