What to Expect 3 Days after Breast Augmentation
Knowing what to expect after a breast augmentation procedure reduces stress during the recovery process. At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, we strive to educate our patients prior to their procedures so that they can go into the surgery and through recovery fully informed and with realistic expectations.
Breast augmentation surgery is performed in an outpatient setting, and patients are sent home on the same day so long as no complications arise. Comprehensive instructions for after care will be sent with each patient. The first couple of days at home can be the most uncomfortable. A few days after the breast augmentation procedure, the desired results are visible, but patients may continue to experience some soreness, swelling and pain. These should soon begin to subside. Pain management medication should be used as needed for any continued discomfort. Patients should remember that their breasts will remain sensitive to physical contact and jarring movements. (A.D.A.M., American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Mayo Clinic, U.S. National Library of Medicine)
For any incisions that were closed with sutures that do not absorb, the sutures will be taken out at a follow up appointment. In addition, any drainage tubes that were inserted after the breast augmentation surgery will be removed. Patients should keep their incisions cleaned and only apply ointment to avoid any infection. (A.D.A.M., Mayo Clinic, U.S. National Library of Medicine)
For up to two weeks after surgery, the breasts should be supported by wearing a supportive bra around the clock. The breast implants take time to settle into position. Heavy lifting and strenuous activities should be avoided during the first week of recovery. Normal activities can be resumed as directed by the doctor. (American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Mayo Clinic)
Patients should rest as much as possible during the healing process and listen to their bodies to have a smooth recovery. Should any patient feel significant warmth in their breasts or continued redness on their breasts, they should seek medical attention. These are signs of an infection that requires treatment. In addition, patients should seek medical attention should they feel shortness of breath or chest pain. (Mayo Clinic)
Our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian V. Heil is proud to provide beautiful results to our patients. Dr. Heil meets with each patient to ensure our patients are fully educated about their breast augmentation procedure and all concerns are addressed. Dr. Heil approaches every client with the utmost sensitivity and care. Should you desire to discuss any aspects of a breast augmentation procedure with our Pittsburgh plastic surgeon Dr. Brian V. Heil to determine if breast augmentation is right for you, contact us at 724-264-3608 or send us an email.