The Importance of Good Aftercare Following Breast Implants
Breast augmentation surgery (breast implants) is the most popular type of plastic surgery in the UK and the number of women having surgery is rising. In 2015, 9,652 procedures were carried out – up 12% on the previous year.
The surgery is done under general anesthetic, with most women going home the same day, providing they are recovering well.
Good aftercare is important and you should always check what your surgeon offers.
Mr Jallali regards it as crucial that you have a good understanding of what to expect both during and after surgery, what we will do to help you to recover and how you need to care for yourself and your breasts. This will ensure the best possible results.
What Happens During Surgery
Brest augmentation surgery enlarges the size of a woman’s breasts using implants – either round or teardrop shaped – which are inserted either above the muscles (sub glandular) or below them (dual plane) Your surgeon will discuss the benefits of each different approach with you.
What to Expect Afterwards
After surgery, Mr Jallali will assess you. Once the effects of the general anaesthetic have worn off and providing you are recovering well, you can normally go home the same day, however, you will not be able to drive yourself and you will need someone to stay with you for 24 hours. Mr Jallali has developed a sophisticated wound closure technique, which means you will be able to shower on the first day after surgery.
In the first 7 days you may experience some mild discomfort. Your breasts may feel numb or swollen and some bruising is likely. Some fluid leakage may occur and you may need to take painkillers, particularly at night. The swelling may move down towards your tummy in the second week.
“Most patients comment that the procedure is much less sore than expected” Dr Navid Jallali
By the third and fourth week, most of the swelling will have gone down. You may experience a feeling like pins and needles in and around the nipples and the skin may feel numb in places. Between weeks five and seven, the remaining swelling will subside and the breast tissue will start to feel softer and more natural. Over time, scar tissue will gradually fade to pink and then silvery white.
Breast Implant Aftercare
Good aftercare is important, and both you and your surgeon have a role to play.
What we do:
The stitches Mr Jallali uses are dissolvable and no drains are inserted so you won’t need to have them taken out. We do ask you to attend for a post-operative check within a few days following the surgery, to ensure that everything is healing as it should. All dressings will be removed after two weeks.
What you need to do:
As with any kind of surgery, it is important to follow your surgeon’s advice to ensure the best results.
- You will need to wear a sports bra for six weeks after surgery to support your breasts as they heal.
- You should avoid strenuous exercise for six weeks after surgery and also stretching.
- In the first week after surgery, you may need to arrange additional support, particularly if you have young children, as you may feel tired.
- You will also need help with lifting and you may need help to wash your hair, as it can be uncomfortable to hold your hands in a raised position initially.
- Your reaction times may be affected for the first week or so after surgery so you are advised not to drive.
- You may also feel more tired than normal as, for the first few days, we recommend that you sleep in a semi-raised position to help your breasts to heal.
- Any scarring will naturally fade over time. You need to keep scar tissue away from direct sunlight to avoid the risk of burning.
It is important that you feel happy and confident after surgery, so always take the time to understand the procedure and ask any questions you may have before going ahead.