Breast implants exchange procedure is similar to primary breast augmentation cosmetic surgery, but in some cases, it may be slightly more complicated or may involve breast lift as well. Recovery in case of breast implants exchange plastic surgery will vary from one patient to another, depending on the extent of surgery involved, skills of the cosmetic surgeon, and the natural healing ability of the patient. Dr. Hisham Seify is a board certified plastic surgeon providing breast implants exchange and other procedures to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding areas. During the initial consultation, Dr. Seify will discuss various aspects of the surgery, including the expected recovery process.
Immediate Post-surgery Phase
Once the breast implants exchange cosmetic surgery is completed, the staff will move the patient to a separate recovery area for close monitoring. The breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressing along with a bandage or surgical bra for support. The cosmetic surgeon will instruct the patient to use the surgical bra for several weeks to expedite healing. The patient is usually allowed to return home after a few hours of observation following surgery. However, the patient should have someone to drive her back home, and preferably stay overnight for assistance. Dr. Seify provides detailed post-op care instructions to his patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and other areas. He will also prescribe pain medications and antibiotic treatment for a few days to minimize the risk of infection. The date for a first follow-up visit the practice will also be given. Safer and faster recovery is possible when patients follow the post-surgery care instructions diligently.
First Week after the Procedure
Pain and soreness in the treated area will be there for the first five to seven days, which can be managed with pain medications. Bruising and swelling will be more conspicuous initially, but will begin subsiding from the second week. Major activities should be avoided for the first few days. Most patients may be able to go back to work within a week to 10 days. Lifting of heavy weights and aggressive exercises that put strain on the breasts should be avoided for at least one month. Tightness in the chest and restriction in breathing may occur in the first week, which is normal and will resolve on its own. The plastic surgeon may advise the patient to rest in semi-upright position for the first few days as far as possible in order to stay more comfortable.
Medications during Recovery
The patient may use prescribed medications or opt for over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen or paracetamol for the first few days under the surgeon’s advice. Patients with a history of liver, kidney, or stomach ailments should avoid ibuprofen.
Contacting the Surgeon
The plastic surgeon should be contacted immediately if the patient experiences unusual symptoms during the recovery period. These symptoms could include acute pain in the breasts, stinging or burning sensation that persists, excessive swelling in the breasts, high fever, or other such symptoms that cause unexplained discomfort persistently.
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