Rehabilitation after breast augmentation surgery

The main conditions for rapid recovery after augmentation mammoplasty are moral preparation, strict adherence to the doctor's recommendations and a positive attitude. The rules and restrictions that surgeons require to follow will reduce the risk of unintended consequences, while drug therapy will alleviate the condition and improve the outcome.

Possible complications

Complications caused by wound infection may appear in 1-2 weeks: increasing swelling, severe pain, fever.

Hematomas appear in patients who suffer from bleeding disorders, allow physical activity for the first 3 weeks, or remove compression underwear.

Damage to the glands, loading of the pleural girdle, jogging, bending can provoke implant rotation, rotation.

In women with a lack of glandular, adipose tissue it is possible to visualize, probe endoprosthesis, wavy rash. Such defects are corrected by lipofilling.

Diagnosed after 3-12 months:

  • Capsule contracture (hardening of the fibrous membrane);
  • Asymmetry of glands, breast;
  • Lymphatic fluid stagnation (seroma);
  • Hypertrophic, keloid scars;
  • Anaplastic lymphoma (approximately 100 cases / 1 million surgeries).

Recovery period deadlines

The complexity and duration of rehabilitation depends on the degree of complexity of the mammoplasty. After a simple augmentation with implants, women recover faster and easier than after a complicated endoprosthesis, with a lift, removing excess tissue.

The postoperative wound will heal in 5-7 days. Implants take root in 8-10 weeks. New breasts form up to six months. To monitor the dynamics of wound healing, the surgeon conducts scheduled examinations to detect complications.

The result of the operation is 30% depending on the experience and knowledge of the doctor. 70% of the result is formed by the correct behavior of the patient. A woman needs to know how to behave, which sensations are the norm and which are deviations.

First postoperative week

On the first day the patient is in the intensive care unit. The effect of anesthesia is felt: weakness, drowsiness, nausea. Chest pain is dull in nature. Analgesics are prescribed to alleviate the condition. At the end of the first day they are allowed to walk. An extract will be issued the next day.

The first 3-6 days are the norm:

  • Temperature rise to 37, 9 degrees;
  • Feeling of tension, fullness in the breasts (the larger the volume of the endoprosthesis, the stronger the sensations);
  • Swelling, hematomas (appearance of new hematomas, increase in the size of the swelling is an alarming symptom);
  • Loss of skin sensitivity in the breast area, on the lower pole.

A compression bra is needed. It is impossible to remove underwear for 30-45 days, even at night. It is necessary to appear at the dressing rooms on the days specified by the doctor. It is forbidden to raise your hands, sleep on your side and stomach, take a bath, lift objects weighing more than a few kg.

Second postoperative week

Pain and discomfort disappear from the 6th day. Sutures are removed in 7-10 days. The swelling persists, under invisible linen.

The chest is nice in volume. Women can go to non-physical work, do simple household chores.

In order for the implant to maintain its correct position for one month after breast augmentation, it is impossible to:

  • Walking, sleep without compression underwear;
  • Start on the abdomen, on the sides;
  • Leans forward, down;
  • Jump and jog, load on shoulder girdle, press;
  • Weight lifting;
  • Overheating.

One month after surgery

After 4-6 weeks the swelling of the glands is less noticeable or disappears. Itching, tingling, slight pain are observed in the area of the scar.

Women lead a normal life: sleep without underwear, take a warm bath, take a long walk. The compression bandage is replaced with a fastened, sporty top with a doctor's permission.

Yoga and Pilates lessons are allowed. Doing light warming at home, avoiding movements that cause pain and discomfort. Loading the legs is not contraindicated. The mammary glands must be protected from shock, pressure, vibration. Still can not overheat, sunbathe, fly.

More than one month after implant placement

Most restrictions will be lifted after 60-75 days. During this period, a capsule is formed, and the chest muscles adapt to the endoprosthesis. Reduces the risk of implants moving, overturning.

From the third month it is allowed to sleep on the stomach, rest in the sauna, on the beach, perform bath procedures. You can push the press, do inclinations, do gymnastics, take a healthy walk on the street or on a treadmill. The doctor will allow jogging, jumping in 4-5 months, power load - in six months.

In the first year you can do sports only with a tight sports top. Glandular trauma should be avoided during the entire period of implant wearing.

Medications, medications, diet to reduce the rehabilitation period

Use of ointments after mammoplasty

In the first week, patients come to the clinic to get dressed, then the breast is cared for independently. The doctor will prescribe:

  • Antibacterial, antifungal therapy (7-10 days);
  • Antiseptics for the treatment of sutures (brilliant green solution, iodine, antiseptic solutions for 15-20 days).

When the crusts disintegrate, the scars are covered with wound healing agents. Depending on the stage of recovery, surgeons recommend anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial ointments.

When buying bras you should choose models with wide straps, deep cups. For faster breast healing, include large amounts of protein in your diet: fish, poultry, cottage cheese. Enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits, gelatin dishes (aspic, jelly) containing zinc, peanuts, pine nuts, beans.

Frequently Asked Questions, Answers to them

I want to decide on surgery but I do not know what to expect?

You will see the aesthetic result after 3D modeling on the monitor screen. The pain after the procedure is negligible, discomfort is felt for the first 5 days. If you follow the restrictions, handle the sutures properly, in a few months you will be able to admire the new shapes, forget about surgery.

Do bad habits (smoking, alcohol) affect the rehabilitation process?

The use of alcohol, nicotine causes vasospasm, which leads to insufficient supply of oxygen to the tissues. After each cigarette, the blood vessels remain compressed for up to 90 minutes. In patients who smoke, drink alcohol, denial, tissue necrosis occurs three times more often.

I go to the gym quite often. Are there any restrictions?

From the fifth week you can go to the gym, but you will have to limit yourself to walking on the treadmill, training for the press, leg muscles. Yoga is allowed, Pilates. Track jogging, dumbbell workouts are available for 4 to 6 months. Professional bodybuilding and weight training are prohibited for women with implants placed under the chest muscle.

Sex is important to me. Is it possible to have an active sex life during rehabilitation?

For the first three to five days, discomfort, pain does not help to arouse sexual desire. You can and should have sex from the end of the first week. It is necessary to protect the chest from pressure, vibration. Choose positions in which the man is on his back, rest your hands on a firm support to reduce body vibration, and have fun.

Tell us about the rules of rest after surgery?

Your doctor will advise you to rest in a semi-sitting position for the first three days. For 20-30 days you can only sleep on your back.

I can not find a detailed description of the implementation of hygienic procedures during the rehabilitation on the Internet. Can you give me some advice?

Taking a shower is allowed for 3-4 days. The water temperature is 36 degrees. The stitches may get wet, but do not touch the washcloth by hand. Use baby soap, neutral pH gel. After washing the scar should be treated with antiseptic, apply a bandage, put on compression underwear. After 30 days a warm bath is allowed.

My work includes frequent business trips. Is it possible to apply for air travel often?

The air traffic ban will be lifted after 90 days. The frequency of flights is not limited.