Breast Implant Removal Surgery Post-Op FAQ

Q: How long before I see the results of my breast implant removal? A: It can take months for the breast tissue to relax and redrape. I recommend allowing 3-6 months before evaluating your final outcome. Q: How long do I need to be off of work? A: It is recommended that you take one week off of work after breast augmentation surgery and continue to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for 4 weeks after the surgery. I also ask patients not to drive for 7-10 days after surgery, or until off all medications and can react to an emergency when driving. Q: How long will I have to wear this special bra? A: Normally, the bra will need to be worn for 4 weeks. There are reasons why the bra is important and following San Diego Cosmetic Surgeon’s, Dr. Pousti, directions will give you the best possible results. Each patient is different and so the recovery will also be different. Q: When can I start to exercise? A: Dr. Pousti does not recommend heavy weight lifting or strenuous exercise until 4-6 weeks after the procedure. Patients may resume lower body exercise 1-2 weeks post-surgery. Q: When can I shower after this procedure? A: 1-3 week post-surgery with the waterproof band aid, IF given the OK by Dr. Pousti. Q: When do these tapes come off? A: Steri-strips come off 4-6 weeks after surgery, as long as they stay clean and dry during that time. Q: How do I keep the steri-strips dry? A: Please place a layer of gauze over the steri-strips and then place a waterproof band aid (or 2) when taking a quick shower. Q: When can I remove the Surgical Stockings? A: Remove 1-2 days post op surgery as long as you are getting up and walking around. Q: When should I stop taking Herbal Supplements/Dietary Supplements? A: We ask that you stop 2 weeks prior to surgery and resume 2 weeks after surgery Q: When can I go into Ocean water/Pool/Hot tub A: In general, 2-3 months post op. We need the incisions to be healed 100%. Q: Is Constipation normal? A: Yes, constipation after surgery is quite common. The way to reduce constipation is to ween off of pain medication as soon as possible, use stool softener, eat high fiber foods, prune juice is helpful and staying hydrated is very important. Q: Will I have drains after surgery? A: Yes, most likely you will have drains in place after surgery and they will be removed once the drainage is less than 15-20cc/ drain.

Breast Drain Removal After Breast Surgery

We will walk you through what to expect, from the initial visit through your recovery.

Life is an emotional rollercoaster; sometimes you feel up, and sometimes you feel down. This is exaggerated after any surgical procedure. We should keep the perspective that this is normal during the recovery process and that it will pass. Our office staff are here to help you get through the recovery process.

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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