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  1. Have someone drive you home after surgery and help you at home for 1-2 days. Get plenty of rest.
  2. Take pain medication as prescribed even if no pain;these help to reduce swelling as well. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin.
  3. Wear the surgical Bra 24×7 except for showering. You may remove the bra at night after 2 weeks.
  4. Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.
  5. Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.


  • Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
  • Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics). Do not drive until you have full range of motion with your arms.
  • Refrain from vigorous activity for 4 weeks.
  • Restrict excessive use of arms for at least 5-7 days.
  • No lifting above the head for 2 weeks.
  • Refrain from physical contact with breasts for 3-4 weeks.
  • Body contact sports should be avoided for 6-8 weeks.
  • Social and employment activities can be resumed in 3-10 days.


  • You may shower after 48 hours.
  • Keep steri-strips on;replace if they come off.
  • Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection using a mirror.
  • No tub soaking or swimming for 2 weeks
  • You may pad the incisions with gauze for comfort.
  • Wear garments (bra, ace wrap, taping) as directed by surgeon.
  • Do not wear underwire bra.
  • Refrain from sleeping on your stomach for 3 weeks.


  • Expect some drainage onto the steri-strips covering the incisions.
  • You are likely to feel tired for a few days, but you should be up and around in 4-5 days.
  • Maximum discomfort will occur in the first few days after surgery.
  • You may experience some numbness of nipples and operative areas.
  • You may experience a burning sensation in your nipples for about 2 weeks.
  • You may experience temporary soreness, tightness, swelling and bruising as well as some discomfort in the incision area.
  • Your breasts may be sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.


  • Most of the discoloration and swelling will subside in 4-6 weeks.
  • Scars may be red and angry looking for 6 months. In time, these usually soften and fade.


  • Sutures will be dissolvable. They are under your skin.
  • Continue with routine mammograms at a radiology center where technicians are experienced in the special techniques required with implants. The first mammogram should not be before 6 months.
  • Visit your surgeon annually for a review.


  • If you have increased swelling or bruising.
  • If swelling and redness persist after a few days.
  • If you have increased redness along the incision.
  • If you have asymmetrical bruise or swelling indicating a bleeding in the implant cavity.
  • If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.
  • If you have any side effects to medications;such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.
  • If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees F.
  • If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.
  • If you have any yellow, green or dirty looking discharge from wound.