7 Essential Tips for a successful recovery from breast surgery

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    1. Follow the Surgeons instructions: Your surgeon will provide detailed post-operative instruction tailored to your specific case. It is crucial to follow these instructions diligently. They may include guidelines regarding dressings, wound care, medication, supportive bra use, activity restrictions and follow-up appointments. Adhering to these instructions will promote proper healing and minimise the risk of complications.
    2. Take adequate rest: Rest is essential for a speedy recovery. Allow yourself ample time to rest and heal during the initial days following surgery. Avoid any strenuous activities, lifting heavy objects or engaging in exercise until your surgeon gives you the green light. Remember that everyone’s recovery time may vary so listen to your body and give it the rest it needs. This is true in the early postoperative period even if you feel well and want to get out to do something more strenuous. Always check with your surgeon.
    3. Manage pain and discomfort: Breast surgery can cause some discomfort and pain during the recovery period. Your surgeon will prescribe appropriate pain medications to help manage any discomfort. Take these medications as directed and if you experience any severe or prolonged pain inform your surgeon promptly. Additionally applying ice packs or using cold compresses on the breasts can help reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.
    4. Maintain proper wound care: Proper wound care is crucial for minimising the risk of infection and promoting healing. Follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding dressing changes, cleaning the incision sits and avoiding any unnecessary trauma to the surgical areas. Be vigilant about maintaining good hygiene and keep an eye out for any signs of infection such as excessive redness, swelling or discharge. If you notice any concerning changes contact your surgeon immediately.
    5. Wear a supportive bra: Wearing a supportive bra as recommended by your surgeon is vital during the recovery period. A well fitted supportive bra can provide comfort, reduce swelling and aid in maintaining the shape of your breasts. Avoid underwire bras initially as they may irritate the incision sites. Opt for soft breathable bras made of non-abrasive materials. Your surgeon may recommend a particular bra and will usually want you to wear it day and night until they inform you otherwise. This is crucial to the cosmetic success of your surgery.
    6. Adopt healthy lifestyle habits: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can significantly contribute to your recovery. Eat a balanced diet rich in nutrients, vitamins and protein to aid in tissue repair. Stay hydrated and limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeine as they can interfere with the healing process. If you smoke it is imperative to quit smoking or at least avoid smoking during the recovery period as smoking can impair healing and increase the risk of complications.
    7. Seek emotional support: Recovering from breast surgery can be an emotional journey, It is normal to experience a range of emotions during this time. Seek support from your loved ones, join support groups or consider talking to a counsellor or therapist who specialises in post-operative care. Taking care of your emotional well-being will contribute to a positive recovery experience.

Recovering from breast surgery requires patience, self care and adherence to your surgeons’s instructions. By following these 7 essential tips you can help ensure a successful recovery and achieve the best possible outcomes following breast surgery. Remember to consult with your surgeon if you have any concerns or questions during your recovery journey. Together you and your surgeon can work towards a safe and satisfying recovery from your breast surgery.  If you wish to learn more why not come and see me http://www.drseni.com/contact 

Seni Mylvaganam

Consultant Oncoplastic Reconstructive and Cosmetic Breast Surgeon


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Breast surgery as any surgery is not without risk. These risks and the relative chance of them happening for you will differ dependent on the type of surgery you have and also personal risk factors. Risks of breast surgery can be early risks related to the surgery itself or longer term risks such as cosmetic changes related to ageing.

Infection and poor wound healing are a risk in all breast procedures whether it is for breast cancer or for cosmetic reasons. Cosmetic surgery has a lower risk of this but it is increased if you are a smoker or have other medical problems which may effect healing such as diabetes. Every breast procedure will have a long list of possible risks or complications however most of them can be quite rare.

Your surgeon will be able to guide you through the individual risks for your chosen procedure explaining about likelihood of occurrence and what that could mean for you if the complication occurs.

This can be a difficult question to answer. In the cosmetic setting your surgeon will listen to you about what you wish to achieve focusing on shape and volume. They will then examine and assess your chest frame to determine what range of implants are suitable for you to compliment your body shape without risk of long term poor cosmetic results.

Implants vary by brand, surface texture, volume and projection. The choices available within each of these categories can be extensive. The right implant for you will be based on a collaborative discussion between you and your surgeon to select the right implant, volume, shape and projection to be the best fit to meet your cosmetic needs.

