I am assuming this varies from doctor to doctor and I plan on asking my PS these questions as well, but I was wondering how the majority would answer these questions. Will I need to buy a post op bra or will/should it be provided by my surgeon? I've heard about "silicone" bandages or something along those lines for scarring after surgery. Are these good to use? Amica Montana pills, vitamin E and B? Are these reccomended and safe?
A: Good questions for your consultation
The use of garments is at times necessary to control implant position in the early post operative period. The need to use such garments depends on the tightness of your breast envelope, whether the implant is position under or overtop of the muscle, and the philosophy of your treating doctor. For example, tight lower pole of the breast along with submuscular implant placement often pushed the implant too superiorly in the early post operative period. This high implant position can be prevented or improved by use of specially designed compression breast garments to push the implant downwards in the early first 6 weeks after surgery. Siicone sheeting can often help scars soften and mature if used in the first 6 months following surgery and worthwhile to consider using starting 2-3 weeks after surgery. I am not a fan of using Arnica or Vit E. They are not proven but probably not harmful.