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Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips from a cosmetic Surgeon

Recovering from breast augmentation surgery can be made more comfortable with the right preparation. While most women start to feel more like themselves after the first-week post-surgery, the official recovery timeline is six weeks. Following the advice of your cosmetic surgeon can help to speed up your healing. Try these breast augmentation recovery tips to make your post-operative period more comfortable.

 

Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips For A Speedier Recovery

 

Get Some Help Around The House

The key to a successful recovery is getting enough rest and getting enough rest after your breast augmentation surgery is essential. Make sure you have done your grocery shopping before your surgery and your house is stocked up with nutritious food and ideally, ready-made meals. While you do need to eat nutritious meals and drink plenty of water, you also need to rest and sleep so if you can package any of your meals ahead of time, it’s a good idea to do it.

 

You will be told to avoid driving and heavy lifting for at least six weeks, so you may need to range for someone to help you around the house for the initial recovery period.

 

Get Lots Of Sleep

Sleep is the best medicine so get as much of it as you can in the days following your surgery. You will have to sleep on your back or your side while you recover. It’s also a good idea to keep your body as elevated as possible so stack a few pillows up to lean on while you heal.

 

Take Your Medication As Directed

The first three days after breast augmentation surgery are usually the most uncomfortable and any pain or discomfort you feel should start to improve after this.

breast augmentation recovery guide bondi junctionMake sure you take the pain medication that has been prescribed to help you with pain, swelling, and nausea.

Many women find they can switch to over-the-counter pain medication after the first few days but taking the prescribed medication on schedule can make the first few days much more tolerable.

 

Be Patient

While the worst of the swelling should improve in the first week, you may have some swelling present for months after your breast augmentation surgery. It could take a couple of months before your breasts’ final size, shape and position are evident. One of our biggest tips is to be patient and have faith in your body and the work of your surgeon.

 

Take A Break From Exercise

Most women can resume light physical exercise two to three weeks after breast augmentation surgery, but make sure you get the go-ahead from your cosmetic surgeon first. Initially, you won’t be able to do heavy lifting or vigorous cardio but you will be able to increase your exertion level as the weeks’ progress. One of our biggest tips is to relax and take the time to recover. Soon you will be able to get back to exercise and fitness.

 

Practice Wound Care

After your breast augmentation surgery, you will have surgical wounds to care for. Make sure you follow the advice of your cosmetic surgeon to avoid infection and encourage good healing. Wound dressings are usually kept on for the first week, whereafter you will visit your cosmetic surgeon to have them removed. At this appointment, you will be given instructions on how to care for your wounds.

 

Make Sure You Have The Right Support

Recovery bras offer you the best level of support when recovering from breast augmentation surgery so wear them all the time. Do not wear underwire bras for at least 12 weeks after your surgery. Wearing a recovery bra helps to reduce swelling and boost recovery. They improve circulation, make breast implants more stable, and provide mild compression to facilitate better lymph drainage

 

One of our best breast augmentation recovery tips is to consider investing in button-down shirts, which are more comfortable as you don’t have to pull them over your head to wear them.

 

Contact Your cosmetic Surgeon Immediately If You Have Concerns

Being informed is an important part of your recovery. You need to understand which warning signs to watch out for so you know when to contact your surgeon. Any sign of infection or bleeding under the skin should be reported to your surgeon immediately. If you develop a fever or nausea, you should also notify your surgeon as soon as possible.

 

Eat Nutritious Food And Stay Hydrated

While you probably won’t have much of an appetite on the day of your surgery, it’s important to eat nutritious food to fuel your recovery. Make sure you eat small, frequent meals that are nutrient-dense to support your recovery. This is important when you are taking pain medication, as it shouldn’t be taken on an empty stomach. 

 

Include fibre-rich foods in your diet, as constipation often follows surgical procedures. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as these can contribute to swelling, but make sure you drink plenty of water.

 

Breast augmentation is a major surgical procedure but working with an experienced and well-qualified surgeon and doing the relevant preparation is key to a successful outcome. For more breast augmentation recovery tips please call us: (02) 8599 7161.

