Good, sensible after care is very important for an uncomplicated recovery and a good outcome following surgery. Please adhere to your surgeon’s advice. 

Length of hospital stay – Usually 1 night after surgery.

Length of time off work – 2 weeks. Thereafter a gradual return to full activity is recommended.

Driving – You should avoid driving for 2 weeks after surgery.

Follow up in Clinic – At one week and 2 weeks and as needed thereafter until all the wounds are healed. You will then be seen at 3 months after surgery.

What to do and expect after surgery

A certain amount of pain or discomfort is normal after surgery. Your surgeon and anaesthetist will do everything possible to minimise the pain in the early post-operative period.

By taking regular analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs the discomfort you experience should be manageable. If any medication disagrees with you then stop taking it and seek medical advice. Over the next few days this should subside and once you do not feel any pain you should gradually reduce and stop taking the analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Remember that severe, unremitting pain that is not responding to the analgesics that you have been prescribed may be a sign that there is a problem and you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.

Getting up and moving around

Early mobilisation is important to avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Initially you may need help to get out of bed the next day to go to the bathroom and walk around the room. The chest will feel quite tight in the first week and as the swelling decreases it will feel easier.

You should gradually increase your activities over the next two weeks. Too much movement too early may result in delay in wound healing, bleeding around the implants and a build-up of seroma fluid.

Showers and baths

The water proof dressings over the wounds should allow you to shower. If the dressings do get soaked through then it is important to take them off, allow the wounds to dry and then put fresh ones on. Alternatively you can have shallow baths keeping the wounds dry. After two weeks the wounds are usually well healed and you can then get them wet.

Wearing the sports bra

Sports bra provides firm support to the breast and the underlying implants during the healing period. It also prevents the wounds from being irritated while they heal. This should be worn day and night for at least 6 weeks from the time of surgery, taking off only for shower or bath. Thereafter you can return to wearing normal underwired bras.

Exercise and heavy lifting

Exercises, heavy lifting and other similar vigorous activities that should be avoided for a period of 6 weeks. Thereafter you should gradually return to normal activities but you should always “listen to your body” - some people may need a bit more time to recover fully. If it feels good then you can continue but be prepared to slow down if your body is telling you it is not quite ready to do certain activities such as heavy lifting.