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11 weeks post op breast augmentation

I’ve always been a big fan of the look of breasts, but when I was younger they were just too small for me. When I got older, my breasts started to sag and it made me feel self-conscious. After doing some research online and talking with friends who had had the procedure done, I decided it was time for me to do something about it.

I checked online and found out all about their process for getting breast implants. It seemed like an easy process that would be worth trying out! The next step was letting my insurance company know about my decision. They were happy to help me get approved for the surgery and make sure everything went smoothly before and after the procedure. In this guide, we review the aspects of 11 weeks post op breast augmentation, 5 weeks post op breast augmentation what to expect, how to speed up breast augmentation recovery, and how long do incisions hurt after breast augmentation.

After meeting with Dr. several times prior to surgery day, he made sure that everything would go well during the operation while also explaining what he was doing throughout the process so that there wouldn’t be any surprises afterward! He made sure everything went smoothly on surgery day itself by making sure there were no hiccups along the way that might cause problems later on down

11 weeks post op breast augmentation

The following is a list of normal post-surgical experiences and key health considerations that may be a cause of concern.

TYPICAL POST-OPERATIVE SYMPTOMS

Typical symptoms of breast surgery; and signs to watch for following breast augmentation surgery include the following:

Tightness in the chest region and stiffness; Tingling, burning or intermittent shooting pain:

These are normal experiences as the skin, tissues and sensory nerves heal. Pain medication and muscle relaxants will help you cope with any discomfort. If you have drains, you may experience additional localized discomfort. Consistent sharp pain should be reported to our office immediately.

Hypersensitivity of nipples, or lack of sensitivity:

This is normal and will gradually resolve over time. You may also experience a small amount of fluid or milk seeping through the nipples. If this becomes painful or excessive, notify our office immediately.

A feeling of heaviness:

It is normal for your chest to feel heavy as you adjust to your implants. This will subside within 2-4 weeks following surgery.

Shiny skin or any itchy feeling:

Swelling can cause the breast’s skin to appear shiny. As the healing process advances, you may also find a mild to severe itchy feeling of the breasts. An antihistamine like Benadryl can help to alleviate severe, constant itchiness. If the skin becomes red and hot to the touch, contact our office immediately.

Asymmetry, the breasts look different, or heal differently:

Breasts may look or feel quite different from one another in the days following surgery. This is normal; no two breasts are perfectly symmetrical in nature or following surgery.

A sloshing sound or sensation:

This is not the result of your implant, but rather of air that is trapped in the implant pocket and fluid that may naturally accumulate. This is perfectly normal and will resolve within 2-4 weeks.

TO ALLEVIATE ANY DISCOMFORT, AND TO REDUCE SWELLING, YOU MAY APPLY COOL, NOT COLD COMPRESSES TO THE TREATED REGION

Crushed ice or ice packs must be wrapped in a towel before being applied to the skin. Do not apply ice or anything frozen directly to the skin. Apply cool compresses, for no longer than 20-minute intervals. Be careful not to fall asleep with the cool compresses.

You will only be released to the care of a responsible adult. All of these instructions must be clear to the adult who will monitor your health and support you, around the clock in the first 24 hours after your plastic surgery.

NO SMOKING OR ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

This is very important. Smoking, vaping, or other forms of nicotine consumption will disrupt wound healing. Do not consume any nicotine or alcohol for at least 3 weeks after surgery.

DRESSINGS:

  • DO NOT TOUCH YOUR INCISIONS. IN PARTICULAR, DO NOT REMOVE THE STERI-STRIPS OR SURGICAL TAPE THAT WE PUT OVER YOUR STITCHES. YOUR INCISIONS MAY SEEP FLUID AND SOME BLOOD FOR A SHORT TIME AFTER SURGERY, BUT THIS IS NORMAL.
  • WEAR YOUR BRA AROUND THE CLOCK. YOU MAY TAKE OFF THE SURGICAL BRA 48 HOURS AFTER SURGERY IN ORDER TO SHOWER, BUT CONTINUE WEARING ONE AFTERWARDS UNTIL WE TELL YOU TO STOP. AFTER 1 WEEK, YOU MAY SLEEP WITHOUT THE BRA; HOWEVER, A CAMISOLE WITH BUILT-IN SHELF SUPPORT CAN BE COMFORTABLE AND PROVIDES ADDED SUPPORT AS YOU CONTINUE TO HEAL.
  • NO UNDER WIRES FOR 6 WEEKS. YOU CAN REPLACE THE BRA PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF SURGERY AND BUY YOUR OWN. HOWEVER, PLEASE MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT HAVE UNDER WIRES.

