How to Care for Your Breasts after Breast Augmentation Surgery

Dr. Sacha Obaid, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Dallas, Plano, Southlake, and Nearby Fort Worth, Texas

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By Sacha Obaid

Breast augmentation surgery is a terrific way to boost your confidence and self-image. But once the operation has been performed, you can’t simply sit on your laurels and assume your breasts will recover on their own. To make sure your breasts look the way you want them to for years to come, you need to take proper care of your newly enhanced breasts, paying special attention to them in the months following the operation.

Here are some breast augmentation care tips to help ensure a successful recovery:

Use Extra Support During Recovery

Breasts always need proper support, but especially after breast augmentation surgery. Following your procedure, your doctor may provide you with a surgical support bra and special instructions for wrapping or bandaging your breasts, and it’s important to carefully follow his/her directions. The specially designed bra and bandage provide needed support and compression, keeping your implants in place. Wearing spandex and other supportive garments can also help to maximize comfort and facilitate the healing process.

Keep Incisions Clean and Dry

Keeping your incisions clean and dry is key to the success of your breast augmentation surgery. By diligently follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding the cleaning and dressing of your incisions, you not only drastically reduce the chance of infection but also help ensure that your incisions heal cleanly.

Follow a Breast Massage Program

Massaging your breasts regularly is a widely recommended method for accelerating healing, minimizing the formation of scar tissue, and preventing the breast from hardening around the implant. It is common for breast massage to be recommended for at least six months after a breast augmentation procedure, so you should ask your surgeon immediately for specific massage techniques appropriate for you.

Combat Soreness and Sensitivity

You’re post-up discomfort shouldn’t be severe, but there are a number of useful strategies for combating any aches and pains you may feel. Massaging your breasts, taking warm showers, and moving around can help loosen up breast tissue and prevent unpleasant stiffness. You can also try incorporating a cream or lotion into your massage routine to keep your skin feeling healthy and itch-free.

Track your progress

Keeping a photographic record of your breasts as they heal is a good way to monitor the progress of your recovery. By taking a photograph a week, you can track your breast’s swelling and the way your incisions are healing. These photographs could prove useful later, especially if you find you have any questions you would like to ask your surgeon.