Breast Augmentation FAQ
Swelling: When will it go away and is it normal?
Following your surgery it is normal for your breasts to be swollen. This swelling varies from person to person and can last up to 12 weeks but gradually resolves before then. As long as your swelling is reducing all is well. Be patient it takes time for your body to heal.
One breast is larger than the other: Is this normal?
Yes, most people notice a difference beforehand and now that your breasts have implants you may be more aware of this. Did you start with asymmetrical breasts? It could be that one side is more swollen. This will resolve spontaneously. Remember it was all about improvement not perfection. Adequate rest aids recovery. If you have one breast significantly more swollen than the other this is not normal and you should contact us.
Stitches: Can they break and the implant fall out?
Absolutely not. You have three layers of stitches, one at the bottom of the pocket, one in the fat layer and one in the skin. These dissolve at different rates and the only thing you may be aware of is a slight bumpy feeling along the wound around three to four weeks after surgery. This is just the skin stitch melting away and is normal.
Swelling in the tummy/sides of breasts:
This is normal following this type of surgery and will resolve within a few days.
This is caused by bruising and will resolve in a few days. Take regular pain tablets to combat this.
Electric shock sensation, burning or tingling: What are these and when do they stop?
Electric shock sensations are caused when the nerves are waking up and will gradually stop once the nerve pathways get back to normal, usually a few weeks. Numbness is also normal and will typically resolve over time. Cool packs work really well to soothe electric shock sensations or take Neurofen. Usually these types of odd sensations have completely disappeared by eight weeks after surgery.
Glugging sounds: My breasts are talking to me!!
Some people experience this and it can be very disconcerting. Try not to be worried, this is just some fluid or air trapped in the space around the implant and moves when you do. This will be absorbed by your body in due course and will not cause you any harm.
Sleeping: When can I lie on my side?
Whenever it is comfortable to do so. Most people will achieve this between 10 and 14 days after surgery. If you don’t manage by then it doesn’t mean there is anything wrong, just more healing time is required. Try using a pillow to support your upper arm, this often helps relieve the pressure.
Lifting: How long until I can lift heavy items?
It is recommended that you avoid lifting anything over 10kgs for the first 4 weeks. If your type of work involves lifting ask the nurse about a letter for work requesting light duties. If you have small children be creative. You will be surprised how independent your two year old can be if you can’t lift them into the car seat or into bed. Get down to their level for hugs or nappy changes rather than lifting them to yours. Talk to the nurse about ways of lifting small children without straining yourself. This is a good time for your partner to get right into child care while you put your feet up.
When can I go back to the gym and what about swimming? Do not engage in strenuous aerobic exercise or contact sports for 6 weeks post operatively and when you do you should be wearing a properly fitted sports bra. Before this time it is ok to do lower body work after 2 weeks. No upper body weights for 6 weeks. Swimming after 2 weeks is ok but make sure your wounds are completely healed before you decide to swim particularly in public pools, spas or the sea. Shower as soon as you have finished. Do not get too hot and sweaty during the first two weeks post operatively this can slow down the healing process. This does not mean you can’t participate in anything active. On the contrary a walk at the coolest time of day is extremely beneficial for body and soul.
Infection: How will I know if I have an infection?
Everyone worries about infection following surgery. Try not to be too concerned about it but be vigilant about checking your wounds daily. The signs will usually be as follows: Redness, either along the wound or on the breast, hot to the touch, more painful than usual and sometimes swollen. You may feel unwell and have a fever, there may be oozing from the wound or discoloration. Any of these signs can indicate infection and you should call the office on 1300 588 494 immediately. Please don’t wait, if you see these signs it is really important to receive treatment as soon as possible. If your problem arises out of hours or over the weekend call Dr Beldholm on his mobile number.
Moisturizing and massaging: When should I start doing this?
Moisturizing can start as soon as you like with whatever you like but not on the wound. Massaging – NOT AT ALL. The furry implants you have chosen do not require any massage despite what your friends or the web advise. Ask the nurse for more information about this if you are confused.
Bras: Can I wear one?
Yes, if you want to. We advise you to choose a soft cotton type which is not too restrictive and more important, it should be comfortable. Most people find a crop top is perfect for the first few weeks until the swelling has gone down. There are a few good ones available namely the Jockey and Bonds brands at Big W and the Berlie at DJ’s and Myers. At about 6 weeks post op you will be ready to be measured for those gorgeous bras you have been dying to get into. Go to a reputable shop and get a proper measure and fit before purchasing. If you do gym work you will also need a sports bra. Unless you have been advised to specifically wear a bra whether you do or do not, will not affect your final result.
When do I need to see the doctor again?
Dr. Beldholm usual follow up is at 1, 3 and 6 months. Usually Dr. Beldholm will like to see you on the first post operative day as well to make sure that there are no issues. Our Staff and Dr. Beldholm are available every day to advise and support you through the recovery period. If you have a concern or just need to ask a question call the office and we will usually be able to assist you. We are happy to put your mind at rest if something is worrying you. Should you need to come in to see us we always have appointments available and can arrange for you to see the doctor if it is necessary.
These are the most relevant questions asked during the one week post operative appointment with Dr. Beldholm. The bottom line is –IF YOU ARE WORRIED CALL US.