SHOWERING

You may shower 48 hours after surgery. Take a warm, but not hot shower. Do not take a bath. Limit your shower to 10 minutes. Do not remove the steri-strips/surgical tape that we put over your stitches. After the shower, you can pat dry with a towel or air-dry, but do not rub your breasts or touch the incisions. You can apply a fragrance-free moisturizer to breast and surrounding skin, but not on the incisions. You can also use deodorant.

1 ON 1 CONSULTATION

DRAINS

Follow the drain care instructions provided to you. If you have a drain placed in your incisions, a nurse should have shown you how to operate the drain, empty the drain, and record the amount of fluid from the drain. When showering, you should secure the drains with a lanyard or wrap so that they are not dangling down.

MEDICATION

Take all oral pain medication and antibiotics as prescribed. For less severe pain, use over-the-counter Tylenol.

Do not consume 4000 mg of Tylenol (acetaminophen) in a 24-hour period. Prescription pain medication can contain acetaminophen (Percocet contains oxycodone and 325 mg acetaminophen), so watch all possible sources.

SLEEPING

You may sleep flat. However, do not sleep on your stomach. If you are a side sleeper, a soft pillow under your mid-back and shoulders may be more comfortable than a single pillow under your head. In the first week after surgery, make sure to wear your support bra while sleeping.

ACTIVITY

Rest, but not bed rest: While rest is important in the early stages of healing, equally important is that you are ambulatory, meaning that you are walking under your own strength. We encourage you to drink lots of water, because you will do enough walking by just going to the bathroom several times a day. It is essential to walk every day, because it prevents blood clots from forming.

Do not engage in any stressful activities. Do not resume any exercise other than regular walking. Do not lift your hands over your head. Do not lift anything heavier than a paperback book. Take care of no one, and let others tend to you.

Ease into your daily activities. You will receive clearance to begin driving or return to work at your first post-operative office visit.

NUTRITION

Fluids are critical following surgery. Stick to non-carbonated, non-alcoholic, caffeine-free, and green tea-free beverages, such as fruit juices, water, milk, and yogurt drinks. You must consume at least 8 ounces of fluid every 2 hours. Stick with soft, bland, and nutritious food for the first 24 hours.

5 weeks post op breast augmentation what to expect

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States. Each year, hundreds of thousands of women experience the life-changing benefits associated with an improved breast appearance.

Before moving forward with your procedure, it’s important to understand what to expect during every stage of the process. Breast augmentation is major surgery, and there is a significant recovery period. While the overwhelming majority of women find that it’s worth undergoing this lengthy healing process, you should be aware of the road to recovery that lies ahead of you.

Stage 1: The Day of Your Surgery

Breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis, and you will return home the day of your procedure. Since you’ll still be under the lingering effects of anesthesia, you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home. It’s also important to have someone around the house for the rest of the day in case you need assistance.

You’ll need to get plenty of rest and stay hydrated on this first day of recovery. We recommend that you set up a comfortable recovery area prior to your procedure. It should include:

We recommend that you prepare some healthy, nutritious meals in advance that you can easily reheat since you won’t feel up to cooking. You should also fill all prescriptions in advance so that they’ll be on-hand when you get home from surgery.

Stage 2: First 5-7 Days after Surgery

This is typically the most uncomfortable phase of your recovery. It’s common to experience:

You should start feeling much better towards the end of this first week of recovery. Dr. Lee encourages light walking as soon as you feel up to it. This will facilitate proper blood flow and help prevent blood clots. Always listen to your body and rest if you feel you need to.

Stage 3: 1-3 Weeks after Surgery

During this phase of recovery, you will be able to gradually resume your regular routine. In general, most women are able to return to work within one to two weeks after breast augmentation. If your job requires heavy lifting or other strenuous physical activity, you may need to take additional time off to ensure your body is sufficiently healed.

