Breast augmentation aftercare – Useful tips
Post-operative care plays a critically important role in the success of a breast augmentation procedure. Good breast augmentation aftercare may spell the difference between a quick return to one’s daily routine and a “quick return” to the hospital – followed up by a series of complications. GO.CARE’s aftercare guide will help you improve the success rate, shorten the treatment duration, and achieve the beautiful breasts you deserve!
During the surgery, the doctor is the main player, who is directly responsible for the whole procedure’s success and safety. On the other hand, during the postoperative period, it is the patient who is in charge – the doctor now only provides guidance and support. Many patients do not take proper care of themselves after the treatment – which leads to unfortunate complications such as breast dislocation, incision bleeding, swelling, pain, breast necrosis, etc. In order to speed up the recovery process and achieve the desired results, it is vital that you strictly follow every of your doctor’s instructions – as well as the breast augmentation aftercare tips below.
What to expect after breast augmentation?
Endoscopic breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Hence, postoperative follow-up care is necessary to ensure the procedure’s safety. After the surgery, the patient may experience tightness in the chest area and tiredness due to the anesthetic’s effect. Those feelings will gradually wear away within the following 1-2 days. In the case of armpit endoscopic breast augmentation, you will feel a little bit uncomfortable when moving your hand, as the incision is made inside the armpit.
As the first step of breast augmentation aftercare, patients are advised to rest at the hospital for at least 1 day. In most cases, you may return to your daily schedule 5-7 days after the treatment.
Below are some of the common symptoms after breast augmentation surgery:
- Pain around the incision within the first 24-48 hours.
- Swelling and bruising at the surgical site.
- Difficulty in moving your shoulders and arms.
- Persisting pain due to a sudden increase in the chest’s volume.
- In rare cases, loss of sensitivity around the nipples.
- Temporary breast imbalance: There may be a temporary imbalance in the posterior area of the breast implant. However, this will gradually be improved after a few weeks.
After breast augmentation surgery, patients may practice walking slowly to enhance blood circulation. Although you may feel uncomfortable while breathing, do not be afraid to take deep breaths.
Breast augmentation aftercare
When it comes to breast augmentation post-operative care, there are a lot of things to keep in mind. Aside from taking care of the surgical site, you also need to pay attention to your daily diet and physical activities.
Below are what to do and what NOT to do after breast augmentation.
- Do not scratch, touch or press into the operated area – this may lead to complications such as bleeding and hematoma.
- Use antibiotics, analgesics, anti-edema, anti-scars … as prescribed by the doctor.
- Change the bandages within 24 hours after the surgery. You should bandage the incision to prevent clothing from touching the injury site, especially the armpit areas.
- Avoid exposure of the surgical site to water.
- Use ice packs to ease the pain for the first 2 days. Make sure to check the pack’s temperature regularly. Use a clean piece of gauze to prevent the pack from contacting the skin, which may cause thermal burns.
- From the 4th day on, use heat packs to reduce swelling and bruising.
- Do not eat hard foods for 5-7 days after breast augmentation surgery. Eat soft foods such as rice porridge and soups.
- Abstain from foods that may cause itching such as chicken, seafood, sticky rice, etc., as well as those that affect skin pigmentation (eggs, beef). Stay away from hot and spicy foods, beer, alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, etc. as they may interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of infection.
- Drink plenty of water. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in vitamins A, C, E.
- Refrain from intense physical activities for several weeks following the treatment.
- Avoid vigorous exercises (playing golf, swimming, etc.) for the following 3 months. Also, do not massage your chest while having sex. Do not carry items that are heavier than 5 kg for the first month.
- Do not go sauna for 4 weeks after breast augmentation surgery – this can affect the recovery process.
- While sleeping, lie on your back so that your breasts are not subjected to pressure.
Hopefully, the above-mentioned breast augmentation aftercare tips will help you gain the desired results from the treatment. In case you are interested in premium breast augmentation services, contact GO.CARE now to get a COMPLETELY FREE consultation and book a medical trip to the best cosmetic clinics in Asia.
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