Sometimes not every patient who underwent a breast augmentation procedure is satisfied, and this occurs due to various reasons. It could be that the patient is not happy with the current size of their breasts or there is an implant that’s not properly position. You should keep in mind that breast implants are not a lifetime device. And you may require a breast revision at some point due to weight changes, or pregnancy. Breast augmentation procedures often produce positive results, but like any other surgical procedure there are bound to be complications. If you recently went for a breast revision procedure, here are some tips on recovering properly.
Talk to your surgeon
After the surgery, your surgeon will discuss with you the duration you need to rest at home before returning to your normal level of activity or work. Ensure that you and your caregiver receives clear instructions regarding your post-surgical care, which includes potentials signs of complications, the typical symptoms you will experience as well as drains – if they were used.
Expect to experience some level of discomfort
Your recovery time and post-op discomfort will most likely be the same as your primary breast augmentation procedure. Although you can walk on the same day after the surgery, you will need to wait a few days before returning to your daily routines. You are still recommended to get up and move around though. You will typically feel some pain when your anesthesia wears off. You should contact your physician again if the pain becomes too unbearable.
What to do during the first week?
During the first week of recovery, you should leverage on elevation and sleep on your head and back to reduce the swelling in your chest area. Try using a wedge pillow if that’s comfortable for you. Although you are permitted to shower one to three days after the surgery, do not immerse your breasts in a Jacuzzi or tub. Wait at least a month after the surgery to do so. Do not shower if drains are placed, only do so when they are removed after 24 hours. Don’t be alarmed when you notice discoloration as it will heal with time.
What will happen in the long term?
After a month has passed, most of the residual swelling will have been resolved. After the surgery, it is typically possible to return to work within a week or ten days, also depending on the type of activities you are involved in. If you have chosen larger implants, the skin around your breasts may feel tight as your body is adjusting to accommodate new size. After several weeks or months, your new implants will settle into their final position. There might be a slight tingling or numb sensation around the incision site, but this should also decrease with time.
When recovering after a breast revision procedure, you should create a plan that you will have no problems adhering to. The chances of a better recovery will increase if you are able to maintain a lifestyle that won’t cause further complications to your condition.
This article was not written by Dr. Robert S. Fischer M.D and may not represent his views. To talk to Dr. Robert S. Fischer M.D. please contact the office directly.