Bruising, swelling and discomfort should have substantially subsided by this point. Dr. Lee will carefully monitor your recovery and let you know when it is safe to resume normal activities and light exercise. Light cardio activities can be incorporated into your routine at this point, but you will still need to refrain from strenuous activities. When resuming exercise, it’s important to start slow and gradually ramp up your efforts as your body gets stronger.

Stage 4: 4-6 Weeks after Surgery

By now, you will be sufficiently recovered to begin adding more strenuous activity back into your routine. Always wait until Dr. Lee tells you it is safe to resume specific activities to prevent complications.

Intense cardio and lower body exercises can be resumed after about four weeks. However, you’ll need to refrain from heavy lifting and chest exercises until you are roughly six weeks out of surgery.

Stage 5: Final Results

It can take as long as three to four months before you are able to see your final results. This is due to the fact that it takes time for your breast implants to settle into their proper position and for all residual swelling to subside. While you’ll want to experience your new appearance as soon as possible, it’s important to be patient during this process.

Dr. Lee recommends waiting to purchase new bras and bikinis until your final results are visible since your breast size and appearance may still undergo slight changes for several months.


how to speed up breast augmentation recovery

If breast augmentation is in your future, putting some thought into your post-surgical care is an important step to ensuring your recovery is as stress free as possible. Starting at your pre-operative appointment, a nurse will give you specific instructions for surgery day and recovery. All questions and concerns will be addressed at this time. After your visit with your nurse, Dr. Eberbach will come to assess you and ensure that all of your questions and concerns have been answered or addressed. We will also give you a reminder call a few days before surgery highlighting details for surgery day. On surgery day, a nurse will go over post-surgery care with you and your caregiver again before you are discharged.

At this time, you will be prepared for many aspects of your post-operative recovery. The focus will be on pain relief, medications, work or childcare concerns, and what activities or exercises to do and what not to do. Some of the most common questions and concerns we hear are about recovery. Most patients are pleasantly surprised to learn that recovery is generally comfortable and uneventful when the post-operative instructions are followed. The tips detailed in this blog post can also help improve the chances that your recovery will go smoothly. Please be advised that even though every plastic surgeon has his/her own protocol, this blog post is about the protocol set forth by Dr. Eberbach. It is important that every patient follows the advice and protocol of their own plastic surgeon.

Positioning and range of motion

After surgery, it is recommended to rest or sleep in a recliner or use 2-3 pillows propped behind your back for the first week. Most people do not find this position comfortable to sleep in if you are usually a stomach or side sleeper. It would be a good idea to practice sleeping in this position before your surgery so you are prepared.

Range of motion is another discussion your nurse will go over with you. Many patients have the misconception that they cannot move or lift their arms after surgery, which is not true. We actually want you gently moving and stretching your arms after surgery. You should be able to reach above your head, brush your hair, and even grab a glass off of the top shelf. As long as you are not lifting anything heavy or incorporating weight into these movements, they will help you feel better faster. It is similar to stretching after a tough workout when your muscles are sore. The quicker you are stretching or moving around, the quicker you will feel better.

Medications

One of the most important details that your nurse will go over with you at your pre-operative appointment is to not use any NSAID medications (this includes any Aleve, aspirin, or ibuprofen products) for three weeks before and after your surgery. Tylenol may be used for pain relief if needed since it does not contain any blood thinning properties that NSAIDS contain. The use of these medications before or after could put you at risk of developing internal bleeding (hematoma) after surgery.

At your pre-operative visit, you will receive a list of prescriptions that we are going to call into your pharmacy for you. Make sure you pick up your prescriptions within a few days after your pre-operative appointment so you are prepared before surgery. These medications (might vary depending on personal history) will include a pain medication, a muscle relaxant, an anti-nausea, and Singulair. The pain medication, muscle relaxant, and anti-nausea medications are all AS NEEDED. Some people prefer to use Tylenol for pain instead of the prescription pain medication. Side effects for prescription muscle relaxant and pain medications can commonly cause drowsiness, nausea, vomiting and constipation. The less of these you use, the better your recovery will be. Every patient will have a different medication regimen based on her own personal experience, pain tolerance, and needs.

