Breast Implant Revision Plastic Surgery RecoveryPosted on July 13, 2018
Breast Implant Revision
Breast revision cosmetic surgery to replace breast implants is quite similar to the primary breast augmentation procedure, and involves a similar recovery process.
But if the implants are removed without replacement, the recovery period may vary depending on whether the procedure was combined with a breast lift.
A majority of patients can comfortably resume their normal routine in 10 to 14 days. However, the duration of the breast revision implant recovery can vary between patients depending on several factors.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides breast implant surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations across the horizon.
Recovery after Breast Implant Removal
If the patient chooses to undergo only implant removal, they will usually experience only mild discomfort after the procedure. This can be managed with over the counter medications. The temporary side effects of such a procedure may include:
The recovery period will be more substantial if the implant removal is done in combination with a breast lift procedure. The patient may experience altered sensation around the incision sites such as tingling or numbness. However, this should subside over the next few weeks or months.
If the patient chooses to have larger sized implants, the skin in the breast area may feel stretched as the body gradually adjusts to the bigger size.
It may be many weeks before the new implants are adequately adapted to their final position. The patient may experience altered sensation such as tingling or numbness in the incision areas. However, this will reduce progressively over time.
Suggestions for a Healthy Recovery
The most effective way to ensure a successful recovery from the breast implant revision or replacement plastic surgery is to follow the surgeon’s post-op instructions. The surgeon will likely recommend the patient to wear a compression bra to enable a comfortable recovery if they have undergone breast implant replacement surgery.
The patient usually wears a compression bra for two or more weeks following the surgery to:
- Prevent the accumulation of fluids
- Control inflammation
- Keep the implants in position during the initial recovery phase
Patients may want to undertake further steps to manage the inflammation and bruising such as applying a cold compress and sleeping in a slightly elevated position. To reduce any post-op discomfort, the surgeon may prescribe pain meds.
Patients can return to their daily activities after a few days following the surgery. However, she should avoid physical strain in the initial recovery stage as it can lead to inflammation in the breasts. Notably, the patient should not undertake moderate to vigorous exercise and heavy lifting for a minimum of six weeks during the recovery period after this revision procedure.
Create a Recovery Station in the Bedroom
Creating a bedside recovery station comprising daily essentials such as mobile phone, remotes, tissues, water bottles, petroleum jelly and pain medications can make the recovery period much more comfortable. The patient should take sufficient rest in the week following the breast revision surgery.
Committed cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and other towns and cities in this region of the state for breast revision.
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