Post-op instructions Breast Augmentation by Mark Steinmann

Post-op instructions: Breast Augmentation

Tips for a healthy recovery after a Breast Augmentation

  1. Do not remove the dressings that have been applied. Sponge bath only and do not allow the dressings to become wet.
  2. The dressing is usually removed about 7 days after surgery.
  3. Take medication as prescribed but avoid medication containing aspirin as this may aggravate bleeding. Smoking is to be avoided completely otherwise wound healing may be compromised.
  4. AVOID EXCESSIVE ARM MOVEMENTS IN THE FIRST WEEK. During the first week you must not drive. Do not lift anything heavy or lift your arms above your shoulders.
  5. After 10 days you may resume normal daily activities but avoid strenuous activities such as golf, tennis, gym, swimming.
  6. Exercise – walking on a treadmill after 1 week is permitted. Normal exercise may only resume after 6 weeks. Upper body weight training can only resume after 8 weeks
  7. The scars will take more than 1 year to fully mature. They will be pink and feel thick in the first 3 months. Apply the micropore tape and/or the scar cream for at least 3 months and avoid sun or sunbeds for 3 months.
  8. Usually a comfortable sports bra is provided on the day of the surgery. In certain cases, I will use a specialized bra or strapping. I will determine this after surgery. Additional sports bras are available in the rooms.
  9. During the first week it is important to sleep on your back with several pillows to provide support. You may lie on your side after a week if there is no pain or discomfort.
  10. At around 6 weeks after surgery I will see you for your second follow up appointment. At this time, it usually safe to wear normal wire bras.

POST-OPERATIVE WOUND AND SCAR CARE:

  • Please apply micropore tape over the scars as directed. You can change the tape every 4 to 5 days.
  • Apply the scar cream over the micropore tape. Massage the cream over the tape for about 10 minutes every day.
  • It safe to get the micropore tape wet.
  • Some patients may experience a minor allergic reaction to the tape.
  • Should you experience redness or itchiness around the scar, please stop using the tape and apply the scar cream only.
  • An alternative to the tape and the cream, is to apply silicone scar sheets. These can be obtained from most pharmacies.
  • Please use the tape for at least 6 weeks and the cream for at least 3 months.
  • The scars can appear red and inflamed for up to 9 months. This will settle with time in the vast majority of patients. If the scars get worse after 9 months you may be developing hypertrophic scars or keloids.
  • Please let me know if this occurs.

Things to watch out for during recovery:

  • Sudden increased and noticeable swelling around the surgical area
  • Redness around the area of surgery.
  • Fever.
  • If you have any of the above or if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely

Dr. Mark Steinmann

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