After you have undergone breast implant surgery, you normally expect to have much bigger and shapelier breasts with an enhanced cleavage. But as with any type of surgery, breast implant surgery entails a number of side effects and risks. The post-surgical experience is an event every breast implant patient must pass through which typically lasts about half a month or more.
Breast implant surgery involves the use of general anesthesia. After surgery the patient is expected to experience fatigue and grogginess for a few days. The surgeon will typically prescribe painkillers to mitigate the soreness and pain felt on the area of the surgery site.
The typical side effects associated with breast implant surgery may include:
During the breast implant post-surgical phase, the patient’s skin and breast tissues are slowly adjusting to the implants and the wounds are slowly healing.
Tips for a Better Breast Implant Recovery
Minimize swelling – Swelling is the most common result of breast implant surgery. The first few days after surgery, you may experience a lot of swelling that can hide the results of the surgery. After the swelling has subsided, the surgical results can be partially visible and the patient can go back to doing some of her normal activities. During the post-surgical period it is advisable for the patient to drink as much fluid as possible and have quality rest for herself.
Some other tips that will lessen swelling include:
- Abstaining from drugs that can exacerbate the swelling
- Light and mild massaging of the chest area to help enhance circulation and prevent fluid accumulation
- Consuming healthy foods high in vitamins & minerals and avoiding sodium intake that can lead to fluid retention
- Minimizing nausea – Nausea is usually due to pain. Painkillers to lessen the pain and anti-nausea medicine are prescribed by surgeons to control nausea.
- Reducing pain and soreness – Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs are usually prescribed to minimize pain and soreness.
- Reducing bruising – Bruising often goes away after several days or a few weeks after surgery; however, skin discoloration from the bruising may disappear only several months after surgery.
- Take antibiotics – Antibiotics help in preventing infections and will be taken for weeks depending on the doctor’s recommendation.
- Apply cold compress – Cold compress will help lessen the swelling and pain. It can be applied to the swollen sites for several days after surgery.
- Caring for the wounds – It is important to keep the incisions dry to quicken healing and prevent infections. Do not use any topical ointments, lotions and creams on the incision unless advised by your doctor since they may inflame, irritate or infect the wound.
- Physical activities – The doctor will tell you what kind of physical activities you are allowed or not allowed to perform. The doctor will also tell you when you are allowed to take a bath. Usually, sponge baths performed by someone else is advised to avoid movement that can get in the way of healing.