Helping Your Recovery
MyBreast wishes to make your recovery process as comfortable and as swift as possible. We place great importance on aftercare. Our lifetime aftercare policy, post-surgery advice, tips and instructions, are all designed to help you through your recovery.
After your breast surgery, we won’t just discharge you from our care; you can see your surgeon any time after your operation.
How long will my recovery take?
Your recovery time is dependent upon the type of surgical procedure carried out and your body’s natural ability to heal.
When can I return to work?
We normally advise one to two weeks off work as a guideline, taking into account the physical requirements and activity levels of your job. However, in instances following breast enlargement surgery, some women have been able to return to work in as little as two to three days.
The length of your recovery period tends to be faster if you are in good health before your operation. Your surgeon will advise on a recovery plan, providing advice on when it is best for you to return to work and what level of activity is appropriate.
Immediately after breast surgery you are bound to feel tired and your breasts might be a little swollen and uncomfortable.
Once you have passed the first two days of recovery you should start feeling considerably more comfortable. It is important not to engage in any strenuous activity for at least three to four weeks, a simple mantra to follow is: ‘If it hurts, don’t do it’
It is MyBreast’s aim to help you recover swiftly from your surgery. Consequently, we have given careful consideration to our recovery plan, offering you a detailed recovery and aftercare policy.
Post-surgery aftercare tips
The following guidelines are general recommendations. They may vary from surgeon to surgeon or depend upon your individual procedure. Your surgeon will give you more specific instructions.
1. Pain relief
Should you require pain relief, paracetamol is recommended. Please avoid aspirin-based medications as they may cause bleeding.
2. Returning to work
This will vary, depending on your surgery and nature of your job. Generally, we advise one to two weeks, but your surgeon will advise you on this matter in more detail.
Your scars will be firm and pink for about six weeks after surgery. These will improve and fade over several months. Scars can take up to a year or a year and a half to fully mature. You will be given scar care advice at your follow up appointments.
4. Sun exposure
Scars should be protected from sun exposure for at least the first year following surgery by either keeping them covered or using a total sun block.
5. Nutrition and hydration
To promote healing and prevent infection, it is important that you maintain a balanced nutritional diet and an adequate fluid intake. Following your surgery you may experience a loss of appetite. Try to eat little and often and ensure adequate hydration.
6. Activity level
After any operation it is important to maintain enough activity to prevent the unlikely occurrence of thrombosis (blood clots), chest infection or constipation.
If you feel tired after your operation, please listen to your body (and rest). This is perfectly normal and is often due to the side-effects of the general anaesthetic. Simply walking around the room every hour during the day is sufficient activity to assist circulation. Gently increase your level of activity every day.
Smoking can increase the risk of chest infection and bleeding, and can reduce the rate at which the wound heals. Smoking can also increase your chance of having a wound infection. If you smoke, we strongly advise you to reduce your cigarette intake or, if possible, stop completely before surgery.