Breast Augmentation Recovery
This section will cover everything you need to know about what happens after a breast augmentation surgery. You might be curious to find out for how long you should avoid any type of effort, how to reduce swelling and what you can do in order to boost your recovery and maximize the results of the surgery. It is important that you learn about what to expect after a breast procedure, including the length of healing or recovery time.
First of all, the usual “prime” period after an augmentation mammoplasty is somewhere between a week or two, depending on how fast you heal and your metabolism. The surgeon should help you establish this. This is when you are not allowed to do any type of effort, such as bending over, lifting weights or extending your arms. In the first six weeks you might need to refrain from strenuous activities and gradually plan your return to trivial events. If you happen to experience prolonged pain after the surgery, do not hesitate to get in touch with your doctor.
Since we are talking about a surgery based on making an incision, swelling is a very common side-effect. This can be extremely annoying because it makes it very hard to notice the outcome of the procedure. Below are listed a few tips than can help you reduce this:
- Drink a lot of water to aid hydration.
- Start a healthy diet based on fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid sodium.
- Reduce the retention of fluids and improve blood circulation by gently massaging your breasts.
- Discuss any type of medication with your doctor and make sure you avoid those that can prolong swelling.
After the surgery, you'll want to follow your surgeon's advice and instructions so you have a smooth recovery and avoid injury and infection. Here are a few breast augmentation tips to help with the healing process:
- Drink a lot of water to aid hydration and sodium to reduce fluid retention.
- Maintain a healthy diet.
- Using cold compresses with breaks. Ideally, you should cover the swollen area with a paper towel and apply cold compresses for 20 minutes. Make sure you remove it for 40 minutes and then repeat the process.
- Sleep in an elevated position in order to improve blood circulation that will help reduce the swelling and pain.
- Avoid taking hot showers.
- Protect your skin from the sun.
Breast augmentation risks
Even though methods and techniques used in breast augmentation surgeries have been improved over the years making the intervention safer, side-effects and possible risks still need to be taken into account because they do occur at times. It is recommended that if you are considering new breasts, you should weigh the benefits versus the risks and potential side effects.
More invasive cosmetic procedures will produce minor side effects, like: pain, change in nipple and breast sensation, tingling around the breasts and nipples, swelling and bruising. Some patients may experience less of these side effects, while others may experience more.
Breast augmentation risks are the following:
- Capsular contracture. This occurs when a scar is formed around the implant area, making it look unnatural and harsh. It has been proven that by using saline implants the risk of forming such scars diminish significantly than in the case of silicone-based implants.
- Mammography issues. If you had undergone an augmentation mammoplasty and wish to perform a mammography, chances are the tests would be compromised. The implants can interfere with the scan, but if they are placed under the muscle this can be easily avoided.
- Implant displacement. There are cases in which after having done the surgery one or both implants will not stay in place. This will result in non-matching breasts or pointing in different directions.
- Implant deflation. Even if they proved to be less dangerous than silicone implants, saline-based ones can develop leaks and cause the chest to flatten. This is caused by not overfilling the implants.
- Implant rupture. While saline implants develop leaks and deflate, silicon-based ones can rupture. Your body does not absorb the solution immediately, so you might not notice the effects on time. This will lead to the before mentioned risk, capsular contracture. However, recent studies have shown that the probability of a silicon implant rupture is significantly lower compared to the 80s, due to the thicker shell manufactured nowadays for the implants.
- Rippling or wrinkling. The saline solution can move around inside the implants, causing a “wavy” aspect of the skin. If the implants are overfilled, this can be avoided.
- Infections. They might occur during the first month of the surgery. However, the probability rate of this happening is incredibly small – 1% of interventions.
Patients who experience more severe side effects must contact their surgeon for immediate follow up. If a patient is not satisfied with the results, then another surgery may be required in the future, but there will be a waiting period of up to six months.