After Your Breast Augmentation
When recovering from your surgery it is important to be aware of the following:
- You have received an anesthetic and may be mildly groggy and dizzy.
- Apply ice packs as needed for pain, avoiding the nipple area.
- Take any prescribed pain medications and/or antibiotics as directed on the label. Do not take aspirin or aspirin-containing medications.
- Rest at home for 24 hours. Elevate the upper body with pillows or sit in a recliner chair.
- Elbows should remain at your sides. After the first day, you may raise your hands no higher than the top of your head with the elbows forward.
- No vigorous activity until approved by your doctor (approximately 3 weeks).
- Occasionally, drains may be left in place. The nurse in the recovery room will instruct you in the operation of these drains.
- Empty and record the amount of drainage as instructed by your doctor.
- Shower with soap and water avoiding a direct spray of water on the incisions (once approved by your doctor).
- Remove the bandage, bra and gauzes before showering
- Leave the skin tapes in place until you see your doctor.
- Watch for signs of internal bleeding such as severe swelling accompanied by very severe pain. If either of these symptoms occurs, please call your doctor immediately or go to the Emergency Room.
Call your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if you develop any unusual symptoms, such as:
- Shaking chills and/or fever over 101°F
- Excessive bleeding (more than slight staining of bandage)
- Excessive pain
- Excessive swelling