Most patients experience discomfort, pain or soreness within the first week after breast augmentation, breast reduction, or breast lift surgery. At PERK Plastic Surgery, we strive for a seamless and stress-free process–from the initial consultation and continued throughout the post-op care period. Our clients are seen regularly for post-surgery appointments to ensure optimal healing and keep the care in our hands, rather than the patients’. Each client will receive their own set of clear instructions to follow, covering the following information:
Your breasts will feel swollen, tight and bruised
Sensations such as numbness, sharpness, and burning are expected and will gradually decrease over time
Significant breast surgery discomfort is expected to subside within 1-2 weeks post-op. You should take your pain prescription as instructed and as you feel more comfortable, your need for medication will diminish.
It is important to take it easy after breast surgery, allowing your body time to recuperate and heal. Most patients are cleared of all restrictions at 4 weeks post-surgery.
You can typically shower 24 hours post-surgery, however many patients will wait a few days or until they are seen in the office by Dr. Lee. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
It is not necessary nor helpful to apply anything to the incisions while the Dermabond glue is still in place. Once all incisions have healed, we will guide you on how to optimize and improve the scar’s appearance–including PERKPotions medical grade scar gel, microneedling, PRP, or more.
You will be seen in the office within one week of your surgery. If any concerns arise, we’ll ask that you come in sooner. We will continue to meet regularly throughout the year following your operation.
You should wear the surgical bra provided or a soft, comfy (no-underwire) sports bra that zips in the front, night and day for at least 3 weeks–removing it only for bathing or changing.
All bra companies vary in sizing so it is difficult to judge what exact cup size you will be after breast surgery. You may find that a different size is needed as the swelling resolves and/or as implants settle, so we recommend waiting six months before purchasing a new “bra wardrobe.”
It is required that a responsible adult drives you home and cares for you during the first 24 hours post-surgery. Once you are no longer taking prescription pain meds and you can safely move your arms, you may drive yourself–typically 4-7 days after surgery. Do not drive when taking pain medication other than Tylenol.
Depending on the nature of your job and required physical activity, you should be able to get back to work as soon as you are comfortable. While it can be helpful to give yourself 1-2 weeks away, many patients return to desk work within the week after surgery. Strenuous activity and heavy lifting are not permitted until 4 weeks post-op.
A light diet is best for the day of surgery. Begin by taking liquids slowly and progress to soups or jello from there. You may return to a regular diet the following day. We encourage a high protein, low-salt diet.
Do not drink alcohol while taking narcotic pain medication after your surgery. It is best to wait 1-2 weeks post-surgery.
This refers to blood collecting in the surgical area. This is most likely to occur within a few days of surgery. Warning signs include:
Infection is rare following facial surgery. It is normal to have minimal drainage from your incisions for 1-2 days.
Signs of infection can include the following:
Swollen legs, with or without associated pain, may indicate a problem with the circulation in your legs. Contact the office immediately if you experience significant swelling (either one or both legs) or pain in the legs.
Mild, painless and even (uniform) swelling is considered normal, such as:
Experiencing trouble breathing after surgery is rare but can indicate a severe complication. If you develop any chest and/or back pain, or feel short of breath, you must contact the office or be seen in the nearest emergency medical facility without delay.
Stop taking your medication and contact the office if the following occurs: