Following our blog on pre-operative instructions for Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant, we have come up with post-operative steps.
After the Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant surgery
It is very important to follow your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions post your Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant surgery. This will lead to the smooth recovery and achieve desired results.
- The process of healing after Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant differs from person to person.
- There will be little pain and discomfort after your Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon shall prescribe pain medicine for you. You need to follow the instructions for taking the medicines.
- The healing process and the effects of anesthesia will make you feel tired for the first one to three weeks after Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant surgery.
- A feeling of pressure and tightness would be there in your breasts. Swelling in the breasts will also be there. These are the expected and normal things that will happen after the Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant surgery. After one week of surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will check incision and remove the sutures.
What you should do after Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant surgery
- You should not remove the dressing until your cosmetic surgeon advice or he himself does it. This is done mostly after the two days of the surgery.
- For the first two to three weeks, you need to wear a soft bra if prescribed by your cosmetic surgeon. You can remove your bra for washing.
- Discuss with your doctor about your limitations in arm movement. Usually, arm motion needs to be limited for about 48 hours.
- You may begin the massage of your scar after about four to six weeks after Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant surgery. You need to understand that scarring is unavoidable side effect after the surgery and also is a natural for the healing of the body. In the first three months, the incisions will get bumpy and red because of your body’s process of building scars tissues. We highly recommend starting the scar massage once your incision is stabilized which is expected to happen after about four to six weeks after Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant surgery. By the time of your six-month appointment, you will observe that your scars have gone flattened and lightened. Your scars will finish maturing after about a year of Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant surgery.
What you should avoid after Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant surgery
- In the first 48 hours, you should not use aspirin, products containing ibuprofen, aspirin, fish oil or vitamin E. We shall instruct when you need to.
- After about 48 hours of your Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant surgery, you may take a shower. In the case of the drain, you need to have water resistant drain dressing placed firmly. You will be given instructions as to how to change the dressing if it falls off or get wet.
- Do not use a bathtub or be soaked in a swimming pool until your incisions are fully healed.
- Do not apply anything on your incisions like over-the-counter lotions, solutions or herbal medicines.
- You should not sleep on your side or stomach if your cosmetic surgeon has restricted to do so. We prescribe that you sleep on your back for about one to three weeks after your Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant surgery.
- No sexual activity should be done for at least the first weeks after your surgery.
- Until you are completely off all prescribed pain medicines and until you don’t feel any discomfort handling steering wheel, you should not drive a motor. This might take one to two weeks after surgery. You should wear a seat belt only if you place a small and soft pillow over your chest area.
- Do not give pressure on your arms or elbows to get up from the bed, chair etc. Take care of this for usually for about one to two weeks.
- Strenuous activity needs to be avoided for at least four weeks. By the end of the third week, you may begin to do lower body and leg exercises. Upper body exercise needs to be avoided for at least four weeks.
- Do not lift heavy objects and don’t bend down on your knees. You may lift anything over 5kg until the first four weeks. After about four to six weeks after Breast Augmentation/Breast Implant surgery, you can lift 15kg. In case it hurts, you should stop immediately.
- For about three months, an underwire bra should be avoided.
Immediately call us if…
- Your incision is opened.
- You can feel that your one breast is larger and harder than the other.
- If you see below signs of infection:
- Over temperature of 100.4º F or 38º C.
- Spreading of the redness of incision lines after about the first 48 hours.
- You see a pus-like yellow or bad and foul smelling drainage coming out of incision or drain sites.
- You don’t have pain relief and have discomfort after your pain medicine.
- Your one breast is more swollen than the other.
- Spitting sutures: If you see that the area of redness and tenderness is developing around a dissolving stitch that has become irritated and comes up to the surface. That stitch looks like a fishing line, clear or white. That is not an emergency. You may still call the clinic for an appointment.
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