Rapid Recovery

Cosmetic Surgical Arts & Rejuvenation of Oklahoma City
Instructions for a Rapid Recovery

Preparation for your Breast Augmentation surgery:

  • Organize your affairs and schedule so that you can completely relax and rest after surgery.
  • Prepare a small recovery pack to bring to the clinic containing important items, so that you do not have to worry about these after your surgery. This pack might include a water bottle, simple dry snacks, ID (e.g., driver’s license), some cash and a credit card, for example.
  • Prepare loose clothing to wear to the clinic and/or to change into after surgery. It is preferable that you bring something that buttons or zips in the front, so you do not have to raise your arms up to put it on. You will need to bring a bra to wear after your surgery.
  • Make sure you arrange for someone to bring you to the clinic and to collect you after the surgery – you will not be allowed to leave by yourself.
  • Make sure you have someone who can spend the first 24 hours after the surgery with you, to ensure your safety – you must not be left alone.

Recovery Preparation

How to Prepare for Your Recovery

Whether you go home or stay in a local hotel after surgery, you must ensure that a capable adult can stay with you for the first 24 hours. You cannot be left alone during the first night after your surgery, and more importantly, you should not be walking without assistance during the first 24 hours. During this time, you may be prone to fainting, falling, and hurting yourself. In the event that you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, you must also wake up your companion. You are not allowed to go to the bathroom by yourself during the first night after your surgery. 

What to Expect After Your Surgery
  • After your Breast Augmentation surgery is complete, the anesthetist will wake you up from your induced sleep.  You may feel a little tired and groggy at this point. Most women do not remember the first 10 – 15 minutes after they wake up.
  • As a result of the surgery, you will experience some discomfort, swelling of your breasts, and bruising. To minimize this discomfort, protect your wounds, and hold the breasts implants firmly in place during initial healing. You will have supporting bandages wrapped around your chest and will be wearing your surgical bra.
  • Post Breast Augmentation SurgeryIt is normal to have spots of blood on your bandages; this doesn’t mean you are bleeding. We will examine you when you come see us the following morning, and if necessary we will change your dressings and bandages. You will also have a compression band applied over the top of your implants and/or under the breast fold. 
  • You will need to have pre-arranged transport to return to the clinic the next day (you will not be allowed to drive yourself). 
Immediate Post-Operative Care
  • Rest and sleep the day of surgery.
  • There are no food restrictions, but the patient must be able to sit upright and be alert prior to eating.
  • Absolutely, no sexual activity or strenuous activity of any kind!
  • Return to the clinic the morning after your surgery.   
Normal Side Effects
  • Some pain and discomfort in the breast area
  • Swelling of the breasts
  • Bruising around the breast and chest area
  • Small spots of blood on the dressings/bandage
  • Nausea, feeling sick
  • Constipation can occur if too many painkillers are taken

Will I Have Pain?
The intensity of the pain will depend largely on the surgical technique that is used. Going under the chest muscle (sub-pectoral or sub-muscular) tends to be more uncomfortable than going over the muscle (sub-mammary or sub-glandular). Each person also has a different pain threshold. Most women have minimal discomfort, which should be relieved by the pain medication prescribed.  Irrespective of how little discomfort you might feel, however, you must still follow all our post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing and best results. 

Severe Side Effects

If any of the following occur, please contact the clinic immediately on (405) 607-1333: 

  • Severe pain that does not respond to pain medications
  • Bleeding soaks through the bandages and does not seem to be stopping
  • One or both breasts seem to be significantly swollen after the surgery
  • Feeling short of breath, having difficulty catching your breath, or pain deep inside your chest  Severe headache 

A nurse will speak to you over the phone to determine if you need to be seen urgently or not. If you are unable to contact the clinic, or if it is after regular business hours, please go to your nearest hospital to have a physician examine you. 

Restrictions After Your Surgery

 

Do not:

  • Lift, push or pull for a minimum of a week. (After 1 week, full range of motion with your arms is permissible, but lifting is restricted to 5 pounds or less for a period of 2 weeks). After this, you must clear any further lifting or exercise with Dr. Cohn.
  • Sleep on your stomach or sides for 6 weeks (you must sleep on your back).
  • Run, jump or perform any other vigorous physical activity that will make your breasts bounce and potentially break open your wounds, or dislodge your implants.
  • Try to look at your scars by pulling up on your breasts (to see the breast fold and areola scars).
  • Lift arms above shoulders!
  • Get your wounds wet for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Take a Bath for 2 weeks; after the first 24 hours, you can shower, but make sure to thoroughly dry your wounds (you should use a hairdryer on a low setting to completely dry the wounds and the dressings).
  • Remove your surgical bra and compression band(s) until Dr. Cohn has advised you to do so (with the exception of when you are washing).
  • Wear an underwire bra (or push-up bra) for at least 6 weeks after surgery (that is, until your wounds have properly healed and your breast implants have settled), or as advised by Dr. Cohn (further advice on bra support is given here).
Follow-Up Visits

After your surgery, you will have scheduled follow-up visits at the Cosmetic Surgical Arts office to allow us to monitor your progress and healing. Follow-up visits are very important and we ask that you do not miss them. They allow us to ensure that your breast scars heal beautifully, that the breast implants settle in as expected, and that ultimately, you are left with the perfect breast enlargement.

At this time, we will again provide you with instructions on the massage techniques, and exercise guidelines, that you should be performing to help your implants to settle down and to obtain and maintain a naturally soft breast.

Dr. Cohn will see you again once your wounds have healed to monitor the progress of your implants as they settle in.

Please note:   After your procedure, if any upper body exercise is done incorrectly, this can result in a displacement of your sub-muscular implants to your axilla or to the side.