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After Breast Surgery

The first few hours after surgery are spent in the recovery room. When the patient is fully alert, he/she will be able to go home with the assistance of a friend or family member. It is important to sleep with the head and back elevated to reduce the swelling in the chest. Two days after surgery, the patient may remove the bra and any dressings to take a shower. The bra and, if used, the compression band, should be put back on immediately after showering. There will be instructions given for suture care.

The discomfort after breast augmentation surgery is mild to moderate. The pain and discomfort is more noticeable if the patient has had the breast implants placed underneath the muscle. These patients will notice more tenderness and fullness around the chest region until the muscles stretch and adjust to the presence of the breast implants. This process takes a few days and the prescription muscle relaxant is very helpful for this.

Regardless of the location of the breast implants, patients may choose to take pain medication to increase comfort levels during the first day or two. However, prescription pain medications are rarely needed by the third day after surgery. Occasionally, patients with a lower pain threshold may take pain medication for up to five days.

The recovery period is approximately two weeks in length. Once the bruising and tenderness are gone, the patient can return to normal activities. It is strongly recommended that patients avoid lifting anything of significant weight for at least two weeks following surgery. Most patients can drive a car and return to work and social activities within a week. However, strenuous exercise should be avoided for three or four weeks following surgery, as it can increase swelling and discomfort.

During this early postoperative period, the patient is ideally seen three days after her surgery. At this visit, the patient will be instructed in breast massage techniques to soften and relax the breast implant pocket. Ultimately, conscientious practice of this massage regimen on a daily basis will serve to reduce the risk of encapsulation in the future. About seven days after surgery, the sutures are removed. Subsequent appointments will be scheduled at two weeks, six weeks and three months.

For any of these post-operative appointments, the patient can be seen at either Dr. Delgado’s San Francisco office or his Marin County office.

BREAST AUGMENTATION RESULTS

Breast augmentation is a way to enhance the appearance of the breasts and often improve overall figure and body proportions as well. This can serve to boost a woman’s self-esteem and confidence. It is Dr. Delgado’s consultation style to invest significant time and effort preoperatively with a patient. In this way, he acquires sensitivity to a patient’s expectations and hopes and works with her to devise the plan most likely to ensure she will be satisfied with her results. At the same time, he employs his expertise from years of study and practice with breast augmentation to assure that the result will be not only esthetically pleasing, but also appear very natural.

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