Directly following your breast augmentation surgery, you will spend a minimum of one hour in the recovery room (this is a requirement of federal law in Medicare). You will then be sent home with a Bias wrap and gauze in place. You should not raise your arms above your shoulders or lift anything heavy for three weeks. Some postoperative medication that may be prescribed varies per patient and may not be recommended for everyone. These medications include KEFLEX® (an antibiotic, not recommended for individuals with allergies to penicillin), Flexeril® (muscle spasm), NORCO® (pain control), and Zofran® (nausea and vomiting prevention).
During your postoperative visit, all dressings are removed, and an upper pole compression band is placed. This allows the implant to maintain an inferior position and softening of the muscle so that there will only be natural occurrence over the next four to six weeks.
A follow up will take place about seven days post-op, and your breasts will be examined for bleeding, infection, and positioning of the implants. For the next 8 to 14 days, you will be changing the gauze twice a day at home. After two weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment and, depending on the placement of the implant at that time, the upper pole band may or may not be discarded. Sutures are removed. Note: if there is any evidence of scabbing, patients are asked to return in five days for final suture removal.
Incisions can get wet, and light activities may resume 14 to 21 days after surgery.
Below, this patient took the time to share her post-op experience after having breast enhancement surgery.
“After having surgery, it is important to take good care of yourself. Make sure to ice and use your compression garment (Linder Bra). Make sure to rest, eat healthily, and drink lots of water. Here, I am three days post-op and feeling great. I am very happy with my results and am very grateful to Dr. Linder and his whole team for taking care of me and providing me with an amazing experience.”
Recovery instructions may vary, and to better understand what to expect, schedule a consultation with Dr. Linder to learn more about breast augmentation surgery and the recovery time table for you. Call our office at 310-275-4513 or fill out our online contact form today.