How many hours does breast implant surgery la…

How many hours does breast implant surgery last?

Asked by noordinarygirl in Garrison, NY • 5 years ago

G. Wesley Price, MD in Chevy Chase, MD

Normally a breast augmentation surgery takes about 1 1/2 hours. Then about an hour in recovery before discharge home.. With newer techniques and medications the recovery from the surgery is much easier than it was 5-10 years ago with patients returning to normal activities and work much quicker.. Good Luck!

Larry Schlesinger, M.D., F.A.C.S. in Honolulu, HI

Breast augmentation surgery lasts anywhere from 1 to 2-1/2 hours depending on the complexity of the surgery.

I do all my breast augmentations through the armpit, partially under the muscle, using high profile silicone implants. The time of the surgery is increased if the patient has fat in the anterior part of the armpit (axillary breast tissue). This normally is suctioned out at no additional cost to the patient. Often, a dual plane is required to get the implant at the bottom of the breast pocket and get the nipple moved up.

With check-in time and post-op recovery time, breast augmentations appear to the family in the waiting room to take approximately 4-5 hours.

Frank J. Ferraro, MD in Ridgewood, NJ

Your breast augmentation surgery should take one hour or less. If special circumstances exist it might require more time.

Frank J. Ferraro, MD in Ridgewood, NJ

In general the procedure takes less than one hour. You will need appropriate anesthesia at a certified surgical center. If a lift is needed or special circumstances exist than the surgery will take longer.

Kenneth R. Francis, MD, FACS in New York, NY

Dear noordinarygirl,
In general, breast augmentation surgery takes about 1 hour. In more difficult cases, the surgery could go to 1.5 or 2 hrs. It is rare to exceed 2 hours.
Kenneth R. Francis, MD

Frank J. Ferraro, MD in Ridgewood, NJ

My surgery time for breast augmentation is one hour. You will wake up in the recovery room and go home in about two to three hours. I like the crease incision for the pocket dissection and the use of sizers to allow the best fit for your silicone implant. Overall recovery takes about four weeks, but you will feel better in a couple of days.
Frank J. Ferraro, MD
Plastic Surgery Specialists of NJ
2 Sears Drive
Suite 103
Paramus, NJ 07652
phone 2016648000

Breast implant surgery on the average lasts about 1-2 hours. But remember if you are the family member waiting, it will seem longer because the patient has to be put to sleep and woken up by anesthesia, which adds to the time in the OR.

Laura Sudarsky
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