You will have a Dermabond glue dressing on your surgical site. You can shower on the first day following your procedure:
- Pat the wound clean and dry with a clean, soft towel or cloth
- Dry with a hairdryer set on cool setting
Your sutures will be absorbable and will not need to be removed.
You will have a review appointment booked with Dr Ong for 2-3 weeks following your procedure.
Advice following the procedure:
After the surgery your breasts will be swollen and tender. There may also be some minor bruising under the breasts. The bruising usually disappears within 2-3 weeks but swelling may take up to four weeks or more to resolve. Do not be unduly concerned about these appearances – they are normal and temporary
You will be given a prescription for strong painkillers. Please ensure that you get these prescriptions filled as soon as possible. As post-operative discomfort can be greatest in the first few days after surgery, most patients start with the stronger painkillers and then after several days change to milder analgesics such as Paracetamol and Nurofen.
You will be given a prescription for Zofran (Ondansetron), a strong anti-nausea medication. You may take this every 6 hours, as needed
Your augmentation bra is essential after surgery, as it offers compression as well as support. You should wear an augmentation bra at all times for six weeks after surgery, only removing it to shower (this protects the implants from abnormal movement or migration).
Western Breast Clinic provides one augmentation bra for you. Additional bras can be purchased from:
BreastCare WA: 31 Teddington Road, Burswood WA. Phone: 08 9361 1300
La Femme Lingerie and Swimwear Boutique: Shop 8, Wollaston Shopping Centre, 1 Henley Drive, Bunbury. Phone: 08 9791 8651
If the incisions have been placed under your breasts, you must not wear a bra with underwire supports for the first 3 months after surgery, as the wire support could press on the incision sites.
- Sleep elevated on 2-3 pillows for the first week to help reduce swelling in the breasts.
- Light exercise (e.g. walking) within your limits can be resumed after 2 weeks. However, whatever you do, if it causes discomfort, stop and try it again in another 2 weeks..
- For the first 6-8 weeks after surgery you must avoid potentially harmful activities such as heavy lifting and strenuous exercise (such as jogging and gym workouts).
- During the first week you should avoid driving, as arm movements may be too painful for you to safely drive your car.
- Depending on what type of work you do, you will need between 1-3 weeks off work. If you have a more physical job then you will need to take 4-6 weeks off work.
- For optimum results for wound healing it is recommended that you do not smoke for at least two weeks after your surgery.
- You may experience numbness in some areas of the breast. This may take several months to return to normal
Anaesthetic is given for this procedure:
You may experience some pain and/or bruising at the injection site - this should settle without treatment
The drugs used may still be in your system after you are discharged from the hospital.
You must make sure you have a responsible adult to care for you at home after the procedure.
Until the following morning you should not:
- Drive a vehicle, ride a bicycle or operate machinery.
- Make any important decisions.
- Sign legal documents.
- Drink alcohol.
If you experience any of the following symptoms please contact the day surgery between 8am-4pm on 08 9791 2244, or your Surgeon:
- Nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath or diarrhoea
- Heavy bleeding from the incisions
- Worsening and/or spreading of redness around the operation sites
- Signs of infection such as fever of yellow discharge from your incision
- Any other concerns or problems regarding your surgery
If at any time, but especially in the post-operative period, you notice significantly more pain or discomfort in one breast compared to the other, and particularly if the breast on that side is more swollen, please contact Bunbury Day Surgery or your surgeon immediately.
If you require further advice or experience problems contact our Admissions Nurse on:
08 9791 2244 or your Surgeon on 08 9707 3320
In the case of an emergency please attend your local hospital emergency department
Bunbury Regional Hospital - phone: 9722 1000