Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m 25 and have one child, I would like to have breast implants but I’m afraid the cost and recovery time is too long. Can you give me any advice and info on the payment plans and the recovery times. Thank you.
A: Cost and recovery are always the biggest issues when any women is considering getting breast implants. So every potential patient has to contend with these issues so let me discuss the facts on both of them. The recovery from breast augmentation is really a physical therapy one since the implant is placed under the muscle. (in reality, partially under the pectoralis muscle) So how does one recovery from a muscular injury…use it! I place all patients on arm range of motion exercises the night of surgery and no physical restrictions thereafter. The more you use your arms (within reason) the quicker you will recover. With there be discomfort after surgery…absolutely, but most patients do not find it severe enough to be very limiting for very long. I would have to know what type of work you do to better answer how many days you would need to return to it. From a cost standpoint, the issues are the type of implant where does one get financing to do it. Saline breast implants are the most economical and we have all of our patients use Care Credit for financing. They are a national company that we have found to be the best to work with and has the greatest option of repayment plans.
Dr. Barry Eppley