After having a breast augmentation procedure, it’s important that you follow the advice of your surgeon. They will give you instructions that you should follow to optimise the healing process so you are back to feeling yourself sooner rather than later.
Tips for post-operative care after a breast augmentation
- On the evening following surgery, it’s a good idea to get up and walk around a bit. This can help prevent blood clots from forming. This does not mean exercise is advisable. Generally you should only begin to get back into exercising three weeks after your surgery.
- Use ice packs as directed to help reduce swelling.
What to expect after surgery
- To support your breasts and keep them protected, they will be bandaged after surgery. Make sure that you keep your dressings clean and dry.
- Wearing a bra that does not have underwire helps provide support and is critical. Post-surgical bras are also available.
- Take it easy - Following any form of surgery it’s important to rest and allow your body to heal. You will have less energy, which is to be expected.
- Take the antibiotics that your surgeon has prescribed until you’ve completed the entire course.
- Your surgeon will prescribe you with pain medication to manage discomfort. Be aware that it is not advisable to take aspirin or products that contain aspirin for the first 10 days after surgery. If you are wanting to take another form of pain medication, speak to your doctor first.
- When sleeping, you should arrange pillows on your bed so that you are positioned on a smooth incline. It’s important to keep your upper body elevated for a few days after your surgery to aid in the healing process.
- It is not advised that you drink alcohol or drive while taking the pain medication prescribed.
- Sensitivity or numbness - Your scars or nipples may either be hypersensitive or numb after surgery. It is completely normal to experience sensation changes after surgery but these will go back to normal within 3-6 months.
- Some women experience itchiness, which is caused by the nerve endings healing. To relieve this, use ice and skin moisturizers, making sure the lotion does not get into the incision areas.
- Scarring is usually very minor and well hidden under the breast in the crease. For the first few weeks the scars will be pink and firm. Eventually after a few months they will begin to fade. While they will diminish in appearance, they won’t completely disappear.
- It is 100% normal for one breast to heal differently to the other. One may feel more uncomfortable, or swell up more. However, once they are healed they should look the same and sit naturally.
After surgery, your next appointment with your surgeon will be scheduled for 7 to 10 days later to remove your stitches. This is also the best time to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have.