A Successful Breast Augmentation Recovery

After breast augmentation, the patient is taken to the recovery room.  Until the patient is released, a nurse will be monitoring the situation.  Recovery time varies.  Two hours is a normal minimum.

Confusion and discomfort are typical when the anesthesia begins to wane.  Pain relievers can be administered.  Extreme sleepiness and blurry vision can be expected.

Immediately after surgery, patients sometimes feel cold and start to shiver.  Medications are the usual cause of the condition.  The temperature in the operating room or ice packs applied to the breasts, after the implants have been placedalso can cause chills and shivering.  Request a blanket to relieve uncomfortable chilliness.

Nausea sometimes accompanies anesthesia.  Let the anesthesiologist or surgeon know when feeling nauseated.  There is medication available to counteract the effect.

Surgeons may recommend putting ice packs or cold compresses on breasts during the 48 hours following surgery.  These items can be purchased at most drugstores.

A drain may be placed in the incisions to eliminate excess fluid.  Fluid may be brown or pink in color.  The plastic tubes may stay inserted for a few days to a week after surgery.  Surgeons instruct how to empty and care for the drains.

The incision line should be kept dry.  Ster-Strips may have been placed on the sutures and incision line.  Tissue glue and internal sutures may have been used to bind the edges of the incisions.  Topical arnica, lotions, and creams may cause inflammation and should be kept away from the incision.  Temperature should be taken regularly during the recovery time.  An infection can cause elevated temperature.

Antibiotics prescribed by the doctor should be taken as directed until gone.  Antibiotic-resistant infection can result by not doing so.

Where the implants are placed can affect recovery time.  Breast implants placed over the chest muscle will likely cause less pain, and recovery time is generally shorter.  When implants are placed under the muscle, more pain and a longer recovery time are typical.  Recuperation time increases if the implants are done in conjunction with a breast lift.

Pain medications prescribed often include Percocet, Tylenol with codeine, and Vicodin.   Ibuprofen and aspirin should not be used as pain relievers until the surgeon gives the OK.  Excessive bleeding can be caused by these substances.  Herbal or over-the-counter diuretics should not be taken without the doctor’s approval.

Swelling may last three to four months following surgery.  This edema may be reduced by light exercise, salt reduction, and drinking water.  Sudden swelling should be reported to the surgeon.

Bruising is normal after breast implant surgery.  It will fade.  Arnica and bromelain may help.  Get advice from the surgeon.  A surgeon should be informed if bruising lasts more than several months.

Sleeping can be difficult.  It is necessary to lie on the back.  Head and upper back should be elevated.  This will reduce pain and swelling.  Take medications properly, drink fluids and eat healthy meals.

Showers have to be put off until the sutures have been removed, and the incision is closed.  Raising hands above the head is not allowed for a week.  Hair may have to be washed the night before surgery and then coiffed into a braid or ponytail for awhile.

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