Every breast augmentation patient should know exactly what to expect after their procedure in terms of side effects, dos and don’ts during recovery as well as how much healing and recovery time is required.
Here is what you need to know about recovering after your breast augmentation surgery.
Breast augmentation surgery aftercare tips
– Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated is important to your recovery as constipation can be a common side effect of the surgery. Any swelling that you’ll experience can also be reduced with water. Alcohol should be avoided completely and carbonated and caffeinated drinks should be kept to a minimum.
– Wear your surgical bra: The surgical bra that you will be given after your surgery needs to be worn for at least 4 weeks but preferably for 6 weeks. You can wear another support bra when you need to wash the surgical bra though.
– Don’t immerse yourself in water: Your breast augmentation wounds should not be immersed in water for at least 6 weeks after your surgery. If possible, rather shower after your surgery and be sure to pay your wounds dry. Shallow baths are fine.
– Choose your clothing carefully: To avoid stretching the breast area, rather stick to button-up shirts and zipped jackets for a week or two after your surgery.
– Sleep as upright as possible: For the first 6 weeks, it’s best to sleep as elevated as possible and on your back to reduce pain and swelling. It also reduces the risk of your implants shifting.
– Get enough rest: You should take it very easy for the first week after your surgery with gentle walking being the only activity that you should engage in. Heavy lifting and stretching are discouraged for at least 10 days following your surgery. You will also need to take at least 7 – 10 days off of work. If you have young children in the house, get someone to help you for the first week.
– Hold off on exercise: It’s best to avoid any exercise for at least a month after your surgery and any strenuous activities and movements should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
– Speak to your doctor about driving: After you undergo breast augmentation in Sydney at Dr Laniewski Clinic, you want to avoid any sudden movements that may stretch the muscles around the breasts. A surgeon needs to advise you when you’ll be able to drive again.
Breast augmentation surgery recovery
Patients can expect some bruising, swelling and discomfort for up to 3 weeks after their surgery but your surgeon will prescribe the necessary pain medication to alleviate this. There is also a chance that you’ll experience numbness, tingling and sensitivity of the nipples but these sensations will subside within 3 – 6 weeks.
Your internal stitches will dissolve on their own after a few weeks but if you see them poking through the skin, don’t pull on them and rather get in touch with your surgeon.
Your breasts will be much higher on your chest after your surgery but they will gradually lower after a few months and you’ll be able to see the final results of your surgery after 6 months.