After the breast implants procedure – what to expect

Breast enlargement patients in Perth will be mobile immediately and can resume driving, light activities and light exercise such as walking with two weeks. They can usually return to normal activities and exercise within four to six weeks after breast augmentation surgery. Most patients are recommended to take around one to two weeks off work after the breast augmentation surgery depending on the physical demands of their job.

Whilst breast augmentation scars are not completely predictable, most are barely visible and easily concealed in time.  They may appear pink and slightly thickened for a few weeks to months after the breast augmentation surgery but will usually fade to be pale and soft by around three to six months.  Their final appearance may take up to eighteen months to achieve.  Most patients experience very minimal scarring in the longer term.

Risks of breast augmentation

All surgical procedures carry some risks. These are discussed in detail during the consultation and a written list of the main things to consider will usually be given at the initial consultation.

Some of the risks include:

  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation may occur but are usually temporary.
  • Breast implants do not affect pregnancy or significantly change the ability to breast-feed.
  • After a breast implant is inserted, a scar capsule forms around it.

This is normal and is part of the natural healing process. In some patients, the capsule may become thicker and contracted.  This may compress the implant resulting in a breast which feels firmer than normal. If this capsular contracture is severe, it may cause discomfort and significant distortion of the breast’s appearance. In these cases, additional surgery may be needed to modify or remove scar tissue, or perhaps remove and replace the breast implant.  This process usually takes years to see.  The risk is usually about 10% at the 10-year mark after surgery.

  • Breast implants can make performing and reading mammograms technically difficult. Placement of the breast implant underneath the pectoralis muscle may interfere less with mammographic examination.
  • Pregnancy can alter breast size in an unpredictable way and could affect the long-term results of breast surgery

Breast Augmentation FAQs

Can I drink after breast augmentation surgery?

No, it is very dangerous to drink alcohol while you’re recovering from breast augmentation surgery. During your recovery, you will be required to take prescription painkillers and antibiotics.

Combining alcohol with this medication doesn’t just impact the effectiveness of your medication which will hamper your recovery; it can be dangerous because it can lead to side effects like extreme drowsiness and accidental overdose.

Avoid alcohol until your surgeon says it’s safe to drink again, and focus on eating clean and hydrating so that your body heals.

Getting breast augmentation surgery in Perth

If you are considering breast augmentation, you should visit a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr Hanikeri has many years of experience helping women achieve their desired outcome. To find out more, or to request a consultation, please contact us today.