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After Breast Surgery

  • Simple pain killers like paracetamol and Ibuprofen given on discharge.
  • Any bleeding, discharge, undue pain or unusual breast hardness after surgery; please contact the team straightaway.
  • Dressing are removed about ten days, elasticated sports bra recommended on discharge to provide support, reduce discomfort and settle the swelling earlier.
  • It is common to have swelling and bruising after any form of breast surgery.
  • It is quite important to use and move your shoulder after breast surgery.
  • Do not drive during the first couple of weeks after surgery.
  • It is advisable to avoid unnecessary activity, stretching or any strenuous exercise for at least the first few weeks.
  • For sedentary occupations, you can return to work in 2-3 weeks. You will know when you are ready and do listen to your body.
  • Massage with a good brand moisturizing cream which helps the scars to settle down. This should be started about one week after wound healing.
  • Protect the scars from the sun by using sun-block for at least 1 year.
  • Bra measurement advisable at 3 months when the any swelling is settled.
  • If the scars are getting lumpy they may need additional care or treatment.

Secondary Surgery (3-6 months later)

Breasts are rarely symmetrical and the differences in both sides can become heightened after reconstruction. The need for further surgery is dependent on your preference, expectations and desired end point. Most patients require one to two more minor symmetrisation procedures to complete their reconstruction. The end results are often excellent but can take up to 2 years to achieve.

  • The opposite breast will often benefit from a breast uplift or reduction to match up to the reconstructed side.
  • The reconstructed breast may require nipple reconstruction, liposuction, lipomodelling and scar revision to complete the journey.