It is not necessary to wear a support bra in the first week following your surgery as supportive tape will be in place. We recommend a sports bra with a formed cup and no underwire, but Dr. Griffins nurse will discuss the type of bra that you will need to purchase at your first post operative visit if you have any further questions.
It is not uncommon to have pain and ache after breast augmentation surgery, especially if your implants are under the muscle. This usually begins to settle over the next few days. General discomfort will go on for a longer period of time. While you are in hospital the nursing staff will have orders for pain relief to make you comfortable. On discharge you will be provided with pain medication or with a script. Aspirin based analgesics should NOT be taken. If your operative areas become more painful instead of less after the first few days please phone Dr. Griffins office.
At the end of the operation your suture lines will be covered with Hypafix tape which should remain in place until your first post operative visit which is usually 7-10 days after the operation. The taping is quite supportive for the first week. The hypafix tape can get wet and it is therefore possible for you to shower and pat the dressings dry. If the nursing staff in the hospital need to use a different dressing that can not get wet they will let you know. If in any doubt, please contact our rooms for advice.
Drains are routinely used following your surgery, helping to remove any fluid or blood that may accumulate in the area of the surgery. These are usually left in for 2-3 days, and in most cases they are removed prior to discharge from hospital.
Most of the time the sutures used after breast reduction surgery are dissolving. The ends of these sutures will be trimmed at your first post- operative appointment.
In order to minimize scarring after your surgery, we recommend that you wear hypafix tape for a period of 6 weeks. The scar can remain a pink/purple colour for several months after your surgery as it will take a full 12 months for the scar to mature and settle. Use of vitamin E creams/bio oil or rose hip oil is recommended after the initial phase of healing and can be used once hypafix taping is completed.
You should avoid driving for the first 1-2 weeks after surgery.
It is recommended that 2 weeks off work following this procedure is necessary. If however you have a physically demanding job or you undertake heavy lifting, more time off work may be required. It is preferable that you discuss this matter with Mr Griffin prior to your surgery so arrangements at your work are in place. In particular is it helpful to avoid activities that involve raising your arms above your head for a long period of time (ie. Hanging out the washing)..
Post op appointment:
Your post operative appointment is usually made prior to your surgery. If a post operative appointment has been arranged and you are unable to attend, please contact our rooms prior to surgery so alternative times can be looked at. Post operative care is a very important part of the process to ensuring that you achieve the results you are wanting. Usually post operative visits take place regularly over the first 6 weeks, so it is important that you ensure that you will be available over this time to attend appointments as they are required.
If you have any questions or concerns after your surgery, please contact our rooms to discuss these with the nursing staff. If it is after hours or on the weekend, again call the rooms number and advice on how to contact Mr Griffin will be given to you.
Considerations: Modern breast implants are likely to last longer than previous generation implants but all implants do deteriorate with time. Although we do not know how long the average life span of modern implants is, it is reasonable to assume that after 10-15 years the rate of problems such as leakage will increase. You should not assume that the implant will last longer than this time.
Also, if you need to have dental treatment and you have breast implants in place, you should visit your GP or discuss with your dentist about taking a course of preventative antibiotics.