Breast Augmentation After Care Instructions
General Post-Operative Instructions
It is important to read the general postoperative instruction sheet also. These plastic surgery postoperative instructions or cosmetic surgery postoperative instructions are meant to be as thorough and complete as possible. However, please don’t hesitate to call for any questions or concerns!
1.) Call for any problems, concerns, or issues.
2.) Call for fevers over 101.5°, excessive bleeding, or excessive pain.
Slowly advance diet as tolerated. Begin with liquids and light foods before progressing to a normal diet. Advancing too quickly can lead to nausea and vomiting. It is also good to have food in your stomach as this often helps with minimizing nausea with medications.
You have been given prescriptions by Dr. Saunders and they should be taken as described on the bottles. In general, the antibiotic is a mandatory medication, and the other medications are as needed. The as needed medications are usually taken for pain, nausea, anxiety, and muscle spasms. Please take them as described on the bottle. You can begin the antibiotic when you get home. If your stomach is upset it is okay to start this the next morning.
Bandages and dressings:
It is normal to have some bloody drainage. This is typical after surgery. In general slightly wet bandages do not have to be changed and are best left alone. Dr. Saunders will address the appropriate care of the bandages on your postoperative visit. If you decide to change your bandage, please wash your hands thoroughly. Do not touch the incision or drain tube where it goes in the skin. Please use sterile gauze.
Rest and relaxation are important after most operations. Dr. Saunders likes the mottos “slow and steady wins the race” and “the turtle wins the race.” Too much activity after surgery can be inappropriate. Shopping, cooking, laundry, and cleaning should be avoided until Dr. Saunders approves these activities. Most patients should rest on the couch or in bed. It is okay and good to get up and walk around your home or apartment. This is called early ambulation and minimizes risks of blood clots.
Please no heating pads, electric blankets, or hot water bottles to any surgical site. Refrain from sexual activity until further notice.
Follow up care:
Dr. Saunders sees most patients the day after surgery for a postoperative visit. Liposuction and rhinoplasty patients might be seen the Monday after surgery instead of the next day. Patients, however, are always allowed to come in for a visit if desired. If Dr. Saunders is operating the day after surgery you will be instructed to call or text his cell phone. He or the nurses will answer the phone and set up a visit time. Plastic surgery is an art and exactly predicting a visit is not possible. By calling or texting back and forth we strive to minimize any wait in the office for a postoperative visit.
Dr Saunders’ Cell Number 302-584-8407 (texting preferred!!)
Postoperative instructions: Breast Augmentation
It is important to read the general postoperative instruction sheet also. These plastic surgery postoperative instructions or cosmetic surgery postoperative instructions are meant to be as thorough and complete as possible. However please don’t hesitate to call for any questions or concerns!
“Simple Yet Strict”
Recovering from breast augmentation surgery can be surprisingly easy. Follow the simple instructions provided by Dr. Saunders. Yet these instructions are strict. They should be followed closely. These instructions are based on decades of experience. Please follow the instructions carefully and maximize your chance of healing uneventfully! No smoking, nicotine patches or nicotine gum until further notice! This is extremely important!
The ace wrap and bandages were done by Dr. Saunders personally. They can often feel tight which is normal. Because the implants go beneath the muscle, the wrap is often tight on top to help with settling or dropping of the implants. Try not to disrupt the bandage or to pull it down. If for some reason the bandage does become disrupted, do not touch incisions or the pain pump tubes. Re-wrap with the ace bandage to cover the breasts and incisions.
It is normal to have spotting of blood on the sides of the bandages. This is common. Please do not be alarmed.
The pain pump delivers lidocaine continuously for three days (or 72 hours). It is automatic and cannot be adjusted to increase the rate. Try not to pull out one of the tubes. If this accidentally happens please use the white clip inside the pouch to stop the flow of medicine. Please call Dr. Saunders or text him in the morning for further instructions.
The antibiotics are mandatory to take. The pain pill can help with postoperative pain and the Valium or diazepam can help with any muscle spasms felt. The Valium does help with overall pain in general. Excessive nausea and vomiting is almost always from the narcotic pain pill. This is an extremely common side effect. Having food in your stomach will help minimize the nausea and vomiting associated with the pain pill. Sometimes patients feel better switching to Tylenol or Motrin if nausea and vomiting is excessive.
Dr. Saunders will describe to you breast massage or implant displacement in the early postoperative period. This usually begins on the Monday after surgery.
Dr Saunders’ Cell 302-584-8407 (texting preferred)