Post-op advice you need to follow after a breast augmentation Introduction The breasts play a critical role in defining the femininity and physical beauty of women. Smaller breasts not only look unappealing and affect your overall body outline but also lead to lower self-esteem. Women desire to have fuller and projected breasts. If your breasts are smaller and the condition is affecting your self-esteem and quality of life, you may consider getting breast augmentation surgery. Depending on the aesthetic flaws in your breasts and the improvements you want to achieve, the plastic surgeon may recommend breast implant surgery or fat transfer to the breasts. Breast augmentation is a major operation because it involves incisions and surgical trauma. As such, the surgeon will give you post-op advice to be followed during the recovery period, which can extend to several weeks. Breast augmentation surgery To understand why it is vital to follow the surgeon’s post-op advice, you need first to see the bigger picture of what the procedure involves. Breast augmentation surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia, and after which you fill fall asleep and not remember anything about how the operation was carried out. After the anesthesia administration, the doctor will make incisions on the breasts if you are undergoing breast implant surgery. He will then insert and place the implants into the breasts through the incisions. There are two types of breast implants: silicone and saline. Both of these implants come in different size options. The surgeon will recommend you the breast implant size suitable for you. After putting the implants into the breasts, the surgeon will then suture and close the incisions. Now that you know how the surgery is performed, you can understand how invasive the procedure can be. It is for this reason that the post-op advice is provided and you must make sure to follow that advice. On the other hand, fat transfer surgery involves the use of the excess, unwanted fat in your body to add projection and shape to the breasts. Unlike breast implant surgery, this procedure does not augment your breasts considerably. During the operation, the plastic surgeon will make tiny incisions on the fat donor areas in your body, such as the flanks, abdomen, and upper back. He will then use liposuction to remove the excess fat from those areas. The surgeon will then spin the fat in a centrifuge with the goal to purify it. Once the fat is cleaned, the surgeon will carefully transfer it to your breasts. Fat transfer is done by using a special needle to inject the fat cells into your breasts carefully. This procedure does not involve incisions on the breasts, but on the fat donor sites. Just like breast implant surgery, patients undergoing fat transfer will also be advised to follow specific instructions. Post-op advice The post-op advice is provided to make the recovery smooth, safe, and quick for the patient. The doctor will give you instructions at the end of the surgery before you go home from the hospital. Below are the standard and most crucial post-op advice after breast augmentation surgery: – Go through a recovery period Many patients assume that breast augmentation surgery is a simple procedure that does not involve incisions and surgical trauma. However, the reality is that this procedure is highly invasive and traumatic. After the procedure, your breasts will be swollen and you will experience some pain in your breasts. To recuperate from the surgical trauma and avoid the risks that may result from carelessness, the patient is advised to go through a complete recovery period after the procedure. Most of the recovery will take place during the first two weeks of the surgery; however, full recovery requires six weeks post-op.