Breast enlargement fat transfer aftercare
What can I expect after a breast enlargement fat transfer?
During your consultation, your BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeon will talk you through what to expect after your operation. This will help you to feel a bit more at ease before coming into hospital. In this consultation, your surgeon will go through how much time you need to take off work, driving and exercise. The breast enlargement fat transfer aftercare advice and time frames are different for every surgeon. We have listed below some general advice and time frames, this may be different to what your surgeon recommends.
You will be unable to drive for 5 days to 2 weeks after your operation. Therefore, you may wish to ask someone to help you to get around.
After your procedure, you may need to spend one night in hospital. This is to ensure that you are recovering well. Before you leave, you will organise a follow-up appointment for two weeks time with your surgeon. In this appointment, they will check to see how you are recovering, replace any dressings and address any concerns. Your surgeon will also give you advice on any drains that may be left in after your surgery.
How much time do I need to take off work?
How long you need to take off work depends on the kind of work you do. If your work is physically demanding such as waitressing, you will need to take at least a week off work. Furthermore, when you do return to work you will need to start slowly. Otherwise, we recommend that you just take a few days off. This is to allow yourself some time to recover and rest. In every case, you need to avoid light duties for at least a week. Your surgeon will be able to tell you exactly how much time you need to take off work.
When can I return to sports and exercise?
During the first week of your recovery, you should be resting. You should not do any exercise at all. Aerobic exercise can increase the amount of swelling you experience. Furthermore, starting vigorous exercise too soon after your procedure can increase the risk of bleeding into the breasts. It is therefore vital that you rest to avoid this from occurring.
By the second week, you can start to partake in exercises that do not involve rigorous movements. This includes cycling and gentle walking.
After the second week, you should be able to return to all exercise and sports. Be careful with some contact sports as your breasts may still be sore.
The post-operative bra is an important part of your breast enlargement fat transfer aftercare. After your treatment, you will have to wear a post-operative bra to help you during your recovery and help achieve the best results possible. It can help reduce the swelling and bruising in your breasts. You will need to wear this every day and night for at least 1 week, and during the day for a total of 6 weeks. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions and time frames for how long you will need to wear this for.
What can I do to help my scars healing?
To aid your scars healing your surgeon may recommend a number of techniques for you to use. These include:
- Scar massage – Only start this once your incisions have fully healed and the scabs have disappeared on their own.
- Silicone sheets or scar gels – You can use these for six months to a year once your glue or tape is off and your incision has healed.
- Keeping your scars out of direct sunlight, as this will increase the colour difference between your skin and scars. If this is unavoidable, ensure you wear a high factor sunscreen.
As some people require multiple “top-up” sessions after their first procedure, it may take a while to see the full results from surgery. After each session, you may find that your breasts feel over-enlarged and heavy for the first 24 to 48 hours. This is due to swelling and wearing your post-operative bra can help to reduce this.
Furthermore, you may find that your breasts feel tender and swollen for several weeks after surgery. This can take several months to fully resolve. During this time you may also find that your nipples feel numb or overly-sensitive and your breasts may appear tight, too high or unnaturally round. This is all part of the recovery after surgery and will settle in a couple of months.
After 4 to 6 weeks, your body should have healed enough to see the full permanent results of your breast enlargement and feel well in your new self. However, especially with the potential of multiple sessions, it may take up to 12 months for everything to completely get back to normal.
Strictly following your surgeon’s breast enlargement fat transfer aftercare advice can help you achieve the best results from your procedure.