What to Expect after Breast Implant Placement
By Sheryl Pilcher on March 05, 2014
Many women are eager to enhance their figures with breast implants. In fact, thousands of women have safely and successfully achieved more attractive figures through breast augmentations. If you are considering implants, knowing what to expect after plastic surgery can help you prepare for a seamless recovery. At Accent Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, Dr. Sheryl Pilcher prepares patients for breast augmentation side effects.
Breast Implant Side Effects
After your breast augmentation surgery, it can take several weeks for your body to completely heal. During this time, you may experience several side effects. Note that side effects are different from risks; they are expected after surgery, and tend to resolve on their own.
Some side effects will take a day or two to dissipate, while others may take several weeks to resolve. In general, you can expect the following:
- Grogginess and fatigue. Immediately following your breast augmentation procedure, you may experience grogginess as your anesthesia wears off.
- Soreness. As with any surgery, you can expect to feel some discomfort following your procedure. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe you medication to help alleviate any discomfort you may feel. Soreness will also alleviate as your skin stretches to accommodate your new implants.
- Swelling and bruising. Some women experience bruising and swelling in their abdomens, as well as in their chests. These are completely normal side effects after implant surgery, and should dissipate within a couple weeks.
- Heaviness in the breasts. As your body adjusts to your implants, your breasts may feel heavier or rounder than you’d imagined. It will take some time, but these side effects will resolve themselves to reveal the softer, more supple results you desire.
- Itching. As your skin stretches to accommodate your new implants, you can expect to feel some itching. This side effect can often be alleviated with the help of creams and moisturizers. However, make sure to consult your doctor about what products are safe to use.
- Changes in nipple sensation. Some women report a change in nipple sensation following surgery. Most often, these changes, such as tingling, decreased sensation, or numbness, are temporary, lasting anywhere from several days to several months.
- Scars. Your plastic surgeon undoubtedly planned your incision sites so that any resulting scars would be as concealed as possible. The marks you see after surgery will continue to dissipate over time, until they are relatively unnoticeable. To help your scars heal correctly, it is important to keep your incision site clean and use any scar treatment creams recommended by your doctor.
While all of these side effects are completely normal following breast implant surgery, it is important to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
Minimizing Side Effects
After surgery, you will be provided with a special bra to wear as your body recovers. This bra will provide extra support, promoting healing and helping to reduce any discomfort.
If swelling is causing you discomfort, sleeping on your back in a reclining position may help alleviate your symptoms. Be sure to take any medication prescribed by your doctor as well, as this will help relieve any soreness.
Discuss Breast Augmentation Side Effects with a Plastic Surgeon
If you’re planning to enhance your figure through breast augmentation, it’s important to learn about potential side effects before your procedure. Contact Accent Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable and skilled plastic surgeon.
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