Tips to achieve good results after breast augmentation

18th Oct 2018

Breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures nowadays. A vast majority of patients achieve good results after the procedure, but this is never a guarantee. Good results are dependent not only on the plastic surgeon’s skill and expertise, but also on the post-operative conduct of the patient.
To make sure you have a fast recovery with a satisfactory result, take your medications (antibiotics and analgesics) as prescribed, and do not mix them with alcohol. Also, abstain from driving when you are under medication. It is also possible for you to experience the side effects of painkillers such as nausea, dizziness or vomiting.
Cold compresses and ice packs help decrease discomfort after a breast augmentation, reduce swelling, and speed up the recovery. After surgery, you can apply cold compresses or ice packs to your chest for 10 minutes at a time. To avoid skin injuries, ice bags should not be applied directly to the skin, but instead placed on a soft towel to protect the skin. Also, remember not to exceed 10 minutes of application duration.
After surgery, your breasts may appear discolored, red, shiny, or you may experience a slightly stinging sensation. These symptoms are only temporary because the tissues quickly adapt to breast implants. Applying a moisturizer on the surface of the breast can, however, provide immediate relief. Avoid the surgical wound areas when applying moisturizing products on the breasts for the first two weeks post-operatively.
Herbal supplements such as Arnica or creams with Arnica can be beneficial in reducing the swelling. However, don’t take any natural supplements without discussing with the surgeon first.
The final appearance of the scar depends on a multitude of factors. At first, the scar will appear red and swollen, but it will deflate over time. The application of surgical silicone strips on the scar can make a difference for the better, as well as using topical gels after the first few months. It is important to avoid the sun and tanning salons during the six months following your breast augmentation surgery.
Upon your return home after surgery, it is important to start light intensity activities such as walking. However, refrain from intense physical exercises such as jumping, running or sports that put a lot of pressure on the muscles of the arms and chest such as tennis or swimming. Implant displacement can occur if intense activities are performed shortly after surgery and the patient can also experience more pain.

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