After Surgery Care

Breast augmentation surgery requires a general anaesthetic, with the operation taking 1-2 hours, and is usually performed as a day-stay or overnight-stay procedure.

Read on to learn some after surgery care techniques for a smooth, comfortable recovery:

  • You may gradually return to your normal routine after 24 hours, with the exception of heavy housework, gardening, gym/aerobics and contact sports for which you must wait 6 weeks. No lifting heavy objects for 6 weeks.
  • You may shower after 24 hours, but leave the wounds covered with the tape (Hypafix). Pat the tape dry with a towel and then dry completely with a hairdryer. Wounds will be taped for a month post operatively (changing weekly) then Bio-oil, Rose Hip oil or Vitamin E or A can be massaged into the scars.
  • Expect the sensation of tightness in the chest area. There may also be some altered nipple sensation. This usually resolves in days or weeks.
  • Mild painkillers such as Panadol are usually all that is needed to manage discomfort. If implants are placed sub fascial or sub muscular you may need Digesic, Tramadol or Endone.
  • NO aspirin or anti-inflammatories to be taken (Nurofen, Ibuprofen) for 2 weeks after surgery.
  • You can raise your hands above your head after surgery.
  • You may drive after 24 hours.
  • Take antibiotics for five days.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking decreases blood flow to the skin and can delay healing. It increases all risks of surgery.
  • A multivitamin containing zinc and vitamin A and C for healing can be taken.
  • Decreased swelling and settling of the implant usually occurs at around six weeks after surgery care.
  • The medical Z-Bra is to be worn post operatively. No underwire bras for two months. Crop tops or jogging bras can be worn for comfort and support with any exercise. Attractive bras can be worn after one month when swelling has settled.

Post breast augmentation care

Do not hesitate to contact the rooms on 08 8267 6844 or my mobile on 0407 700 994 if you have any concerns.

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  • (08) 8267 6844
  • Suite 8, 1st Floor
    183 Tynte Street

    North Adelaide, SA, 5006


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