The last medication mentioned was Singulair. Your nurse will instruct you on when to start this medication, and it is typically taken for 3 months after surgery (this length of time could vary depending on your situation). In recent studies, Singulair was found to decrease your risk of developing capsular contracture following breast augmentation. We highly recommend you take your Singulair for the full course of time even after you think you are completely healed.

Activity

When you get home from surgery, we encourage you to do light activity. This means walking around the house, taking it easy but still moving. We want you to be up and moving every hour while awake. The quicker you are up and moving around, the quicker you will feel better. Avoid any pushing, pulling, or lifting as these motions require use of your chest muscles.

Most patients can resume driving within a few days after surgery. You should not drive for 24 hours after anesthesia or while you are taking prescription narcotics. Driving can resume after you have discontinued narcotic pain medication and you have full range of motion with your arms. Full range of motion means you feel comfortable turning the steering wheel and are confident that you can safely avoid an accident if necessary.

Most patients who have a “desk job” will return to work a few days after surgery while others prefer to take a full week off. This will vary for people with more intense job duties. For the first three weeks, you should not do any strenuous activities. This includes any activities that would raise your heart rate and blood pressure. If your blood pressure were to elevate during this time, you can risk internal bleeding. This could lead to returning to the operating room with a hematoma. This means no exercise or going back to the gym during this time. After three weeks, you can go back to cardio and lower body exercises but still avoid working out your upper body or chest muscles. After a full six weeks, you can resume all exercise.

What to wear

At your pre-operative appointment, you will be provided with a shopping list that is customized to you. We suggest you wear easy, comfortable clothes for surgery day. A button up or zip up top and slip on pants and shoes will work perfectly for getting dressed after surgery.

Patients always have questions about bras. The shopping list will include which type of bra to buy before your surgery. If you are just having a breast augmentation without any reconstruction/lifting, then you will not need a bra. Many patients are surprised to find out that they will be sent home without any bra or wrap. We hear all the time “but my friend/mom/sister/etc. had a bra when she got hers done!” That may be true, but recent studies have shown that compression after breast augmentation can increase your risk of capsular contracture. Dr. Eberbach recommends going without a bra for approximately 1 month after surgery. If you need to return to work or go out in public, we recommend loose sports bras that only have light compression or camisoles that have built in soft support. Some patients have even just used lactation pads to cover their nipples during this time. It is important to follow these guidelines to ensure that your breasts settle properly and also so you do not put yourself at risk of developing a contracture. Staying away from underwire or pushup bras can ensure your incisions heal properly. Most patients can go bra shopping around 6-8 weeks after surgery!

Diet

Your diet plays a huge role in how quickly and efficiently your body can recover. Eating plenty of protein-rich foods after surgery can boost the recovery process. We recommend consuming about 100 grams of protein a day. If you are not a big meat eater (chicken, fish, etc.), then you may want to look into getting a protein supplement before your surgery. Protein shakes or protein bars are good alternatives to add into your diet. Along with high protein, we recommend a low sodium diet. This means staying away from all of those salty foods or adding any salt into your diet. You are already going to experience swelling after surgery; we don’t want to make this worse by eating too much salt. Your goal during this time is maintain between 1,500-2,000 calories per day. If you follow a high protein and low sodium diet with adequate calories, it will make a huge difference in your recovery phase.

how long do incisions hurt after breast augmentation

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that many women choose for various reasons, such as pregnancy, nursing, natural aging, or simply to enhance their natural breasts. In New Orleans, LA, many women seek out breast augmentation near me to feel more confident about their appearance, especially when wearing form-fitting clothing. One of the concerns that some women have about breast augmentation is the recovery time, particularly how long it takes for incisions to heal after surgery.

Fortunately, when breast augmentation is performed by a skilled and experienced professional like Dr. Michelle Eagan at New Orleans Plastic Surgery, incisions typically heal within a few short weeks. During the recovery process, it is essential to follow all post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon to ensure optimal healing and the best possible results.

There are several factors that can influence the healing time of breast augmentation incisions, including the individual’s natural healing process, the technique used during surgery, and the placement of the incisions. In general, most patients can expect to see significant improvement in the appearance of their incisions within the first few weeks following surgery.

