Post-operative Instructions for Breast Enlargement Surgery
Undergoing breast augmentation can greatly improve your overall body contour and figure. It is a major change to your life and appearance, of course, which is why it's important that you understand all of the risks and benefits involved with the surgery as well as all of your options for advanced care.
The team at our cosmetic surgery center in Chevy Chase would like to look at what patients should do after they undergo surgery in order to ensure proper healing. More detailed instructions will be provided by your surgeon.
About Breast Augmentation Surgery
First, the basics. Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that involves the placement of breast implants into the breast pocket. These implants are introduced into the body through carefully placed and minimally invasive incisions. These incisions are often located on or around the breasts, though they can also be located in the armpit or the navel.
What to Expect Immediately After Breast Enlargement Surgery
Right after breast augmentation surgery, patients are often tired and groggy, which is natural. The patient will need to have a friend or family member accompanying them to the practice as the patient will not be able to operate a vehicle safely following the procedure.
It's important that patients limit their movement after surgery and get a lot of rest. This will aid in the recovery process.
What to Expect in the Days After Breast Enlargement Surgery
We advise patients to have a friend or family member present with them in the first few days after surgery to help around the home and to monitor recovery. This will be especially important since soreness, fatigue, and discomfort are all common following surgery, and patients will often need to remain in relaxed position during these crucial early days of recovery. The pain usually experienced around the breasts and/or incision sites can be managed using recommended pain medication(s).
Most patients will need at least a week off of work in order to heal properly. Since the breast augmentation surgery does affect mobility and the ability to perform certain tasks that require physical exertion, the patient may need to take more time off depending on the patient's occupation.
What to Expect in the Weeks After Surgery
Patients will return to the practice roughly a week after surgery so that their progress can be monitored and any stitches or sutures can be removed (if needed). It's important that the patent wear a compression garment in order to ensure that their breasts heal properly. Any gauze or dressings for the surgery should be changed as instructed by the surgeon.
Activities to Avoid While Recovering
There are a few activities that should be avoided following breast augmentation surgery until your surgeon advises otherwise. These include:
- Heavy lifting
- Strenuous exercise
- Sexual activity
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
- Baths (showers are fine, however)
- Swimming pools and spas
- Sleeping on your stomach
What to Do in Case of Emergencies
In the case of any emergencies or pressing concerns, be sure to speak with someone at our Chevy Chase practice right away. We will be sure to address your breast augmentation concerns as soon as possible.
Schedule a Cosmetic Cosmetic Surgery Consultation
For more information about breast augmentation surgery and your many other options for advanced aesthetic care, be sure to contact our cosmetic surgery center today. The entire team is eager to meet you in person and help you make the best possible decisions regarding your overall appearance and aesthetic goals.