Dr. Patrick Briggs Talks About Recovery Phase After Breast Augmentation

Dr. Patrick Briggs always tells his clients that it will usually take about 12 months before they can fully, and he means 100%, recover from a breast augmentation surgery. This comes after the fact that the latest innovations these days have helped patients recover faster after getting a surgery. Also, even though the good doctor gives this important reminder all the time, it is also true that there are several patients who were able to get back on their feet and performed their usual routines quicker than expected.

Setting Expectations

According to Dr. Briggs, the muscle’s response to the trauma it sustained after the placement of the implants under the chest wall’s muscle is spasm. We all know that having a spasm is an extremely unpleasant feeling. He suggested to stretch and move the affected muscles regularly because it can help manage and reduce the pain felt by the patient. Within a couple of hours following the patient’s return to the ward after surgery, the nurse would show some exercises that the patient needs to do every hour within four days after the surgery. This would help increase the patient’s chance to have a rapid recovery after having a breast augmentation surgery.

Post-Op Pain

The experiences, pain, and feeling of each patient who get this service vary. Furthermore, their pain threshold is also different from one another. Some may be very sensitive even to mild pain while others might have a high pain tolerance. Here are a few things that patients experience after breast augmentation.

Soreness, Swelling, and Bruising

Patients may feel some soreness or a bit of pressure on their chest. They may also experience some sort of numbness in the area affected. However, that is not something to worry about because it normal sensation would return within weeks or months. Swelling is also expected but, it is impossible to predict the amount of swelling that will occur. Patients may also see some bruising and experience shooting pains. The latter will eventually disappear after several weeks or a few months.

Lightheartedness and Itchiness

Patients may also feel lightheaded a few weeks after the surgery. Be sure to take your prescribed painkillers and avoid staying up late because this can make the situation worse. During the healing process, the incision made would feel itchy, which is normal. Never scratch the area because doing so could lead to the introduction of bacteria into the incision and opening of the incision. Patients can place an ice pack to manage the itch and minimize the urge to scratch.

Bloating and Backache

Bloating and backache are also common during the recovery period. The IV fluids that were given to the patient during surgery is the known culprit behind bloating. Meanwhile, backaches are also typical during this phase, particularly of women who had “under” implants. Since it would be uncomfortable to lay on their back, patients are advised to shift from one side to another regularly. Some sleep in a reclining position, which also places some pressure on the back. It is also quite common for women to walk around with their shoulders curved forward. It is like the body’s normal reaction to protect the swollen and sore breast after surgery. The problem with this is that it does not help with anything. It just actually adds to the backache problems that patients have to endure during the recovery period.