Same day cosmetic surgery is generally very safe. Your surgeon will discuss with you specific risks which will be related to the surgery that is to be undertaken and the individual risks that may be more specific to you. This can often be related to any other medical conditions you have or if you are a smoker.

Following surgery you are observed for 2-4 hours afterwards to ensure you have recovered from the anaesthetic and there are no immediate post operative complications. If you are then deemed fit to be discharged you will be able to leave with further post operative instructions to guide you at home and also contact details should you experience any problems at home and need further medical advice. You will be required to have a responsible adult stay with you for the first night after surgery to be eligible to be discharged on the same day of your surgery.

The purpose of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery is different. Cosmetic surgery has a goal of improving the cosmetic appearance by complimenting and modifying the shape and/or size of your natural breasts. Reconstructive surgery is primarily considered for patients who may require or have a mastectomy(removal of all breast tissue). This can be for a number of reasons but primarily is for the treatment of breast cancer or risk reduction if patients have a gene defect making them much more at risk of developing breast cancer. Reconstructive surgery involves the recreating of a breast mound and shape. The cosmetic goals in reconstructive surgery can be quite different to cosmetic breast surgery due to the effects of cancer treatments and the loss of all breast tissue often preventing an optimal natural appearance to be achieved.

Both types of surgery can use implants and fat grafting but reconstructive surgery can also be undertaken by moving your own tissue from another area to recreate the breast.

If you are experiencing a breast symptom such as a new lump, skin or nipple change, nipple discharge, breast shape change, armpit lumps or breast/chest swelling in men then this clinic appointment will aim to address these and other breast symptoms. I will undertake a detailed assessment of the symptoms, screen for the need for genetic risk assessment and examine you. Based on this I will give you a clear explanation of that assessment.

I will inform you as to any diagnosis reached or the need for any imaging, which could be a breast ultrasound or mammogram to help reach that diagnosis. This may also be complimented by a tissue biopsy to confirm any diagnosis. Following any diagnosis I will discuss with you a plan of treatment or reassurance as necessary.

Breast symptoms are extremely common and can range from noticing a difference in the appearance or texture of your breasts to new lumps, nipple changes and breast pain. All breast symptoms should be reviewed by either your GP or a breast surgeon. However this does not mean to say that your symptom is likely to represent a worrying change such as cancer.

MOST breast symptoms are either the result of a normal variation in the tissues that comprise your breast or to a family of conditions that are collectively called benign breast disease. In my breast reassurance clinic I will be able to assess you and provide a diagnosis and explanation for your symptoms or if necessary, further assess the symptoms if a cancer is suspected. It is much more likely your breast symptoms are not due to breast cancer but please do be assessed for any new symptoms.

Choosing to have breast augmentation is a very personal decision. Your surgeon should guide you through this process. By doing this they should help you to decide firstly whether it is right for you and then guide you through your vision for the final look and how to achieve it. I always aim to really understand what the final desired appearance is wanted right up to the smallest detail. We discuss this based on the shape including cleavage, appearance in and out of clothes and then also volume. Following this discussion to achieve your look we may also discuss performing a small uplift as well as the use of implants.

I will always be honest about what can be expected and whether your vision of the final look is possible and responsible to achieve whilst respecting your body shape and frame. A library of my work will also be available for you to view. Beyond this it is also crucial that your surgeon discusses with you the potential risks of the surgery which should include short term and what may happen in the long term. With this entire discussion you will develop a rapport and relationship with your surgeon. You can then decide if that surgeon is the right one for you or not.

Breast augmentation surgery can be undertaken as a day case procedure. Hence you can go home the same day once you have had a period of observation after surgery. You will be fitted with a surgical bra and a binder which can be purchased by yourself or provided at the hospital. The binder provides gentle pressure from above the implants ensuring they remain in the optimal position whilst healing occurs. Please aim for about 4-6 weeks of recovery before getting back to anything strenuous such as the gym or long runs. If returning to work this can be done after 1-2 weeks but ensure you only undertake light manual labour activities.

I will ask you to wear the surgical bra as much each day and night as possible for 6 weeks to provide the best cosmetic result. Upon review during your recovery I will inform you as to when to remove the binder.



Breast Reassurance

Breast symptom assessment utilising the national standard of triple assessment (clinical hist...

Breast Cancer Care

Treatment of breast cancer including a full range of oncoplastic and breast reconstruction techniques.

Cosmetic Breast Surgery

Surgery to change the appearance of your breasts adjusting volume, shape and cleavage.