 

REFERENCES

 

Four tips for a healthy recovery after a breast augmentation

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/four-tips-for-a-healthy-recovery-after-a-breast-augmentation

 

Breast augmentation recovery – what you need to know

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/breast-augmentation-recovery-what-you-need-to-know

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What Types of Breast Augmentation Are Available?

In Australia, there are two types of breast augmentation surgery that are most commonly performed: saline implants and silicone breast implants. However there are a few different ways that the implants can be placed, and this approach is best determined by your cosmetic surgeon and based on your lifestyle needs and individual risk factors. Let’s take a look at the types of breast augmentation that may be performed and how they might suit you.

 

Understanding Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation surgery is a surgical procedure performed to increase the size of the breasts, using breast implants. Breast augmentation could be the procedure for you if you would like to

  • Increase the size or proportion of small breasts
  • Make asymmetrical breasts even
  • Reconstruct your breast after an injury or mastectomy
  • Restore volume to your breasts after weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding

 

If you have excess skin on your breasts, usually as a result of weight loss, breastfeeding or pregnancy, and you want to position them higher, a breast lift can be performed to remove the extra skin.

 

Understanding How Breast Implants Work In Augmentation Surgery

 

Saline Breast Implants

Saline implants are filled with saltwater. While they do not feel as natural as silicone implants, in the event that they do rupture or leak, the saline solution will be reabsorbed by your body.

 

Silicone Breast Implants 

Silicone implants are constructed from silicone gel. In the event of a leak, the silicone content could stay inside the implant shell or leak out. It is advisable to have silicone implants checked by your cosmetic surgeon regularly, to ensure they are intact. Silicone implants resemble breast tissue more closely.

breast augmentation types bondi junctionWhen you work with an experienced and skilled cosmetic surgeon, he or she will look at your frame and body proportions to find the breast implant size that best suits you.

There are practical implications associated with large breast implants, and they may not work for you. Your surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of different cup sizes with you prior to your procedure.

 

Positioning Breast Implants

There are a number of different ways to place breast implants and the different types of breast augmentation should be discussed with your surgeon beforehand, to determine the best solution for you.

 

Submammary or sub-glandular

With this placement, the implant is positioned between the pectoral muscles and breast tissue. This placement is favoured because it results in perkier breasts and a fuller bust. It can also facilitate a speedier recovery.

 

Inframammary

This means that incisions will be made along the natural creases of your breast tissue and any scars are well hidden. The inframammary placement allows your cosmetic surgeon to place the implants with greater precision and is a popular choice among patients.

 

Submuscular

With a submuscular procedure, the implants are placed beneath your pectoral muscles. This placement allows us to use bigger or more voluminous implants, however, the recovery period is often longer.

 

Transaxillary

A transaxillary breast augmentation is carried out when patients are prone to bad scarring. It allows your surgeon to make an incision in your underarm area so that the skin on your breasts is not scarred. It is often adopted for patients who choose teardrop breast implants

 

Periareolar

During a periareolar procedure, the incision is made on the areola and produces less scarring. While this is a favourable outcome for most patients, it can lead to decreased sensitivity in the nipples afterwards. It is a good approach for patients who want to change the size or shape of their nipples at the same time as having a breast augmentation.

 

Is A Breast Augmentation The Right Procedure For You?

Breast augmentation could be appropriate if you

  • Understand the procedure and have realistic expectations of what it can achieve
  • Have fully developed breasts
  • The size of your breasts bothers you
  • Want to make your breasts more symmetrical
  • Have lost volume in your breasts as a result of breastfeeding, pregnancy or weight loss
  • Are in good physical health
  • Are a non-smoker
  • Have thought about the procedure, its pros and cons and discussed it at length with your cosmetic surgeon.

 

A breast augmentation may not be suitable for you if

  • You have a condition that causes excessive bleeding or bruising
  • You are allergic to anaesthetic
  • You have an unmanaged or chronic illness

 

Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss your surgery risks and take your full medical history before proceeding. It is important to tell your surgeon about any drugs or chronic medication you are using.

