Recovery in case of breast surgery procedures such as breast implants, breast lift and breast reduction may vary from one patient to another. The surgeon’s skills, extent of surgery performed and the patient’s natural healing ability will determine how quickly the recovery is completed.
Dr. Farbod Esmailian is an experienced breast surgeon providing safe and effective procedures to patients in Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA, and surrounding areas. He will discuss the recovery process for breast augmentation and other procedures with his patients during the initial consultation.
Immediate Post-Op Phase
Once the breast augmentation procedure is over, the patient will be moved to a recovery area for close monitoring. The breasts will be covered in gauze dressing along with an elastic bandage or surgical bra for support. The surgical bra may have to be worn for several weeks to expedite healing and minimize the swelling. Most patients will be in a position to go home within a few hours. In a surgery such as breast implants, breast lift or breast reduction, particularly when it is performed under general anesthesia, the surgeon may recommend that the patient should have someone to drive them back home.
Preferably, the patient should also have someone to stay overnight for the first night. Dr. Esmailian ensures that his patients in Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA, and other areas receive specific instructions to care for the breasts for the first few days after the surgery. He will also prescribe pain relievers or other medications to reduce the risk of infection. The patient will be provided a date for a follow-up visit to his office. Patients who follow post-op instructions carefully can expect a safer and faster recovery.
First Week after Surgery
The patient is likely to experience some pain and soreness in the treated area for the first three to five days. Swelling and bruising will be more pronounced during this period, but will gradually start subsiding on its own. Patients should avoid major activities during the first few days, and vigorous exercises should be avoided for at least four to six weeks.
In the first week, the chest may feel tight and some restriction may occur while breathing. This is a normal condition after breast augmentation surgery, and the symptoms will start improving after the first week. Patient may rest in a semi-upright position to minimize swelling and to stay more comfortable.
The patient may take over the counter medications to reduce pain such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. However, these medications should not be taken beyond one week, or without the doctor’s advice. Ibuprofen should be avoided if the patient has a history of kidney, liver, or stomach problems. Even asthmatic patients should consider these medications only after consulting a physician.
When to Contact the Surgeon
The patient should contact the surgeon immediately if she experiences sudden or severe pain in the breasts, an intense burning sensation in the treated area, or an unusual or excessive swelling around the breasts.
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