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Breast Augmentation Surgery Recovery

Breast augmentation is considered a relatively simple procedure and you will most likely be discharged on the same day as your MTF surgery.

POST-SURGICAL CARE

You will be monitored for a number of hours as you come round from the anaesthetic and given guidance on pain-management and hygiene as concerns your incisions and dressings.

You should arrange for someone to collect you from the hospital to drive you home as your may be woozy from the anaesthetic. Pre and post-surgery, antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce the risk of infection as you heal.

SUTURES AND DRESSINGS

You will be given a special bra to wear that will support your new breasts as they heal.

Surgical dressings may be advised to remain in place for three days after surgery at which point you can remove the gauze pads and are able to shower.

There may be steri-strips in place along your incision line which you should leave in place and take care not to immerse in water.

After seven to ten days the steri-strips will usually fall off of their own accord.

You may be able to feel the sutures or the knot of the stitches under your skin, this will usually dissolve but can be cut by a doctor if the knot become free of the skin (do not attempt this yourself).

CHECKING FOR INFECTION

It is important to observe any changes in your incisions (you may need to use a mirror or get a friend to check for you).

If you can see any redness that extends more than an inch from the incision site this may be a sign of infection and should be investigated.

Some redness and tenderness at the incision is perfectly normal but any fluid seepage or changes in inflammation, particularly if you have a headache or fever, should be reported immediately.

If you develop an infection then this may be treatable with antibiotics but may require the removal of your implants and prevent further surgery.

SWELLING AND TENDERNESS

Swelling and tenderness in your breasts is common for at least a month after surgery and initial bruising is usually no cause for concern.

If, however, you observe any increased bruising and develop a pooling of blood under the skin causing a visible lump then seek immediate medical attention as this can indicate a haematoma.

Burning pain, sharp shooting pains and general discomfort can be common, and this will usually dissipate over the first few days after surgery.

EXERCISE AND RETURN TO ACTIVITY

Your surgeon may prescribe breast massage exercises to conduct five days or so after your MTF surgery.

In one to two weeks after surgery you will usually feel well enough to begin getting back to your normal routine.

If normal movements still hurt then give yourself a little longer to rest.

Avoid any heart-raising, vigorous activity for three to four weeks after surgery and take care not to stretch or twist in such a way as to pull on the breast tissue as this can adversely affect your recovery and increase scarring.

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