XL Breast Augmentation Post-Op FAQ
Q: How long do I need to be off of work? A: It is recommended that you take one week off of work after XL 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. After 4 weeks, a comfortable non-underwire bra with support is OK. Q: When can I start to exercise? A: Dr. Pousti does not recommend heavy weight lifting or strenuous exercise until 6 weeks after the procedure. Patients may resume lower body exercise 10 days post-surgery. Q: When can I shower after this procedure? A: It is recommended not to fully shower until the tapes are removed approximately 4-6 weeks post-op. 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. Q: Do I have stitches that have to be removed? A: No sutures need to be removed for this surgery- they dissolve. Q: Do I have to do any special exercises to massage the implants? A: There will be exercises that Dr. Pousti and his office staff will review with you. Generally, we perform downward massage for XL breast augmentation patients to help with the settling of the breast implants into the pocket that was created. Follow your surgeon’s advice as to how long and how forcefully to perform the breast massage.
Post op Downward Massage Video