Breast Augmentation Recovery and Post-Operative Instructions
YOUR FIRST 24 HOURS
You will need a friend or family member to drive you home because you have been sedated. You will also need someone to stay with you overnight. You will need to rest for the first 24 hours but we encourage you to move your legs and get up and walk around. Try to sleep on your back with your body elevated on some pillows for the first week. Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
We will see you in the office to change your dressings and put you in a sports bra. You will need someone to drive you to this appointment. When you get home you can shower (if you do not have drains) and wash the incision lightly with soap and water. No baths for 6 weeks.
We will remove your first set of sutures in 5-7 days. We will remove your second set of sutures a week later. You can drive at this point if you feel comfortable and are off your pain medications. Please finish all of your antibiotics; you will not need a refill.
If you have any concerns or issues during your aftercare please call us and we will get you in if you need to be seen. Otherwise we will see you 1-2 more times until we release you to full activity at 6 weeks. It is very important to come to all of your post-operative appointments.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE ENTIRE 6 WEEKS
Continue to avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications. No matter how good you feel you will need to limit your activity for 6 weeks. No lifting anything over 5 lbs. No exercise. No dishes, laundry, vacuuming, etc. No lifting your arms high to reach for something. No swimming pools or spas.
You will need to wear your sports bra 24 hours a day for 6 weeks. You can take it off to shower and to wash it only. We have extras available for purchase at the office. No underwire bras.
It is normal for breasts to heal differently. One may swell more, the shapes may be different and one may hurt more. Be patient. Once the healing process is over they should look more natural and similar. It is also normal to feel tingling and shooting or zapping pains. This is the nerve regenerating. You may want to avoid caffeine and chocolate, especially around your period as this can make your breasts more sensitive. Temporary shiny and itchy skin is also normal. This is caused from the swelling and healing process. Occasionally people feel a “sloshing” in their breast. This is not in the implant. It is from air and fluid trapped around the implant and your body will naturally absorb it.
It is very important that you do breast massages for the rest of your life. We will teach you 2 to 4 weeks after surgery. Each movement should be held for one minute and be done 3-5 times a day. We are happy to show you the technique as many times as you need.
Do not tan for 6 weeks. Wear lots of sunscreen on your breasts if you are going to be in the sun. The skin is healing and is likely to burn more than normal. Putting sunscreen on your scar for the first year is advised.
We like to re-check you at 3 months, 6 months and 1 year post op. We will see you any time after that if you have a concern or yearly for a checkup.