Breast Implant Removal Post-Operative Instructions
WHAT TO EXPECT
Depending on the size of the implant removed, your tissues may significantly relax and have an initial poor deflated appearance. This is typically temporarily and will improve over the next few weeks. You may have a drain. If you have a drain, the drainage should be light pink and watery. You can expect general mild swelling. You may have increased pain with getting up and down. Your appetite may be decreased. You may have mild temperature elevation. You may have mid-chest pain. Your chest might feel tight from the stretch of the implant.
You will be wearing a sports bra and or ace wrap after surgery. You may remove it to shower the day after surgery. Replace any wraps or bras as they were before you took your shower and wear it continuously otherwise.
You may become constipated due to the pain medications and should begin a stool softener (i.e. Colace) after surgery. If you have gone several days without a bowel movement and are feeling uncomfortable, you may want to consider using a glycerin suppository or Fleet’s enema (available at all drug stores).
WHAT TO DO
Take frequent short walks to help your circulation and to decrease the risk of blood clot formation in the legs. Walking also helps your breathing. Take frequent deep breaths. Drink abundant clear fluids. You may eat solids if you are hungry – light fare at first. Do not take your pain medications on an empty stomach. Eat a light snack, such as crackers, about 30 minutes before you take your medication.
Blot Dressings dry after showering. If the dressings and/or steri-strips come off, dress the wound with antibiotic ointment (Polysporin). Do not tub bathe until cleared by your doctor to do so.
No heavy lifting (>10 lbs), vigorous activity, or straining for three weeks.
WHEN TO CALL
If you develop severe shortness of breath or chest pain – call 911, then notify physician.
If you run a fever or have chills – call our office.
If you have markedly increased pain, bruising, swelling or bloody drainage– call our office.
If you develop leg swelling or pain – call our office.
If you have persistent nausea or vomiting – call our office.
If you are uncertain about a medication or treatment – call our office.
If you are experiencing any adverse symptoms or changes that you do not understand – call our office.