Breast augmentation is a major plastic surgery procedure designed to enhance the size of breasts by insertion of saline or silicone implants. The recovery in this surgery can differ from one patient to another, depending on a number of factors. The skill and technique with which the cosmetic surgeon performed the surgery, the choice of implants, the extent of surgery, and the natural healing capacity of the patient will determine the course of recovery.
Dr. Paul McCluskey is an experienced plastic surgeon providing breast implant surgery to patients in Atlanta, GA and nearby areas. He will discuss the recovery process with his patients in detail at the time of initial consultation. Patients who are concerned about the pain involved, risks and length of recovery can address their doubts and concerns during the consultation.
Initial Recovery Phase
Once the surgery is completed, the patient will be taken to the recovery area at the surgical facility and kept for a few hours under monitoring and observation. The patient’s breasts will be wrapped in dressings, and a surgical bra may be provided for additional support. Most patients will have to wear the support bra for several weeks to hasten the healing process. The procedure is likely to be performed general anesthesia, but a majority of patients are in a position to go back home the same day.
As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. McCluskey recommends his patients in Atlanta, GA to arrange for someone to drive them home, and preferably stay with them overnight for the first night. Before leaving, the surgeon may provide the patient with a set of instructions to be followed during the initial recovery period. Medications to provide relief from pain and prevent infection may be prescribed for a few days. A follow-up visit date of around one week from the date of surgery will be given to the patient.
First 10 Days of Recovery
Mild pain and soreness in the breasts will be experienced for the first five to seven days. Swelling and bruising is common during the initial weeks, but will start reducing after the first week if the patient follows recovery instructions of the cosmetic surgeon carefully. Most patients are in a position to go back to work after the first week once the sutures have been removed.
However, strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for about four to six weeks. Tightness in the chest and mild difficulties in breathing are common during the first week or 10 days. During this period, the patient may try to rest in a semi-upright position as far as possible.
Contacting the Plastic Surgeon
Most patients will remain comfortable with the pain relieving medications as prescribed by the surgeon for the first few days. However, if the patient feels unusually sharp and persistent pain in the treated areas, she should contact the surgeon promptly. A stinging or burning sensation in the wounds, acute or unusual swelling in the breasts, or formation of pus are also symptoms that must not be ignored.
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