Post Operative Care

The following is a general list of answers most frequently asked. These comments are not intended to cover every aspect of your postoperative care, since each person may differ in the course of healing and the operation is individualized for each patient. Routine questions may be directed to the office nurse or to the doctor during your office visits or by phone during weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Urgent or emergency calls will be answered by phoning our service in the evenings, or on the weekends and holidays.

1. REMOVE THE ACE BANDAGE THE FOLLOWING DAY AFTER THE SURGERY. LEAVE ON THE SURGICAL BRA UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO REMOVE.

2. Take the pain medications only when needed. These medications may alter your reaction time and reflexes. Avoid alcoholic beverages when taking the medications.

3. Any marked increase in the size of one or both breast, or severe increase in pain must be reported to the doctor immediately.

4. Sleep upright for five (5) days following surgery.

5. Purchase a sports bra with front closures. You must wear your surgical bra day and night for 1 week ( except for bathing or laundering the garment). Thereafter, if you need the support, wear it 8 hours daily for 4 to 6 months. (No underwire bras)

6. During your first postoperative visit, you will be instructed in techniques designed to minimize scar formation around the implants. Follow these instructions carefully and repeat these exercises twice a day, every day.

7. Showering is permitted 3 days following surgery. Bathing in a tub is usually permitted after all sutures are removed.

8. Do NOT use vitamin E oil on scars.

9. Sutures will be removed 4 to 7 days after surgery.

10. Do NOT drive an automobile for approximately 1 week after surgery. Never drive while taking pain medication!

11. Most patients are able to participate in all forms of recreation and activity after the fourth postoperative week. Vigorous activity such as aerobics or tennis should be restricted for 6 to 8 weeks. (keep in mind each patient heals differently)

12. Numbness in the skin or nipple can occur after the surgery. It will usually disappear within a few months. Occasionally the breasts become extremely sensitive and tender for a few weeks after surgery. This hypersensitivity may last 1 to 4 weeks

13. Postopertive depression is not uncommon after any form of cosmetic surgery. Such depression is usually related to the immediate postoperative discomfort, anxiety over appearance (swelling and bruising) and limitation of activity and socializing. These feelings will disappear as your appearance improves and you return to normal activity.