Breast augmentation is a major surgery and it is important to recover well in order to make the best of the procedure. This procedure can let women feel better about themselves and become more confident. So what should you be looking out for? Here are some facts that you should be aware of after your breast augmentation procedure.
1. How long will the discomfort last?
After surgery, you’ll likely experience swelling, bruising and a soreness around the breasts area. This discomfort usually lasts about a week and varies from person to person. Generally after the first few days you should be able to move about and do light work. This is the most crucial time and it is important to treat this period with care.
2. Will I be able to sleep normally?
Yes definitely! In fact, you should be sleeping with a few pillows under your shoulder in order to help decrease swelling and heal faster. You will likely need help during this time so don’t be afraid to ask people at home to help you.
3. Will there be bleeding?
You may have spots of blood on your bandages, but this will not necessarily mean you are bleeding. Your plastic surgeon should also give you a compression band to be placed over the top of your implants and/or under the breast fold.
4. Will I have stretch marks after surgery?
There could be stretch marks as the size of the breast is now bigger. What you can do to minimize this problem is to choose an implant that is of a small or moderate size.
5. What type of bra should I wear after surgery?
Generally, a soft, comfortable bra without underwires is most appropriate. In fact, many women wear camisoles and tank tops with soft built-in bras. After the breast implants have been set, you may then wear any type of bra. However, in some cases when the implants are in good position early on, you should wear a very supportive bra to hold the bases of the implants in place.
6. How long should I be out of action?
Time off work depends on several factors, chief of which is the type of work that you do. For a normal desk job, you can go back to work about a week or two after surgery. For more strenuous jobs, you will need at least 2 to 3 weeks to recover before putting your body through the stress.
7. How long does the swelling take to subside?
It usually take several weeks for the swelling to subside, depending on your body. It may even take up to 6 months for the swelling to go down.
8. What are the risks associated with breast augmentation?
There is a small risk of bleeding and resulting in you having to return to the doctor. There could also be an implant infection that would result in you having to redo your breast implant.
9. How long do breast implants last?
The length of time breast implants last depends on the individual and how one takes care of their breast augmentation. For some, breast implants will need to be replaced after a few years. For others, implants can last for 20 years. The average lifespan would be about 10 years. With our daily lives, the implant will move and shift, resulting in the wearing down of the implant over time.
So these are 9 things you should be aware of after breast augmentation. The most important would be during the recovery phase just after surgery. If at all feeling uncomfortable, do visit your plastic surgeon to ask him or her to check on it. Most importantly, enjoy your breast implants!