 

It’s worth understanding that implants do not last forever and will need to be removed or replaced when they reach the end of their lifespan. For most patients, this is between 10 and 20 years. Some of the events that indicate your implants have reached the end of their lifespan include

  • A ruptured implant
  • Hardening of the breast tissue around the implant
  • A change in the position of the implant
  • Visible rippling on your breast tissue

 

Regular checkups can give you peace of mind that your implants are in good working condition.

 

To find out more about the types of breast augmentation that could suit your needs please contact us for a convenient appointment: (02) 8599 7161.

 

REFERENCES

Breast Augmentation (Implants)

https://plasticsurgery.org.au/procedures/surgical-procedures/breast-augmentation-implants/

 

Breast Augmentation

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/11024-breast-augmentation#:~:text=There%20are%20two%20main%20types,breasts%20to%20look%20and%20feel.

 

What types of breast implants are available?

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/breast-augmentation/implants

 

Breast augmentation surgery (breast implants)

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/breast-augmentation/implants

 

Will your breast implants last a lifetime?

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/will-your-breast-implants-last-a-lifetime

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Breast Augmentation Recovery: Heal Faster with These Tips

Having breast augmentation surgery requires a great deal of pre-and post-operative planning in order to recover properly. By keeping yourself as healthy as possible before the procedure and following your surgeon’s breast augmentation recovery tips you can heal up your recovery time. Let’s take a look at the breast augmentation recovery timeline and what you might expect after getting breast implants.

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase or enhance the size of your breasts using breast implants. It is performed under general anaesthetic. On average you can expect a six to eight-week recovery timeline.

 

Breast Augmentation Recovery Timeline 

24-Hours After The Surgery

Once the anaesthetic has worn off you will experience pain in your chest, nausea, tiredness and sensitivity in your breasts. There will also be swelling and bruising that will improve over time. You must arrange for someone else to drive you home afterwards.

The first 24-hours after having your breast implants are the most uncomfortable period, but you will be given pain medication and muscle relaxants to help you through it. Once your muscles have stretched, you should not feel pain anymore. Your surgeon will instruct you on how to care for your incision sites. It’s likely that your breasts will be taped to your chest

Five To Seven Days After The Procedure

During the first week, it is normal to experience discomfort and pain but it should be easy to relieve with medication and should be less intense as time passes.

breast augmentation after care and recovery bondi junctionYou will be advised to avoid heavy lifting or postures that require you to lift your arms above your head.

Shirts that button down the front is much easier to put on and take off, and don’t require you to lift your arms above your head.

By this time, your breast implants will start settling into their new positions. If your surgeon has shown you how to massage them, you should continue to do this throughout the week.

This will improve swelling and help you to relax your chest muscles.

Three To Four Weeks Later

By the third and fourth week following your breast implants, you should feel very little discomfort and pain however it’s possible you may still have some bruising.

At this stage, you may be able to resume light exercise. It’s a good idea to wear a surgical bra, to give you extra support. They have clasps on the front of the bra, which makes them easier to remove.

Four To Six Weeks Later

By this point, most patients have achieved full recovery and can return to their daily activities.  You will probably visit your cosmetic surgeon for a follow-up appointment around this point. Most patients have healed six weeks after surgery. 

Recovery After Breast Augmentation: Tips For Faster Healing

By following these breast augmentation tips, you may be able to facilitate a faster recovery

Make sure you wear a recovery bra

Recovery bras are easy to put on and take off and provide additional support that helps with a speedier delivery. Wear one for as long as possible.

Take your pain medication as required

Your medication can make recovery a more bearable process so take it as needed. The pain and discomfort should improve as you get used to your breast implants, but the medication can make the healing process much easier on you.

Take it easy on exercise for a few weeks

It’s advisable to avoid vigorous activities that cause your blood pressure to spike during your recovery. Your cosmetic surgeon will let you know when you can resume exercise.

Take good care of your incision sites

Before you leave the surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will explain how to look after your incision sites. Make sure you follow the advice and apply the ointment or bandage to your breasts as directed.

Make sure your home is ready for your arrival

Get your home ready ahead of time by ensuring you have a comfortable spot to recover in. get some help around the house to keep it clean and have home-cooked meals every day. If possible, make a few home-cooked meals and freeze them. Eating a healthy diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals can make recovery go faster.

