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What to Expect Right after Breast Augmentation Surgery

Dr. Sajjadian will give you written and verbal instruction at the time of pre-op visit, and on the day of surgery. However, here are some overall points to remember.

  1. Stretched Skin:  Immediately following breast augmentation surgery, your breasts will feel “stretched.” The skin is not yet used to the volume of the new breast implant at first but over time, the skin will stretch and grow to accommodate the size of your new breasts.  Our Costa Mesa clients are often a little surprised at how stretched out the skin feels but before long they totally forget it was an issue. It’s amazing how quickly our bodies adapt.
  2. Swelling: As with the majority of other procedures and surgeries, post-operative swelling is perfectly normal after breast augmentation.  To help with swelling we advise most of our Costa Mesa client to use a cold compression the breasts for the first few days after surgery.  Also be prepared to wear a surgical bra or wrap that will compress the breasts and combat swelling even more.  Don’t be alarmed though, the swelling will subside quickly over the first four weeks.
  3. Bruising: Bruising is also very normal in the early stages.  It is nothing to worry about, even if there is a lot of unsightly discoloration.  Usually the bruising will heal more quickly than the swelling, and should fade by about 90% over the first two to three weeks.
  4. Soreness:  Many of our clients that come to our Costa Mesa office report soreness and tenderness for the first few days after surgery.  Pain medication is often prescribed to help with the initial discomfort but the pain shouldn’t last much longer than a week.  If you do experience severe pain that is not controlled by pain medication, contact us or your surgeon immediately.
  5. Drains: they are place very rarely unless it is revisionary surgery or capsulectomy. Occasionally drains are placed to help remove any excess fluid that may collect around the implants.  However, the drains shouldn’t be required for more than a week at the most.  In most cases, the drains will be removed within the first two to three days.
  6. Care for Stitches/Sutures: You will need to keep the sutures/stitches clean and dry after breast augmentation surgery. Even after that though you should not soak your incisions for the first 8 weeks as this can cause softening and widening of the scars.  So no soaking in the bath tub or hot tub for several weeks.  Also, do not apply any creams, lotions, deodorants, etc… to the incisions, because they may cause inflammation, or worse, infection.
  7. Sleeping Position: During the first few weeks after surgery, it’s best to sleep on your back with your head and shoulders elevated to help reduce swelling and speed up the healing process.
  8. Scaring: Breast augmentation scars will typically be bright pink and may even be slightly raised immediately following surgery.  Dr. Ali Sajjadian and other skilled surgeon will make very small and discreet scars.  Over time, the scars flatten and fade.  Try to stay out of the sun as much as possible because tanning will usually darken the scars and make them more visible.  Avoiding them out of direct sun light will ensure that they fade well over time.