Breast Enlargement Surgery
Any cosmetic procedure is first and foremost about you. You have the power to choose what is right for you and that’s what makes elective surgery so liberating. It is important not to forget this during the recovery period. You should always try your best to fit your recovery period around yourself and your body’s needs.
To avoid any complications arising post-op, we recommend you inform yourself about how best to look after yourself and your treatment area. But most of all, we recommend you adhere as closely as you can to your surgeon’s advice. Medbelle surgeons are highly skilled and highly experienced, they will also get to know you personally throughout your journey in your consultations and your surgery.
Because of this, their advice will be personally tailored to you and your needs.
Like with any surgical procedure, if you push yourself back into work or exercise too soon after surgery, you can increase the risk of surgical complications. That’s why Medbelle provides you with this detailed aftercare guide which offers insight into what you can expect following a breast augmentation procedure and also offers great advice in how to get the best results. The following tips are appropriate for roughly the first 6 weeks after surgery.
Look after your scars and the treatment area
Medbelle surgeons take great care when placing incisions during breast augmentation to ensure the scars fade and the final results are as aesthetically pleasing as possible. But you must expect some scarring from your breast enlargement. The scars will initially be sensitive and quite noticeable. But with proper scar care and over time, they will fade away.
You should keep your scars out of direct sunlight for the next 12 months. Sunlight can discolour and darken your scars, which is known as hyperpigmentation. This may lead to them being more visible in the future. If you do expose them to the sun, use a high factor sunscreen.
The treatment area should also be kept clean and dry following your breast augmentation procedure. Bathe using warm water and soap before dabbing them dry with a clean towel. Do this regularly to avoid a build-up of bacteria.
You may feel that your incisions become irritant or itchy. Once the incisions have healed, use unscented moisturisers or bio-oil to prevent the wounds from drying out. Try to avoid scratching them, as this may irritate the healing area.
Once your scars have fully healed you can massage your scars will scar cream or scar oils. Your surgeon may advise you to use silicone-based gels to help lighten the colour of the scars and help them to fade.
Wear a post-operative bra
Post-operative bras can be a central part of your recovery after breast enlargement surgery. Post-op bras can increase blood circulation and decrease inflammation, they can prevent the implant from shifting or swelling and generally support the treatment area. You should look to wear support bras both day and night for the first week and continue to sport them regularly over the first 4 weeks of your recovery process.
As to when exactly you can stop wearing support bras, be sure to address the matter in your follow-up appointment after your breast enlargement procedure. Your surgeon will always know best.
Rest well and take time off work
You should expect to have a number of days of tiredness and lethargy following your operation. This is, in part, as your anaesthetic wears off, and in part, because your body will be running in overtime to heal your incisions.
Listen to your body’s needs. Use this time to rest, relax and take some time off work, if you can. When you sleep, your surgeon may advise you to sleep in a relatively upright position which can help to prevent swelling and keep strain off your breasts.
Keep healthy, keep active
While rest and recovery is your number priority and It may take 6 weeks until you can resume exercise properly, you should remember to take short walks or very light activities. even within the first week after your breast enlargement surgery. It may take 6 weeks until you can resume exercise properly, but keeping active can prevent blood clotting in the period immediately after your procedure.
Inspect your incisions regularly
Regularly inspect the treatment area to ensure you stay aware of any symptoms which may indicate infection. For up to 10 days after your surgery, you may experience a small amount of bleeding or clear discharge from the wound. The area will be sore and bruised for some time.
Inspecting your incisions can help you to understand whether any symptoms are re-appearing when they perhaps should have already passed symptoms of infection may include:
- Persistent pain
- Swelling and bruising
- Redness and warmth around the incision wounds
- Foul-smelling discharge from the wounds
- Signs of blood clots; chest-pains, breathing difficulties or pains in your calves
- Significant bleeding at the incisions
Medbelle is with you, every step of the way
Supporting our patients is our top priority. We will be there for you from the moment you sign up, in the lead up to your surgery and for up to 6 weeks afterwards. We will answer any questions for you and provide you with a pre- and post-operative guide. We also organise your follow-up appointments and regularly check-in to assess your progress.
Choose Medbelle for unparalleled patient care and the most experienced and qualified cosmetic surgeons in the United Kingdom. Learn more about breast augmentation surgery and, when you are ready, we’re here to help you start your journey.