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What To Do After Cosmetic Surgery....Post Op Instructions...Breast Augmentation

Updated on February 13, 2013


I don't know what the statistics are on breast augmentation. But I would venture to say they could quite possibly be the most altered part of the female anatomy. In this section I will provide post op instructions from my sources. And there are at least five more cosmetic surgery post op instructions to follow.

Immediately After Surgery

  • Minimal activity for at least the first 7 days post surgery.
  • Remember to position yourself as instructed by your physician, keep your torso elevated at all time while at rest.
  • Leave the bra in place as it helps with the swelling and offers the needed support.
  • Do not raise your arms above your shoulders.
  • No heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling for a minimum of 1 week.
  • After 1 week, lifting is permissible but limited to 5 lbs or less.

You Can Expect

  • Sutures (black nylon) to be removed after about 7 days, (unless dissoluble).
  • Moderate discomfort, which should be relieved by the pain medication(s). Also the application of ice packs high on the chest is permissible and often aids in relieving discomfort.
  • Moderate swelling and bruising of the breast.
  • Some mild bloody drainage on the dressings surrounding the areola.
  • In some cases, 1-2 drains may be required. Your physician might ask that drainage amounts be logged and taken to each post operative visit, for him to review.
  • To return to non strenuous work with 5-7 days.

Call The Office If You Experience

  • Severe pain not responding to pain medications.
  • Excess swelling or swelling that is greater on one side than the other.
  • A bright red spot on the dressing/bandage which continues to enlarge and isn't controlled by light pressure.
  • Incisions that appear to be opening or becoming very red, hot to the touch or containing purulent drainage.
  • A fever.
  • Any signs of increasing firmness of one or both breast.



As was stated this is from the prospective of someone that actually works for a doctor that practices Cosmetic Surgery. Of course your doctor will give you specific instruction, and these are to be followed to the letter. This can simply serve as a backup plan.

© 2010 Alfreta Sailor


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    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Lady_E for visiting, reading and leaving a comment. You're so right this is a very popular operation. See you soon.

    • Lady_E profile image


      8 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful info - This OP is extremely popular now, so a lot of people will benefit from this Hub. I'm glad you noted smoking as lots of people like to sort of relax by having one or two ciggy's.

      Good Advice. :)

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Hello, hello and Veronica, I primarily wrote these hubs hoping to make a little money. I know I'll have to do some keyword searching and backlinking, (whatever that is),LOL, to make money. But I am going to try.

      I do thank you all for reading and commenting though. See you soon.

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Personally, the only reason I would even consider having my breast augmented, is due to health concerns like a reduction or after a mastectomy - I am too concerned about the health risks to do it for any other reason.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Men must be getting bored. Everybody is running around with the same breast. Thank you for putting all these helpful tips together


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