Breast augmentation is an invasive procedure that involves skin incisions and manipulation of breast tissue. Also, the introduction of the breast implants into the body will require a certain amount of healing time before normal activities can be performed.
Pennsylvania plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Louton will give you specific instructions on how to care for the incision sites and what restrictions are necessary to ensure proper healing. For more information, call (800) 833-3888 to arrange an initial consultation at our convenient Altoona or State College office.
Guidelines for Care after Breast Implant Surgery
Each breast surgery case will involve unique recommendations based on the type of surgery, the type and placement of the implant, and your current health status. Generally, you will need to keep the following in mind while you heal:
- You will need to avoid direct sun exposure on the surgical area for one month and sun exposure for one year on the actual scar.
- You should avoid extreme range of motion, including arm movement above 45 degrees, for one week.
- We will also ask that you refrain from heavy lifting (10-plus pounds) for two weeks.
- Two weeks after surgery, you may begin gentle walking for a maximum of one mile per day.
- You can generally resume most normal activities three to four weeks following your breast surgery. Full exercise routines can be resumed at the one-month mark.
- You will need to keep your head elevated for three days after surgery.
- Most patients feel comfortable enough to drive at the one-week mark.
- Wearing a specially-designed post-operative bra for four weeks after breast enlargement surgery can encourage healing.
- Apply a special gel pack above the nipple line according to Dr. Louton’s specifications.
- Leave the incision tape in place on the surgical site and avoid getting the area wet.
- To prevent bacterial infection of your implant, it is highly recommended that you have prophylactic antibiotic treatment for any dental, endoscopic, sinus, or invasive procedures performed. Inform our physicians of any procedures requiring treatment.
- If a pain medication is prescribed for you, take the medication when needed every three to four hours for discomfort.
Monitor Your Progress
It is important that you stay focused on your progress and check to make sure you are healing at a normal rate. Notify Dr. Louton of any pain, fever, wound regression, or increasing soreness at the wound site. You will be asked to return to Dr. Louton’s office for a follow-up visit to check your healing progress.
All surgeries carry a slight risk of infection, so be on the lookout for any of the following signs and report any changes to Dr. Louton immediately:
- Worsening pain at the incision sites
- Incision sites that are hot to the touch or tender
- Unusual color changes
- High fever
- An unusual amount of draining around the wound
- Sutures that break open
- Red streaks in skin on or near the incision site
To learn more about our safety protocol and the post-operative care requirements for your breast surgery, please reach out to Blair Plastic Surgery today using our online contact form or calling us at (800) 833-3888. We serve patients in all of Central Pennsylvania, including DuBois, Altoona, Bedford, State College, Lewistown, and Johnstown, Pennsylvania.