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SURGICAL BREAST AUGMENTATION

You're in excellent hands when you choose Clareo Centers for Aesthetic Surgery! Your surgeon is highly experienced in performing breast augmentations and will make sure you're well taken care of.

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In Case of Emergency

If you experience any shortness of breath, excessive bleeding, or severe pain, please call our office immediately. Don’t ignore any of these symptoms. We will guide you on the next steps if you experience any of these signs.

Important Instructions

Appointment Timeline

24 Hours Post Surgery

At your 24-hour post-op appointment, your surgeon will check your incisions and drain any remaining fluid from the area. You will also be able to shower for the first time since surgery.

6-10 Weeks Post Surgery

At your 6-10 week post-op appointment, your surgeon will check your incisions and remove any remaining stitches. They will also let you know when it will be okay for you to stop wearing a support bra. You will also discuss your overall experience and results with your surgeon at this time.

6 Months Post Surgery

At your 6 month post-op appointment, your surgeon will check your incisions and assess how they are healing.

1 Year Post Surgery

At your 1 year post-op appointment, your surgeon will check your incisions and assess how they are healing. If you have any concerns or questions you have about your results, this is the perfect time to discuss.

Medications

Pain Medication

You will be given a prescription for pain medication to help you with the discomfort you may experience in the first few days following. Take this medication as directed in order to keep your pain under control.

Antibiotics

You will also be given a prescription for antibiotics to help prevent infection. It is important that you take all of the antibiotics as directed to prevent any complications.

Sleep Aid

If you find it difficult to sleep in the first few nights following surgery, you may take a sleep aid as needed.

Your doctor will advise you on when to start or restart your medication. You will also be given instructions about any new medicine.

If you think your pain medicine is making you sick to your stomach:

Allergies: If you told us before your operation that you were allergic to any of the above drugs, we offered a suitable alternative. If this is the case, follow the directions on your medicine bottle. You may be having an allergic reaction if you develop hives or itching after taking a medicine. Please stop using the medication and contact us right away if this happens.

Medication Usage: Take pain medication with food. Pain medications and reduced activity may cause constipation. Fresh fruit (not bananas) might naturally prevent constipation. If you need a laxative, you can get one over the counter at the pharmacy. For four weeks after surgery, DO NOT take aspirin or aspirin-containing medication; this includes Motrin/Advil/ibuprofen. You can try Tylenol as an alternative.

Arnica

Arnica is an herbal supplement that can be taken either prescription or over-the-counter. It is often used to help reduce bruising and swelling. The recommended dosage is 3-5 pellets dissolved under the tongue three times per day.

Celecoxib (Celebrex)

Celecoxib is a prescription medication that is used to treat pain and inflammation. The recommended dosage is 100 - 200 mg.

Cephalexin (Kevlex)

Cephalexin is a prescription antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections. The recommended dosage is 250-500 mg 4 times daily.

Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen

Hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Lortab, Vicodin) is a prescription medication that is used to treat pain. It is a narcotic and can be addictive. The recommended dosage is 5-10 mg every 4-6 hours as needed for pain. Alternatives include ibuprofen or Tylenol.

Post-Op Considerations

Activity

Start slow with your activity. Gradually increase what you do each day as tolerated.

You may walk and climb stairs as tolerated. No heavy lifting (> 10 lbs), pushing, or pulling for four weeks after surgery.

Bathing

You may shower 48 hours after surgery. Gently clean your incisions with soap and water. Do not soak in a tub, go swimming, or use a hot tub until your doctor says it is okay.

Diet

You may return to your regular diet as tolerated.

Driving

You should not drive while taking pain medication. Once you are no longer taking pain medication, you may drive.

Incision Care

Keep your incisions clean and dry. Use warm, soapy water on a clean washcloth or cotton pad and clean the wound.

Swelling

It is normal to have some swelling after surgery. You can help reduce the swelling by wearing a special supportive surgical bra that will gently compress the breasts.

Tanning

You should not tan (this includes sun, tanning beds, and self-tanning products) until your doctor clears you to do so (usually after three weeks).

Undergarments

It’s vital to wear a supportive surgical bra after your surgery.

Post-Recovery and Maintenance

After the first year, you will need to see your doctor for an annual checkup. You should also have X-rays every few years to ensure the breast implants are still in place. You may need more surgery to adjust or replace the implants at some point.

Maintaining your breast implants is crucial to ensure they last as long as possible. Here are some tips for post-recovery and maintenance:

  • Wear a supportive bra: Wearing a supportive bra helps to reduce the amount of movement of the implants, which can help extend their life.
  • Be gentle with your breasts: Avoiding high-impact exercise and other activities that can jar or jostle your breasts can help prevent premature wear and tear.
  • Maintain a healthy weight: Maintaining a healthy weight helps reduce the stress on your implants.
  • Monitor your implants: Be sure to regularly check your implants for any signs of leaking or rupture. If you notice anything unusual, be sure to contact your doctor immediately.
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