Recovery Time Table For Primary Augmentation
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.