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Breast Augmentation: Post-operative instructions
Breast augmentation can be quite painful. You may take Extra-Strength Tylenol or your prescribed pain medication every four hours, if needed. Avoid any activity immediately after taking the medication as you may experience some drowsiness. Avoid using tranquilizers or sleeping pills while taking narcotics, as this combination may be too strong for you. Avoid alcohol of taking narcotic pain medications. Colace (an over-the-counter stool softener medication) is effective to treat constipation, which often occurs with the use of narcotic pain medications.
A marked increase in pain and swelling on one side may indicate late bleeding on that side. Notify your surgeon immediately if this should occur.
Get plenty of rest and don’t do anything requiring other than minimal exertions for two weeks following surgery. Avoid jogging, calisthenics, aerobics, vacuuming, weightlifting, sit-ups or other similar vigorous activities. Avoid bending over and avoid lifting. Do not drive for one week. Limit the use of your arms.
Change the dressing as often as necessary. You may shower beginning the day after surgery. If you find the dressing is sticking to the incision, standing under a warm shower will help loosen it without causing the discomfort or damage that pulling them might.
Ice packs applied to the breast for 48-72 hours will help diminish pain and discomfort.
The breast tissue may feel tight for several weeks postoperatively. You may also be black and blue. This is normal during the postoperative recovery phase.
You may wear a soft bra continuously for comfort until the sutures are out.