Immediate BREAST augmentation post-operative Instructions (days 0-3 after surgery or until 1 post-op appt.)
Leave the surgical bra and strap in place. Looking at them doesn’t make your result prettier and doesn’t prevent problems. In fact, it increases pain after breast augmentation as well as swelling, bruising and likelihood of complication. However, to prevent skin breakdown/blisters and improve comfort after surgery, you can loosen/remove strap for 3-5 minutes every two hours, but ensure it is ABOVE purple or silver line/zipper at all times. If you love them the day after surgery, your non-compliance can still negatively alter the result during the 3 month healing phase. If don’t love your new breast implants immediately, it doesn’t mean they won’t settle, round out and look amazing 8-12 weeks after breast augmentation surgery.
There are no dressings to change, or drain tubes, and all stitches will dissolve but you have steri-strips covering your incision, that will not dissolve, and will be removed at your second follow-up appointment.
The breast implant and pocket was washed with numbing medicine and antibiotic liquid, so it is normal to hear some fluid swishing, or gurgling noises. Your body absorbs this fluid over the first week after your procedure and these noises will dissipate.
Use your arms as little as possible and keep your elbows to your sides. Do NOT lift more than 2lbs. Do NOT push or pull yourself up with your arms. Do NOT lift arms above your head. Any repetitive motion or lifting more than 2 pounds will negatively affect your result long term.
You may sponge bathe or sit in a couple of inches of water in the bathtub and wash that way, but do not remove bra and strap and do NOT shower.
Take your pain pills and antibiotics as directed and muscle relaxant and nausea pill as needed. You’ve been given a separate sheet with detailed medication information.
You should not be driving, working or showing off your breasts at this time. This is not the time to catch up on housework, errands or shopping. You had a complex surgery under general anesthesia and should be resting comfortably in a recliner, reclining sofa or propped up on pillows in bed until your first post-operative appointment.
Plan on having an adult present for at least 24 hours after surgery, but optimally for the first 3-5 days.
Dr. Feldman has done a quality breast augmentation surgery and your results are now based on your compliance with all instructions and activity restrictions.