What to consider after breast surgery
No surgery should be underestimated, even breast surgery is not a walk in the park. Proper aftercare determines the healing process and the result after breast surgery. Accordingly, much value is the aftercare and the time after surgery.
After surgery, when the patient is awake, the attending physician comes for the first follow-up. The freshly operated breast is cooled by machine immediately after the operation. This not only reduces postoperative pain, but also swelling and possible bleeding. On the day after the operation, the doctor removes the drains and changes the dressing. He then puts a special bra on the patient. Then she can leave the clinic.
Pain management after surgery
In the first days and weeks following surgery, the breast is still swollen. Small bruises are visible. Both of these will disappear on their own over time. The bruising takes a few weeks to subside. The swelling will not go down for about two months.
Swelling and mild pain are normal, especially in the first few days. It is recommended that the breast be cooled for a few more days at home. For the first few days, the patient is given mild pain medication in the form of antibiotics. Homeopathically, pineapple extract or arnica may help to promote breast decongestion. How long the swelling and pain last varies from patient to patient.
The support bra
The support bra is probably the most important utensil in the period after surgery. Be patient! The final result is clearly visible only after six months. The support bra is a tight-fitting, specially fitted bra. This Bra you wear for about eight weeks – day and night. It supports the operated bust and acts like a compress.
The bra keeps the breast area calm and stable. The implant can grow optimally. Do not put too much weight on the breast after the operation. The bra also prevents and reduces swelling and bleeding. During the first eight weeks, the bra is only taken off for daily personal hygiene.
Restrictions on movements and activities and positioning
After breast surgery is a recovery period of at least two weeks is recommended. Patients should not go to work during this period. After that, you can start with light activities – as usual. Heavy lifting and exertion are allowed again after three weeks at the earliest. Driving is not recommended for seven to 14 days.
People who like to sleep on their side or stomach will have to adjust – at least for the first few weeks after surgery. They should only sleep on their backs to avoid harming the newly operated breast. Showering is possible after the first seven days, once the stitches have been removed. You should refrain from sun exposure, the sauna, hot baths and the solarium for the time being. The same applies to sports during the first six to eight weeks after the operation.
Care, diet, behavior after breast surgery
After surgery, such as breast reduction, anticoagulant medications cannot be taken until revoked by the attending physician. The reason is that they may delay healing. Medications may only be administered after consultation with the physician.
Dr. Bernard already informs her patients in detail about such conditions during the preliminary consultation. This includes abstaining from alcohol and cigarettes for the first 30 days after surgery. This can slow down the healing process.
Scar care is also very important. It should be started as soon as the stitches from the surgery have been removed. The scars should then not only be cleaned every day, but also creamed. For this purpose it is sufficient to use Bepanthen or Vaseline. If you wish, you can also purchase special scar creams at the pharmacy or in the doctor’s office. In our article on scar care you will find more information on how to properly care for your scars after breast surgery.
Most marks after breast surgery heal after six to eight weeks. After the first week, you will go to the first follow-up visit. This is where the dressing change takes place. Always keep the follow-up appointments. The behavior and options after breast surgery depend on you and the procedure. It is important that you follow the doctor’s advice. If aftercare is taken seriously, the success of the treatment will not be jeopardized.