Tips and Advice after Surgery

Tips and Advice after Surgery

Discomfort: Everyone will experience a certain amount of pain or discomfort after surgery. You will have better pain control if you take pain medication on a regular basis before your pain becomes unbearable. Take your medications as prescribed. Keep in mind that healing and recovery improve with good pain control. You may have a narcotic prescribed. You should not mix narcotics and alcohol. Do not use narcotics while driving. You may not resume driving until you have at least stopped taking all narcotics. Narcotics have their own side effects such as constipation, nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness.

Cold application: Cold compresses and ice packs can significantly diminish the discomfort and swelling you experience following breast augmentation. After surgery, cold compresses or ice packs (wrapped in a towel) can be applied to the surface of your chest in 10 minute intervals. To avoid skin blisters, ice packs should not make direct contact with the skin. Instead, protect your skin with a soft bath towel when applying ice packs. Contact Dr. Chen Lee if the discomfort does not diminish following the 10 minute intervals of cold application.

Anti-nausea medication: Nausea may occur following breast augmentation surgery and throughout the recovery period. Reducing the use of narcotics will diminish nausea. Occasionally, Gravol is necessary to control nausea.

Skin moisturizers: After breast augmentation surgery, breasts may appear to be discolored, reddened, shiny, or produce stinging sensations. This results from breast implant stretch of the skin. These symptoms are short lived as skin rapidly accommodates to the breast implant over the ensuing week. Some patients have found relief by gently massaging in skin moisturizers on the breast during the recovery period.

Nipple anti-sensitivity aids: In some cases, the nipples become erect and sensitive during recovery. Today's nursing pads and round band aids offer a means to protect the nipples from temporary sensitivity.

Healing aids: There are no scientifically proven medications to improve healing. We do not recommend any herbal supplements, vitamins, or special medications. Furthermore, all such special supplements should be stopped at least 2 weeks prior to your breast augmentation.

Scar aids: The quality of the final visible breast scar depends on a variety of factors. Initially, scars may appear reddened or raised. They will fade and flatten over time. Our breast augmentation specialists will often use the following scar reduction techniques: steri-strips or surgical paper tape over a fresh incision, silicone sheeting for the fresh reddened scar, and topical gels to facilitated scar maturation for up to 6 months. It is important to avoid sunlight and salon tanning of the incision site during the first 6 months following your Montreal breast augmentation.

Physical activity: On return home, it is important to commence nonstrenuous activities such as walking. Walking should be continued on a daily basis in and around your home. This will help prevent phlebitis and deep vein thrombosis in your legs.

Diet and nutrition: Staying well hydrated is essential for optimal recovery. We encourage you to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. You may resume a regular diet the day after your Montreal breast augmentation.