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

Updated on February 13, 2013

Introduction

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.

DO NOT SMOKE!  SMOKING INCREASES THE RISK OF COMPLICATIONS AND DELAYS THE HEALING PROCESS.

Disclaimer

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 image
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      Alfreta Sailor 7 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.

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      Elena 7 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. :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 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.

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      Veronica Allen 7 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.

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      Hello, hello, 7 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