There are several cosmetic surgery procedures that may involve some level of recovery period and minor after-effect symptoms, and breast augmentation is a good example. Breast augmentation, which is a cosmetic procedure that uses implants to enhance or alter the way breasts look, will commonly lead to minor side effects like swelling and bruising — and while these are normal, there are some techniques patients can use to limit them and get rid of them as quickly as possible.
At the offices of Steven Warnock MD, we’re proud to offer high-quality breast augmentation services to clients throughout Utah, plus tips and expertise on recovery from the surgery and caring for your new implants. Dr. Warnock and our staff will walk you through exactly what to expect in the aftermath of your surgery, plus some techniques that may limit your swelling or bruising. This two-part blog series will go over some basic recommendations we often make in this area.
Swelling and Bruising Are Entirely Normal
First and foremost, it’s important for breast augmentation patients not to be concerned if or when they experience swelling and bruising after surgery. These are both entirely normal side effects of the procedure, and are actually to be expected in most cases. In fact, the vast majority of our patients report at least some degree of swelling and bruising in the days and weeks following surgery.
In addition, you may experience minor amounts of pain or discomfort for the first few days or weeks. Luckily, there are numerous ways to reduce this pain and also your swelling or bruising, which we’ll go into for the rest of our series.
Post-Op Surgical Bra
In many cases, you will be advised to wear a post-operative surgical bra for the first several weeks after surgery. This will help keep your breasts in place as they heal, and can also help reduce swelling and bruising.
It’s important to make sure that you purchase a post-op bra that is specifically designed for breast augmentation patients, as other bras may not offer the same level of support. You can usually find these bras at medical supply stores or online — or in many situations, you’ll simply be given multiple good bra options by your surgeon.
Avoid Above-Head Lifting
For at least two weeks following the procedure, and perhaps a bit longer if advised by your doctor, you should avoid any activities that increase the pressure in your chest area. This includes lifting heavy objects above your head, such as a large pot from the kitchen cabinet or a full laundry basket from the floor.
In addition to carrying out daily tasks and household chores, this primarily refers to physical activity and exercise. If you’re used to taking part in high-intensity workouts, or are eager to start after your surgery, it’s important to hold off until you’ve been cleared by your specialist. At that point your doctor will likely advise you on when and how to restart physical activity.
For more on how to limit swelling and bruising following breast augmentation surgery, or to learn about any of our cosmetic surgery services, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Warnock MD today.