How to behave after breast surgery

First: Listen to your doctor as he knows best all factors about the surgery he did.

Then you could consider the following advices:

  • No driving in the first 48 hours after surgery.
  • No alcohol for 48 hours.
  • Taking your prescribed medication.
  • You can get a shower after 24 hours from the surgery.
  • Sleep in an upright reclined position for 1 week after the surgery.
  • Remember always to use your post-op bra.
  • Do not wear wired bras for a period of 6 weeks.
  • Keep your hands and elbows to your side
  • Do not lift over 5 pounds objects.
  • Do not perform heavy workouts for a period of 6 weeks.
  • Avoid sun exposition for 3 weeks and use sunscreen.
  • Make sure you have the data of your implant: a certificate from your doctor or a confirmation of registration with the manufacturer or in a specialized or national registry. With the necessary data you can also register here or print and fill out a passport yourself here. You might need the data once if there is a problem.

As with any surgery, wound healing problems and secondary bleeding may occur.

7 – 10 days after surgery, the stitches can be removed – unless self-dissolving suture material was used.

Pain when moving the arms and tightness in the breasts may persist for a few days after the operation. Swelling can be expected for three to five weeks.

If a bacterial infection develops, a second procedure is necessary to remove the implants. New implants can be inserted after six months at the soonest.

After about three months, the final aesthetic result can be checked.

After completion

Implants require lifelong care. It is reasonable to have a control once a year, but the frequency should be decided individually by your surgeon.