Upon waking up from breast surgery, you will feel soreness in the treatment area and drowsiness from the anesthesia. You will be kept in a recovery room for a few hours, during which time Dr. Sundine’s staff will closely monitor you. You will be able to go home at the end of the day. Please be sure to arrange a ride as you will not be able to drive. Before leaving the recovery facility, you will be given detailed instructions on how to care for yourself during the first few days. Dr. Sundine will also give you a prescription medicine for pain, as well as antibiotics.
You will most likely be advised to stay home and rest for about a week. Most patients can return to work and other daily duties within seven to 10 days. You should not exercise or perform any strenuous physical activities for up to four weeks. Dr. Sundine will see you regularly to check on your healing progress. He will also show you various ways to massage your breasts so that your implants settle appropriately and give you the natural results you desire.
Strenuous activities and exercises are to be avoided until 3 weeks after surgery (heart rate should stay below 100 beats per minute). You may gradually resume normal daily activities after 3 days being careful to avoid any activity that causes pain or discomfort. You may begin your regular exercise routine 3 weeks after surgery, except for upper bodyweight training. Upper body weight training and push-ups should not be done until 6 weeks postoperatively. Particularly when implants are placed under the chest muscles, upper body weight training before 6 weeks could cause the implants to be pushed upwards.
You should plan to be off work for up to 5-7 days, although this can vary from person to person.
Driving may be resumed when a sharp turn of the steering wheel will not cause pain; this is usually within 5-7 days.
Call our office if you have any questions, if any problems should arise, or if you have been having any signs or symptoms of infection (redness, fever, drainage).
Breast implant massage should start 3-5 days after surgery. The purpose of these exercises is to keep the scar tissue that forms around implants as soft as possible. It is important to remember that a slow steady stretch is more effective than a quick jerky movement. Don’t worry about injuring the implant; you cannot cause a rupture with these exercises.
- Press the breasts slowly and maximally inwards (towards your breast bone) and hold for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat four times.
- Press the breasts apart slowly and maximally outwards and hold for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat four times.
- Repeat for downward movement.
- Repeat for upward movement.
One exercise includes all four series above, and for best results, should be performed in the following sequence as you heal:
- 10 exercises 3 times daily for 6 months.
- 10 exercises 2 times daily for another 6 months.
- 10 exercises once a day for life