Getting a bath after breast implant surgery

Getting a bath after breast implant surgery

09th Mar 2021

Are you concerned about your underdeveloped breasts? There is a simple and efficient solution nowadays. We are talking about a plastic surgery procedure called breast augmentation with implants that delivers spectacular and long-lasting results. The procedure is so in demand that for many years now it is among the two most performed plastic surgery procedures in the world.

While there are two methods that can be performed to increase the size of the breasts, breast implant surgery is often associated with breast augmentation. The other procedure that can be recommended for certain patients is called fat transfer to the breasts or breast lipofilling, and it entails the use of the patient’s own fat cells for augmentation purposes. 

In preparation for breast augmentation surgery, patients are advised to do certain things such as not smoke, avoid anti-inflammatory medication as well as natural supplements, and avoid birth control medication for a minimum of a month before the procedure. These pre-operative instructions have the role of preparing the patient for the surgery and ensuring the best conditions are achieved to avoid complications. At the same time, there are requirements to be followed after breast implant surgery as well.

The non-smoking rule is still valid after breast augmentation. This means that the patient should avoid smoking for three weeks before and after the procedure. Sleeping or resting on the tummy is another thing that needs to be avoided for the first month post-op and also lifting heavy objects.

When it comes to the beginning of the recovery period, patients usually have a lot of questions about what is allowed and not allowed upon their return home from the medical facility. 

Breast implant surgery doesn’t entail a long hospitalization period. Patients can return home within hours after waking up from the effects of the general anesthesia on the same day the procedure is performed. 

A common question we get from patients in the first few days post-op is about getting a shower or bath. Some patients want to get a bath as soon as possible after returning home. However, the plastic surgeon will tell you that getting a bath after breast implant surgery is not a good idea, at least not for the first seven to ten days post-op. While getting a shower is encouraged while keeping the surgical area clean and dry, taking a bath can be dangerous in the first days due to several reasons.

In the first few days, post-op patients need to avoid too much heat. A hot bath can favorize the spread of bacteria and lead to infection. Reasonably warm water is recommended for the shower. Make sure to wait at least a week (preferably more) before getting a bath after breast implant surgery.

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