Breast Augmentation Post Op Care Instructions

1. Sleeping in an upright reclined position for 1 week after surgery.

2. No heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks. No upper body activity for 4-6 weeks.

3. No reaching out or above your shoulders for 1-2 weeks.

4. Keep your hands and elbows to your side for 1 week.

5. No driving for 1 week post Breast Augmentation surgery or until off narcotic pain medication completely and can respond to an emergency.

6. Please take the medications as directed. Antibiotic medication (if prescribed) is taken for 3 days or until the drains are removed. Pain, nausea, and muscle relaxant medication are taken as needed. Never take medication on an empty stomach and always space out the medications by an hour.

7. Constipation is very common due to the pain medication and anesthesia. Please use Colace (over the counter) or any stool softener that has worked with you in the past.

8. If you develop a rash or think you are having an allergic reaction to the medication please call our office immediately. Sometimes Benadryl will help.

9. No upper body exercises for 4-6 weeks post breast augmentation surgery. We will follow up with each patient at post-surgical visits to give them their workout restraints.

10. No ocean water, jacuzzi, or pool water for 8 weeks post surgery or until the incision is fully healed.

11. No tanning or sun exposure to the incision until the your incision has healed completely.

12. Please do not put scar creams or ointments on the incision immediately after surgery, you may irritate the area or cause an allergic reaction.

13. You may expect to be swollen for a few weeks. This is why it will also take time for the breast to reach their final shape and size. It takes time for the implants to settle into their pockets. We will show you some breast massage that will help the implants settle. Normally patients will start their breast massages around 1 week post surgery.

Breast Augmentation Downward exercise

Downward exercises

14. For Scar treatment most patients will use scar cream ointment, which you may get from our office.

15. You may start using scar cream when there is no more scabs on the incision line. That is usually at about 3-4 weeks post surgery.

16. Wear the surgical bra for a total of 4 weeks. You may wear a comfortable sports bra or regular non-under wire bras after you get rid of your surgical bra. You wear sports bras for 4 weeks.

17. Nice under wire bras are okay once you have full sensation at the bottom of the breast. This will be closer to 2 months post surgery.

18. You may have some drainage from the incision lines and its normal when the steri-strip peels off and it’s usually a light yellow/green discharge. Please keep the area as dry as possible. If there is significant drainage please contact our office as soon as possible.

19. If there is redness on the incision line or it feels tender, please call our office and send photos.

20. Incision lines and final results may take up to about a year.

21. Please keep in touch via email, and send photos, then continue to send photos at your 3rd week, 1 month, 2ndmonth, 4th month, 6th month…etc. (wearing cute Bras)

22. Please call us with any concerns Mon-Friday 8:30am-5:30 pm at 619- 466-8851 or email us at Please know that calling may ensure a faster response.

23. If you would like to blog or write a testimonial of your experience in our office please see the following websites

Prime Plastic Surgery consists of the top board-certified surgeons in the country providing the highest caliber of patient care. We offer cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, to help patients achieve truly life-changing results. Our surgeons are members of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities

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