Do not smoke

Smoking interferes with your body’s ability to heal and can slow the process down. It can also make you more susceptible to infection. It’s advisable to quit at least a few weeks before your surgery, and you definitely should not smoke during your recovery period.

What To Look Out For After Breast Implants

If your breasts look red, feel warm to the touch and you have a fever you must notify your cosmetic surgeon as this could be a sign of an infection that needs treatment.

Any worsening pain or swelling should also be discussed with your surgeon.

Make sure you keep all your follow up appointments during recovery after breast augmentation so your surgeon can ensure you are reaching your recovery goals. 

To find out more about how to speed up your breast augmentation recovery it’s best to speak to a professional. Please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 8599 7161.

 

REFERENCES

What’s It Like to Recover from Breast Augmentation Surgery?

https://www.healthline.com/health/breast-augmentation-recovery

How long is the recovery for breast augmentation?

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/how-long-is-the-recovery-for-a-breast-augmentation#:~:text=Breast%20augmentation%20recovery&text=On%20average%2C%20a%20full%20recovery,yourself%20during%20this%20sensitive%20time.

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Mummy makeovers aren’t purely cosmetic as most women view them as corrective procedures. They aren’t trying to look better than they’ve ever looked before, they just want to go back to how they looked before pregnancy, restoring their bodies to what they had.  For example breast reduction, breast lifts and breast augmentations are popular choices for new mums.  The degree of change women experience in their breast tissue can depend on whether they have breastfed, and the duration of their breastfeeding. The longer a woman has chosen to breastfeed, the more dramatic the changes in the appearance of her breasts. For women who have experienced descending breast tissue and some volume loss, a breast lift may be combined with a breast augmentation. If there are no changes in volume, a breast lift may be sufficient.

 

Another area most affected by pregnancy is the abdominal area. As the uterus expands during pregnancy, pressure is placed on the abdominal wall causes both the muscles and skin to expand resulting in laxity. These excess folds of skin can be unresponsive to diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty or a ‘tummy tuck’ allows the doctor to completely remodel the patients’ core and waistline through repair of the muscle separation and the removal of excess skin and fat. This procedure can also be combined with liposuction to achieve optimal results.

 

Liposuction is also popular for new mums in common problem areas that become more prominent post-pregnancy such as love handles, inner and outer thighs.

 

 

 

 

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Breast Augmentation

It is a serious decision to undergo any surgical procedure, however, with lots of information and the correct surgeon the results can be life changing. One of the most popular procedures for women of all ages is breast augmentation. Many factors such as pregnancy, weight changes, age and appearance may cause women to become dissatisfied with their breasts and in these cases breast augmentation may be appropriate. With enhancements in technology and many options available, gone are the days of hard and over the top looking fake breasts. Many women desire fuller, more symmetrical or shapely breasts; this can be easily achieved with a breast augmentation.

At Refine Clinic we offer the German brand of Polytech implants. The density of their shell and non-liquid silicone gel make the shape and feel of the implants very natural. The non-liquid gel used inside the implant makes them a safer and longer lasting option, compared to what used to be on the market years ago.  Although very rare, if the implant were to rupture there is no risk of fluid leakage into the body and the implant would maintain its shape and appearance until it can be removed. The exterior of the implant is somewhat textured by the covering of P-URE foam and is often known as the “furry” implant. This P-URE foam outer shell is known to radically reduce the risk of capsular contracture due to the idea that the foam becomes somewhat combined into the natural capsule created by the body. This environment prevents the hardening and tightening of scar tissue around the implant which can occur when the body recognises the implant as a foreign object. P-URE foam implants are also known to reduce the risk of implant displacement and rotation by creating a velcro like effect, which better supports and stabilises the implant

During your consultation the surgeon will explain the treatment in full and provide options of size, shape and surgical dates which will best suit you. The surgeon will discuss the options for placement of the implant, whether under or over the muscle. Most commonly the incision will be made under the breast, making the scar almost completely invisible.

The results after surgery are instant and recovery time may be up to 6 weeks. The pain level is mild and manageable with small doses of medication prescribed to you by your surgeon.

If you are interested in finding out more about breast augmentations we offer complimentary consultations with our practice manager Manuela- please call 8599 7161 to book.

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