The desire to look our best and appeal to ourselves and others has been a human trait since the beginning of time. And, there is no procedure more at the center of this desire than breast surgery. Furthermore, breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures of all time.
The decision-making process to undergo this procedure is under discussion in previous blogs. It is sufficient to say there are certain conditions for breast augmentation. And, these are either genetic or following multiple pregnancies that create a desire in a woman to improve the appearance of her breasts.
Once the decision is made and the procedure is complete, post-operative instructions are essential. Post-operative instructions are put in place to reduce the chance of complications. And, to produce the best long-term results. Excessive arm motions after surgery can cause bleeding in the breast pocket area. This can require additional surgery to repair.
- No heavy lifting for eight weeks is shown to be beneficial. Cardiovascular exercise without excessive arm motion is acceptable. Furthermore, once the eight weeks are over then any weightlifting or weight training may begin.
- Therefore, in the immediate post-op period, it’s important to keep arms at the sides and be cautious with flossing, and brushing of teeth and hair.
- After surgery, a special bra is put on to support the operative site. And, it provides some degree of compression.
- No underwires for a year or more will be beneficial. The underwires can wear into the implant and possibly cause problems.
- Minimizing sun exposure with sunblock or coverage would be preferable.
- Moving the implants with post-procedure massage will aid in maintaining the surgical requirements. Also, the relationship between the surgical pocket and the implant.
The pocket is made and should be 15 to 20% larger than the base diameter of the implant. This is for the breast to achieve its maximum appearance and feel. Again, breast augmentation with implants can be a very rewarding and satisfying procedure improving quality of life and creating happy more confident patients.