What to Expect from Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is performed with the patient under general anesthesia and sedation. You can go home the same day after spending some time in post-op recovery.
To perform the breast augmentation, Dr. Combs will either make an incision under the crease of the breasts or around the areolas (the dark skin around the nipples). In both cases, the scars are barely seen after they heal.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Time and Aftercare
Results can be seen immediately, but swelling and bruising may prevent you from seeing the final result right away. Avoid lifting heavy objects and sleeping on your stomach as you heal.
You should be able to return to work within one to two weeks, and you can exercise again in about a month. If you have post-operative pain, you can take pain medication.
You will be given a surgical bra to wear during the healing period, and you will see us for follow-up appointments so that we can carefully monitor your healing.
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- Relax following your surgery. Expect to have less energy than usual the first few days after surgery. The overall effects of undergoing surgery can take more of a toll on your body than you might expect. You need rest while your body heals.
- The first 24 hours following surgery your diet should be soft foods and clear liquids. Advance your diet as tolerated following surgery. The anesthesia you are given may make you nauseated during the first day after surgery, therefore it is wise to drink liquids and eat only mild foods during this time. (Jello, mashed potatoes, soups)
- Take pain medication with food, as directed and as needed. Take only prescribed medication or Tylenol. DO NOT TAKE Tylenol and prescribed medications at the same time. DO NOT TAKE Aspirin or Ibuprofen products unless directed by your doctor.
- You will have a bra on when you come out of surgery.
- Please wear this bra for 3 weeks post-operatively: this provides additional support as the breasts heal. This bra may be removed to be washed during the first three weeks, but otherwise should be worn consistently.
- You will have a steri-strips (adhesive bandage) in place over your incision.
- After your first post-operative appointment, you may take a full shower. It is ok to get the steri-strips wet at this point, but do not remove them. You can gently pat yourself dry with a towel or use a blow dryer (cool setting) to dry the steri strips.
- Please keep your dressing clean and dry.
- Sleep on your back only. Under no conditions are you to lie on your abdomen. A pillow on each side of you body may help as a reminder not to roll over. You may sleep on your side on the third post-operative night.
- Limit reaching overhead, lifting pushing or pulling with arms. You may comb your hair, be careful not to stretch too far or too quickly.
- Lift nothing heavier than a cell phone or glass of water/juice.
- No driving. No household chores.
- NO SMOKING!!!!!
- Follow up visits are usually 1-2 times a week, then bi-weekly, then monthly.
- Still sleep on your back, if you can tolerate it. You may be on your side with pillows for support.
- Do not remove bra unless instructed by the doctor or staff.
- Do not lift elbows above your head or lift things with resistance, no heavy lifting, or other strenuous activities.
- Minimal driving with automatic transmission is permitted if you are not taking any pain medication.
- No sports.
- You may sleep on your sides or abdomen. You may now drive. Still no heavy lifting strenuous activity or sports.
- You may resume normal activities.
Supplies Needed at home
- Lots of ice for ice bags
- Pillows for support
- Over the counter stool softener and Senakot for constipation
Recovery Safety and Risks
After your surgery, you and your caregiver, will be given detailed instructions about your postsurgical care, including drains (if they have been placed), normal symptoms you may experience, and signs of potential complications.
Typically, the greatest amount of discomfort is experienced within the first 48 hours after breast augmentation surgery. The level of discomfort typically decreases day-by-day and may be effectively treated by various pain medications.
How Long will the Results Last After a Beast Augmentation?
The results of breast augmentation can be long-lasting, though a revision may be necessary should an issue arise with your implants. Silicone breast implants, for example, are not lifetime devices and should be removed and replaced at your surgeon’s recommendation. You should keep in contact with your plastic surgeon on a yearly basis.
How Long will the Results Last After a Beast Augmentation? Maintaining a Relationship with Your Plastic Surgeon
You will return to your plastic surgeon’s office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated. Your surgeon will encourage you to schedule routine mammographic evaluations at the frequency recommended for your age group.
The relationship with your plastic surgeon does not end when you leave the operating room. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact your plastic surgeon.
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