Breast Implant Care: What you Should Know

If you are considering getting breast implants then you will want to make sure that you maintain proper care of your new breasts to avoid a ruptured implant or significant discomfort. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that breast implantation is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. Still, there are many times that the patients who undergo this surgery are not told how to properly care for their new body. It is essential that those who receive a breast augmentation avoid strenuous activities after their surgery.

Breast care after surgery is different depending on whether the patient received silicone or saline implants. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says that about 69 percent of all breast implant procedures completed last year used silicone. No matter what sorts of implants you receive, it is important to remember that your breast implants may not last forever. You may need to replace the implants in the future. You can stretch the longevity of your breast implants by taking proper care after surgery.

Doctors say that patients need to avoid heavy lifting for at least three weeks after breast augmentation and should not work out during this time. Plastic surgeons also suggest that all breast augmentation patients avoid taking any medications and herbs that can cause blood clotting within the 10 days before surgery and a significant period of time after. Some medications that can be dangerous include aspirin, Motrin, vitamin E, fish oils, ibuprofen, and Aleve.

As well, plastic surgeons suggest that smoking may retard the body’s healing process, so it is best to refrain if possible. Once the healing process is completed, plastic surgeons say that it is best to jump right back into an active and healthy lifestyle. One of the best ways to preserve a breast augmentation is to maintain your weight. Patients who can maintain a healthy weight will often be able to enjoy the benefits of their surgery long into the future, whereas those that gain weight after surgery will have to have an additional corrective surgery soon after. If you need more information about recovering from a breast implant surgery or maintaining proper care of your body after a breast augmentation, talk to a Dr. Gorodisky, a board certified plastic surgeon today!

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