HOW WILL I LOOK AND FEEL AFTER SURGERY?
It’s important to understand the result of your Denver breast augmentation will not be immediate. Full results take 6 months to a year to achieve while the breast implant settles into the pocket formed during surgery.
Initially, your breasts will be high and may be slightly boxy or have some asymmetry. The implants will slowly drop into the pockets as your muscles relax. usually between 6 weeks and 4 months after surgery.
You will feel some soreness and discomfort for the first several days after surgery and you will want to sleep on your back initially. You will want to have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours following your surgery, since you will be sleepy from the medications and may need assistance.
Dr. Slenkovich does not typically use drains or pain pumps for the breast augmentation procedures he performs.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE RECOVERY PROCESS?
Breast pain may be fairly significant for the first several days following a breast augmentation, but the pain should dissipate after a week. Fatigue and soreness are very normal!
Energy levels after surgery:
Week 1: , 60-70%
Week 2: 70-80%
Week 3: 90-100%
It will take approximately 6 months to a year for your scars to fully mature. Until then, use sunscreen on the incisions. For more information on scar care view our scar care after breast augmentation entry.
You can expect to have follow-up visits with us 1 week, 6 weeks, 6 months and 1 year after your surgery.
WHEN CAN I GO BACK TO WORK AND RESUME EXERCISE?
Most women take a week off work, but depending on your pain tolerance, motivation and physical exertion at work, you could require four days to two weeks off of work.
Early walking beginning the first post-op day is an excellent way to help you heal and prevent blood clots and stiffness.
You should be able to resume all normal activities, including working out, about six weeks after your breast augmentation surgery.
Most women find that bench presses or push-ups are more uncomfortable early on than lower body exercises and light aerobics. Be patient with the healing process and listen to how your body is responding.
WHAT ARE SOME REASONS FOR NEEDING REOPERATION ON THE BREASTS?
Breast implants are not considered a lifetime device, although many women have them for decades without problems. Breast implants are the number one studied man-made implantable device, but there is still a chance for complications. Reasons for revision breast surgery may include implant failure, mal-position, asymmetry, infection, hematoma, capsular contracture, unsightly scarring, or unsatisfactory results.
These risks and benefits are discussed in detail with you at your consultation and Dr. Slenkovich will explain the steps he takes to prevent breast augmentation complications.