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Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammaplasty) Post-Operative Instructions


  • Have someone drive you home after surgery and help you at home for 1-2 days.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Follow balanced diet.
  • Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may want to add more raw fruit to your diet, and be sure to increase fluid intake.
  • Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin.
  • Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.
  • Even when not taking pain medications, no alcohol for 3 weeks as it causes fluid retention.
  • If you are taking vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.
  • Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.


  • Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
  • Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
  • Do not drive until you have full range of motion with your arms.
  • Refrain from vigorous activity for 4 weeks.
  • Restrict excessive use of arms for at least 5-7 days.
  • No lifting above the head for 2 weeks.
  • Refrain from physical contact with breasts for 3-4 weeks.
  • Body contact sports should be avoided for 6-8 weeks.
  • Social and employment activities can be resumed in 3-10 days.

Incision Care

  • You may shower 48 hours after removal of the drainage tubes.
  • Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months.
  • Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).
  • Keep steri-strips on; replace if they come off.
  • Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.
  • No tub soaking while sutures or drains are in place.
  • You may pad the incisions with gauze for comfort.
  • Wear garments (bra, ace wrap, taping) as directed by surgeon.
  • Do not wear underwire bra.
  • Refrain from sleeping on your stomach for 3 weeks.

What To Expect

  • Expect some drainage onto the steri-strips covering the incisions.
  • You are likely to feel tired for a few days, but you should be up and around in 4-5 days.
  • Maximum discomfort will occur in the first few days after surgery.
  • You may experience some numbness
  • of nipples and operative areas.
  • You may experience a burning sensation in your nipples for about 2 weeks.
  • You may experience temporary soreness, tightness, swelling and bruising as well as some discomfort in the incision area.
  • Your breasts may be sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.


  • Most of the discoloration and swelling will subside in 4-6 weeks.
  • Scars may be red and angry looking for 6 months. In time, these usually soften and fade.

Follow-Up Care

  • Sutures will be dissolvable. They are under your skin and released at the end of each incision.
  • They are clear in appearance and will be trimmed to the skin line in 1-2 weeks.
  • Continue with routine mammograms at a radiology center where technicians are experienced in the special techniques required with implants.


  • If you have increased swelling or bruising.
  • If swelling and redness persist after a few days.
  • If you have increased redness along the incision.
  • If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.
  • If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.
  • If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees.
  • If you have any yellowish or greenish drainage from the incisions or notice a foul odor.
  • If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.
  • If you have loss of feeling or motion.

For medical questions, please call:

  • (734) 998-6022, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • After hours and on weekends, call Hospital Paging at (734) 936-6267 and ask for the Plastic Surgeon on call.
For adult appointments, please call 734.998.6022