Breast auto-augmentation aftercare
What can I expect after a breast auto-augmentation?
You will feel more at ease if you know what to expect after your surgery. Your BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeon will discuss with you the breast auto-augmentation aftercare process during your consultation. This will include giving you information on:
- How soon you can go back to work
- When you can resume exercising
- When you can start driving again.
Before you return home after your surgery, your surgeon will organise a follow-up appointment with you. This will often be within two weeks of your procedure. During this appointment, your surgeon will inspect your wounds to check how you are healing, change any dressings and address any complications or concerns.
How will I feel after surgery?
The way you feel after surgery will depend on what type of anaesthetic was used for your procedure. If you were put to sleep with a general anaesthetic, you may wake up feeling tired and groggy. You may also find that your concentration is affected for the first day or so after the surgery. However, all of this will resolve with time.
If you have a local anaesthetic, you may feel numbness in the area of the procedure. This should only last for a few hours.
Your breasts may initially feel over-enlarged, tight and heavy. This will be due to post-operative swelling, which will gradually settle over the first few weeks.
Is there anything I need to do in the first 24 hours?
It is important that you have an adult around you for the first 24 hours after your surgery, such as a family member or a friend. This way you will have someone who can help you in case you feel dizzy or unsteady. You will also need someone to drive you home as you will be unable to drive after the procedure as you recover from the anaesthetic. We, therefore, advise you to ask a family member or friend to accompany you after the procedure.
Returning to work
Depending on the nature of your job, we recommend that you take at least one to two weeks off work after your breast auto-augmentation. If your job is relatively active and requires you to be on your feet (for example, a waitress), then you should take two weeks off. If you have an office job, we advise you to take at least one week off. During this time off, it is important that you take it easy. Avoid even light duties for the first week, and do not lift anything heavy.
Returning to exercise
You must not partake in any strenuous physical activity in the first 3 to 4 weeks following your surgery. Vigorous movements can increase swelling of the treatment area and slow down your recovery. You can, however, resume light cardio activity such as walking on a treadmill after two weeks.
In order to help the recovery process, you should avoid lifting your arms above your head for the first week of the procedure. Do not lift any heavy objects (>10lbs) such as grocery shopping for at least the first 6 weeks. It is also recommended that you sleep propped up on pillows to help reduce swelling.
Knowing when you can return to exercise is an important part of your breast auto-augmentation aftercare. You must follow the advice that your surgeon specifically gives you on when you can start exercising again.
Care of the treatment area
After the surgery, you can expect to have some pain, tightness and discomfort around the treatment area. This should resolve within a few days. Taking over-the-counter pain medication, such as paracetamol, can help ease this.
It is important to look after your wounds and keep the incisions clean and dry. Your surgeon will tell you when you can shower again after the surgery. Do not remove the white tape (steri-strips) on your incisions until you see your surgeon again. Your surgeon may also advise you to moisturise or massage the area to promote healing. Although the healing wounds may be itchy, try to avoid scratching them. Ensure you follow your surgeon’s specific aftercare advice for a speedier recovery.
You will need to wear a post-operative recovery bra for several weeks after your surgery to support your breasts. Over this first week, you will need to wear this all day and night. Your surgeon will let you know how long you will need to wear this bra for.
The final results
Although you may notice a change in your breasts immediately following surgery, it can take a few months for the swelling to completely settle. As a result, you may find that initially, your breasts appear too high or overly-enlarged. However, you will be able to fully appreciate the cosmetic results of your breast auto-augmentation after 6 to 12 months.
It is vital that you adhere to your surgeon’s specific breast auto-augmentation aftercare advice. This will ensure that you get the best results possible and reduce the risk of complications.