The wounds are covered with sterile bandages until the suture is removed, a taut bra or chest compression bandage is applied for immobilization and support.
In the first 4-6 weeks, make sure that you sleep mainly supine to avoid pressure on the implant.
Basically, an early mobilization is sought. When performing in general anesthesia or in twilight sleep, leaving the bed and going to the toilet on the day of the breast surgery operation should only be performed with the help of help.
Depending on the initial situation, pre-existing conditions and the extent of the breast augmentation surgery, the risk of thrombosis may be increased. This makes it necessary to carry out thrombosis prophylaxis for 5-10 days. Depending on the dosage, the risk of bleeding may be increased, please discuss with your doctor the type and duration of thrombosis prophylaxis.
If a wound drain has been used, it is usually removed between the 1st and 7th day, depending on the suture technique, the suture is pulled between the 7th and the 14th day after the breast operation.
In order to ensure wound healing, please note that the dressing is a protection for your wound, and this should not be changed by friction, displacement or the like. The wound may also have been glued together with suture plaster (Steristrips) to avoid tension on the wound edges. Your doctor will tell you how to change the bandage at home if necessary.
In any case, bruising, swelling or a feeling of tightness may occur temporarily after the procedure. You should not worry about these changes, they will stop within a few days, but in some cases may last for several weeks.
After interventions, it is normal for a certain amount of time to have a feeling-specific reduction in the specific condition. This usually normalises after a few months, and residual sensory disturbances can rarely be left behind. Your doctor will give you specific information about it.
What to pay attention to after the operation
Medicines should only be taken after consultation with your doctor. If you need to take any medication, regardless of your surgery, it is necessary to discuss this with your doctor and, if necessary, to change the dosage.
Do not take any anticoagulant medication (eg Marcumar, Sintrom, etc.) or blood-thinning medications (eg ThromboAss, Plavix, etc.) for 2 weeks after the operation and no flu and pain medication containing acetylsalicylic acid (eg Aspirin, Aspro, Ascorbisal, Duan, Thomapyrin, etc.). If in doubt, consult with your surgeon.
- A tight-fitting bra (compression bra) is usually worn day and night for 4-6 weeks. Some doctors use special compression bandages after surgery.
- Showering and bathing is only allowed after removing the suture material.
- In the first 4-8 weeks avoid any kind of heat like hot baths, sauna, infrared cabin, solarium, sunbaths etc.
- A UV-irradiation of the skin (sun, solarium) is only allowed after disappearance of all bruises. Scars may not be exposed to UV radiation until the scars are no longer red, otherwise the scars become pigmented. Scars can be protected from the sun by robes, camouflage or sunblock sunscreens.
Exercise and physical activity that strains the chest muscles or shakes the chest – such as running, riding, swimming, etc. – may only be performed after six weeks.