You may have been told that after your breast augmentation surgery, you need to take care of yourself to make sure the procedure is successful and heals properly. That's true, but it's not that hard!
So, after you have had your surgery for breast augmentation in London, or anywhere else, here are some simple things you can do to protect your new breasts:
It is important to protect your new breast implants
• Wear your bra for at least 24 hours daily for the first two weeks after surgery. After that, only sleep in it if you have an active lifestyle or work where movement is restricted.
• Avoid activities that could dislodge the implant or cause trauma such as contact sports and heavy lifting (over 5 pounds). This includes heavy pushing and pulling on doors, furniture, or anything else too heavy for you to lift without help from another person. You should also avoid high-impact activities such as running and jumping until instructed otherwise.
Your doctor will tell you how long you can wear a bra, and what kind of bra to use
Your doctor may recommend that you wear an underwire bra at all times after surgery. This helps support your breasts as they heal, but it also keeps them from shifting around too much when they're not supported by sutures or tape.
If your surgeon has advised against using an underwire, then opt for a soft cup or sports bra instead. These styles are comfortable and supportive without the risk of digging into sensitive tissue underneath the incision line. You'll want to change this type of garment regularly, at least once every day, to prevent any irritation from occurring underneath.
Some things should be avoided
• Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least six weeks after surgery.
• Avoid strenuous exercise for at least six weeks after surgery, including weight lifting, aerobic activity, and sports (e.g., tennis).
And when you are not sure whether or not to wear your bandage, ask your doctor.
Avoid heavy lifting for 3 months after surgery. Avoid heavy pulling or digging into your chest with fingernails, jewellery, etc. Keep the area clean by washing with mild soap and warm water twice daily while showering; pat dry, and never rub or scrub yourself dry.
Avoid wearing tight clothing such as bras that bind your breasts tightly together because this could cause indentations in the breast tissue (called "bottoming out") over time.
You should also avoid smoking because it reduces blood flow to the skin and can cause damage to the breast tissue. Smoking also reduces the oxygen supply to the skin, which means that wounds heal more slowly than they would otherwise have done if you had not smoked before your augmentation procedure. If you smoke, try to stop as soon as possible after surgery because this will help speed up healing and reduce scarring.
You know everything you need to know about how long it will take before you can return to work and how much activity is too much. You should also be aware of what not to do after breast augmentation surgery so that your recovery time goes smoothly without any problems arising from neglecting this advice. Similarly, you should be aware of what to do and what not to do if you are having any type of surgery, e.g. laser eye surgery in Switzerland, or elsewhere.