Tips: Breast Augmentation Recovery
Breast Augmentation Recovery and is an integral part of the overall outcome of a breast augmentation procedure. In fact, surgeons believe that it is just as important as the surgical procedure itself. If you are thinking of having breast surgery you should adhere to the post-operative instructions to achieve optimal results and prevent complications. If you are considering a breast augmentation, check out the following recovery tips, recommended by Dr Rebecca Wyten Plastic Surgeon from Melbourne, so you know what to expect after your Breast Augmentation Surgery.
1. Book at least 2 weeks off work
Depending on your occupation, age, skin elasticity, desired breast appearance and type of Breast Surgery, you will need at least a week or two before you can return to your daily routine. You will need more time off if your job involves heavy lifting as opposed to an administrative position that requires less movement.
2. Avoid any strenuous exercise or activities during your recovery period
No heavy lifting should occur for at least 6 weeks and no Pectoral (chest Muscle) work should be performed for at least 12 weeks. You should continue walking and performing any light duties to keep moving. As much as possible, try to avoid any other activities that may compromise the outcome of your surgery. Read more on Working Out After Breast Augmentation: How Soon Can I Start?
3. Avoid any repetitive upper body movements apart from stretching
You still need to keep moving so you don’t get too stiff. Repetitive upper body movements may accidentally remove the sutures and re-open the surgical wound. If this happens, you may need to undergo another breast surgery. Refer to your surgeon’s instructions for stretching exercises if you are unsure.
4. Refrain from touching your surgical wound
Touching the breast augmentation surgical wound with your bare hands may lead to infection.
5. Keep the wound site dry for at least 1 week
If you will take a bath, it is recommended to only have waist-high baths to keep the surgical wound nice and dry. Doing so allows the wound to recover faster. After review with your surgeon, you may shower after a week.
6. Bras for Breast Augmentation Recovery
Wear your selected compression garments or sports bra. For example, wear a soft bra for the first week, a more supportive bra (no wire) for the second week, then it is recommended to sleep in a soft bar for at least 6 weeks. This will help maintain the appearance of the breasts so they look fuller when they have completely healed.
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It is important to regularly take your medication before the pain starts. This will help with breaking the pain cycle. Your surgeon will instruct you on how to take your medications. An antibiotic and pain reliever is usually prescribed to avoid any infection and reduce discomfort.
8. Smoking No, No, N0
The nicotine in cigarettes is a potent vasoconstrictor, which means that it narrows the opening of blood vessels and impairs blood circulation. In order for you to heal faster, the blood flow to your breasts must be normal, so it’s best to stop at least 6 weeks prior to breast surgery in order for your lungs to recover and for at least 6 weeks post-surgery. (This includes gum or patches) Stopping altogether is highly recommended.
9. Clean the surgical wound as prescribed.
Before discharge from the hospital, your surgeon or nurse will teach you how to properly clean the surgical wound. Make sure you use the correct technique and clean it as prescribed to avoid inflicting any damage to the wound.
10. Report any abnormalities.
After the procedure, bruising, redness, pain, and swelling are normal. Most of these symptoms will subside after a few days. If, however you experience bleeding, loss of breast sensation, any pus being drained, breast asymmetry, increased pain, or any unusual symptoms, it is best to consult with your surgeon immediately for advice.
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Each patient is an individual, and each surgery is customised to fit each patient. Please contact us today for any questions or to arrange a consult with Dr Rebecca Wyten, Top Female Breast Surgeon.