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If you are considering breast implant surgery, then you may have concerns about the recovery process. Breast augmentation is an invasive procedure, and as such requires following aftercare instructions for the fastest and most straightforward recovery possible. Failure to adhere to these guidelines can put you at risk of delayed healing or complications, which could compromise the result of their surgery.


Side Effects of Breast Implant Surgery

After your breast implant surgery, it is very common to experience swelling and bruising in your chest area for some weeks. This is often accompanied by temporary pain and a tight feeling as your skin stretches to accommodate your new implants.


Pain Management After Breast Implant Surgery

You will probably be in some discomfort for at least a few days after your surgery. This is completely normal and can usually be alleviated using over the counter pain medications.

If you are in severe pain, or your pain lasts longer than a week, then you should seek the advice of your surgeon who can check that you aren’t experiencing complications as a result of your implant surgery.


Time Off work After Breast Implant Surgery

If you are having breast implant surgery then you need to be prepared to take off from work during your recovery period. Most surgeons recommend a minimum of a week, but many patients find that returning to work too quickly can cause problem. So if you can, give yourself at least ten to twelve days before you head back to into work, longer if you have a physically demanding job.


Avoid Heavy Lifting

If you have a job that involves heavy lifting or strenuous exercise, then you may need to take off from work for at least a month. This is because these activities will put added strain on your scars and your implants, which while rare, could still cause your implants to move.


You will also have to avoid exercise classes, running and other physical activity for a while. Ask Dr. Lesavoy for specific advice during your consultation appointment.


Adequate Post-surgery Support

Your surgeon will almost certainly recommend that you wear a sports or surgical bra as much as possible after your surgery, with some suggesting that they are worn round the clock for at least two to three months. Sports and post-surgery bras help to support your new breasts so that they are comfortable, and do not rub on the scar and cause irritation or complications.


Driving After Breast Implants

You shouldn’t drive for at least a week after your breast implant surgery. This will ensure that the majority of healing has taken place before you get back behind the wheel, and the seatbelt does not pull on your scar.


Scarring After Breast Implant Surgery

Scarring under the breast is a normal part of breast implant surgery, and your surgeon will try and ensure that your scars are discrete and non-visible. They will look red and angry after your procedure, and this may persist for several months. However, over time and with adequate moisturising once fully healed, many patients find that their scars fade dramatically and become almost imperceptible.


Possible Risks After Breast Implant Surgery

Although rare, it is important to understand the risks and potential complications of having breast implant surgery. These include:

  • Infection

  • An allergic reaction to the anesthetic

  • Excessive bleeding

  • Creases or folds in the implant

  • Nerve problems around the nipples


While there are some inherent risks associated with breast implant surgery, they mostly occur with inexperienced cosmetic surgeons. Dr. Lesavoy is a skilled plastic surgeon with ample experience performing breast implant, augmentation, and breast reduction surgery.


The process of recovering from breast implant surgery can vary from patient to patient. You can expect your predicted recovery to be discussed in some detail at your consultation appointment. Call Dr. Lesavoy's Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery office today to learn more at 310-248-5451.

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