Surgery is only the first step in breast augmentation. Your body needs time to heal and your implants can take up to three to six months to settle as scar tissue develops around them to hold them into place. In order to achieve the best results possible, special care must be taken with your breasts in the days and weeks following the procedure.
While you should always consult your surgeon directly for instructions, the following in a guide to help you care for your breasts during your recovery period.
In the days following your surgery:
Immediately following your surgery, you will be required to wear a special post-surgical bra. This should be worn day and night for the first eight weeks after surgery. You will have to sleep on your back until you are comfortable enough to be on your side. You will not be able to sleep on your stomach initially.
While you can enjoy all the foods you did prior to the surgery, you should abstain from alcohol until you are off of your pain medication. You will be able to shower two days after the surgery.
During these first few days, it is important to rest as much as possible. Take a few days off work and refrain from lifting anything heavier than five to ten pounds. It is fine to lift your arms above shoulder level (for example, to wash your hair).
At Edelstein Cosmetic, massage is not necessary ! In the rare situation where your surgeon wants you to massage, they will advise you on how to do the massage exercises.
In the weeks following your surgery:
After about a week, you should be healed sufficiently enough to return to work. The exception is if your work involves a lot of physical activity in which case you should request reduced duties, or take an additional week off work.
Continue sleeping on your back or sides.
After two days, you may take a shower, but don’t bathe for at least two weeks. It is also important to ensure that you fully dry off your wounds. Pat dry with a towel.
Wear the surgical bra, or a similar non-wire sports bra, for a minimum of eight weeks following the surgery. The sports bra should just hold the breasts where they want to be. It should not push the breasts up or push them excessively together.
Heavy cardio activity and upper body muscle exercises should be avoided for about six weeks – or longer if your doctor advises it. This is especially true of any activity that engages your pectoral muscles or causes your breasts to bounce.
Come in for your follow-up appointments
One of the most important things you can do to care for your breasts following breast augmentation is to see your surgeon for your follow up appointments. This way, he will be able to monitor the progress of your healing, adjust prescriptions as necessary and catch any minor complications before they turn into major problems.
Since every woman is different, many of the above recommendations are guidelines only and the advice of your surgeon should be your main source of information.
At Edelstein Cosmetic, we take great care to provide our patients with the necessary follow-up and advice on how to care for their breasts following breast augmentation. If you would like to schedule a consultation at our Toronto clinic, call us today.