During the initial stages of healing, it is common to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the incision sites. Your surgeon may recommend wearing a supportive bra and avoiding strenuous activities to aid in the healing process. It is crucial to attend all follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress and address any concerns that may arise during the recovery period.

In addition to proper post-operative care, there are also products available on Amazon that can help promote healing and minimize scarring after breast augmentation surgery. Some popular products include scar gels, silicone sheets, and gentle cleansers specifically designed for post-surgical skincare.

Overall, breast augmentation can be a life-changing procedure for many women looking to enhance their appearance and boost their self-confidence. By taking the time to understand the recovery process and following your surgeon’s recommendations, you can achieve the beautiful results you desire. If you are considering breast augmentation near me in New Orleans, LA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Michelle Eagan at New Orleans Plastic Surgery to learn more about the procedure and what to expect during the recovery period.

Why do scars form after breast augmentation?

When our skin experiences trauma or physical injury, our bodies produce collagen to heal the damaged areas. The same concept is applied when an incision is made during surgery. After breast augmentation, our body heals the incision, and collagen reduces the appearance of scars.

Breast augmentation incisions should be fully closed in 2 – 4 weeks. The scars fade and soften over time. They can take up to one year to fully mature and should be protected from sunlight during this time period. The specialists at New Orleans Plastic Surgery provide essential information about how to clean and cover the incisions while they heal. Keep in mind that complications, such as infection, could extend breast augmentation recovery time and cause deep scars, which is why we recommend following our guidelines very closely. Nicotine products, including cigarettes, can prolong recovery, delaying healing and possibly worsening scarring.

Are my incisions healing properly?

It’s normal for breast augmentation patients to experience some swelling and discomfort while their incisions close. Dr. Eagan can prescribe medications to make your recovery easier. However, you should call our office in New Orleans right away if you have any of the following signs of infection:

Discharge: Some clear fluid may come out of your incisions during recovery. Excess discharge or discharge that is cloudy, yellow, or any other color should be reported immediately.

Redness: Side effects like redness should dissipate over time. Redness that does not go away or spreads into other areas beyond the wound is an indication of a possible infection.

Raised skin: Any healing wound should remain flat for the most part. A breast implant incision that remains swollen is not healing appropriately and should be checked out by a physician.

Your choice of plastic surgeon makes a difference

Want excellent surgical results while avoiding a long recovery? Start your journey by choosing an experienced and trustworthy plastic surgeon. Even though many professionals are qualified to offer breast implants, you should find someone who is knowledgeable and has a solid reputation for performing successful breast surgeries.

Dr. Eagan makes every effort to place breast augmentation incisions in areas that are easy to hide under clothing and undergarments. During your breast augmentation assessment, feel free to ask questions about incision placement and scarring. We make sure each patient understands how recovery works to get the best results possible.

Get breast augmentation near me

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure that involves enhancing the size and shape of the breasts. This procedure can be beneficial for individuals who are looking to add volume, improve breast symmetry, and enhance the overall appearance of their silhouette. If you are considering breast augmentation and are concerned about incisions or finding a reliable plastic surgeon near you, look no further than New Orleans Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Michelle Eagan is a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon at New Orleans Plastic Surgery who specializes in breast augmentation procedures. She and her team of professionals pride themselves on providing the best and most thorough care possible. They understand that each patient is unique and have differing goals when it comes to breast enhancement, which is why they take the time to listen to your concerns and tailor a treatment plan specifically for you.

When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Eagan at New Orleans Plastic Surgery, you can expect to discuss your desired outcome, medical history, and any concerns you may have about the procedure. Dr. Eagan will walk you through the process, including the different types of implants available, incision options, and what to expect during recovery. With her expertise and guidance, you can feel confident that you are in good hands throughout the entire journey.

If you are looking for products to help aid in your recovery after breast augmentation, consider checking out popular items on Amazon such as:

1. ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets – These sheets can help minimize the appearance of scars post-surgery.
2. Mederma Advanced Scar Gel – This gel is formulated to improve the texture and color of scars.
3. Comfort Finds Mastectomy Bra – A comfortable and supportive bra is essential during the healing process.

Prepare for your breast augmentation journey by reaching out to New Orleans Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Michelle Eagan. Enhance your silhouette and boost your confidence with the help of expert care and guidance from our team.

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