All surgeons present different attitudes, approaches, and methods of postoperative preferences. Overall postoperative restrictions are created to preventing certain complications. Discussing the do’s and don’ts with your surgeon before your breast augmentation is critical to be discussed. Recovery is based on previous surgical medical history and ultimately varies from patient to patient. Every surgeon will have different views on compression garments so this is something that needs to be addressed before the procedure.
Immediately after the procedure the patient should be able to walk with assistance. It is key that every few hours, the patient be able to walk to minimize the chances of blood clots forming in the legs.
Most patients will experience average pain for the first few days. During this time it is typical to feel very stiff and sore in the chest region. Sleeping in an upright position is essential for the first week of recovery after breast augmentation. No reaching out or above your shoulder will be permitted for the first two weeks. There will also be no driving for one week post surgery or until entirely off narcotics and are physically able to respond to an emergency. Constipation is a very common side effect due to the anesthesia and pain medication. During this first week you will be able to shower but you are not permitted to wash the chest region. Refraining from pulling, lifting, or pushing anything is crucial as it might cause discomfort.
During this recovery time there are many things that the patient is still not able to execute. One of the things the patient can not fulfill is any upper body exercise after breast augmentation. At three weeks the patient may resume any lower body exercises, such as, walking, squats, and lunges. The patient must also not utilize any jacuzzi, pool, ocean or water activities for approximately eight weeks. Sun exposure or any tanning is also prohibited until the incision is completely healed. The use of any scar creams are also forbidden during the first eight weeks. During this time you may experience bruising, swelling, shiny skin, and an itching sensation.
Breast Implants are designed to last between ten and fifteen years. After this time frame there are natural changes that occur to your body requiring the implants to change shape. Breast augmentation risks are also common for long term effects. After a long period of time there can be scar tissue that forms and squeezes the implant, which is known as Capsular contracture. Another common occurrence post operation are changes in nipple and breast sensitivity.
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