All you need to know about breast augmentation recovery
If you’re considering a breast augmentation, much like any cosmetic surgery procedure, it’s important to be well-informed about the specifics of what to expect. But being prepared for what happens post-op is just as important as getting ready for the procedure itself. During your consultation with Dr. Mulholland, you are sure to discuss the details of breast augmentation recovery and aftercare, but broken down here are the basics for anyone considering taking the leap!
Recovery & aftercare
You will leave the SpaMedica Toronto clinic wearing an elastic breast band or soft, supportive bra. The purpose of this special garment is to help keep your new breasts in the desired position. Before leaving, you will be given specific postoperative instructions for your breast implant recovery as well as a follow-up appointment. There may be some sutures that need to be removed. It’s important to wear your support garment at all times, or as instructed by Dr. Mulholland’s post-op nursing team, and to clean your incision sites and apply ointment as well if instructed to do so. Aftercare protocols vary from patient to patient, so your post-op care regimen will be customized to your personal needs.
For the first 2 to 3 days after your breast augmentation, you can expect some pain and discomfort, but by day 3 or 4, you can begin performing a gentle breast self-massage in order to soften the implant pockets, and lessen the risk of any wrinkling, as well as the risk of capsule formation or hardened tissue. Acute pain usually dissipates after 1 to 5 days, but you may experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks after.
In the first 2 to 3 weeks, your implants may appear swollen and/or rest a little high up, but don’t worry! They will drop down into their pockets to achieve a more natural appearance soon after. Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication, which may include pain pills and an antibiotic to prevent infection.
Since it is possible to bleed into the pockets around your breast implants for the first few days, it’s important to take it easy and give yourself adequate time to heal before increasing your activity level. Dr. Mulholland’s post-op nursing team will let you know when it’s alright to do so, so follow the doctor’s orders for best possible results! After all—you’re only protecting your investment, right? Light activities can generally be resumed almost immediately after your surgery, but in the case of more involved aerobic activities and upper body strength training, it’s best to wait at least 6 weeks before resuming.
To schedule a breast augmentation consultation, contact us at SpaMedica in Toronto today. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the implant procedure, implant types, recovery, aftercare, as well as other complimentary procedures you may be considering!