There are a variety of reasons that women opt for breast implant removal. Some women simply want a change while others experience complications from previous surgery. No matter your specific reasons, it’s important to make sure your recovery goes smoothly and successfully. As you plan your procedure with the help of Dr. Golosow, it can be helpful to know what to expect from your recovery so you can take the right steps for keeping yourself comfortable. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare.
After your procedure, you’ll need to follow some detailed instructions to make sure you enjoy a smooth and successful recovery. You’ll receive some care steps from our team, which will include considerations about:
- Medications to manage pain and swelling
- Taking care of dressings
- Managing drains and steps for emptying them
- Showering and bathing instructions
It’s important to follow these as best as you can– and make sure to ask questions about any concerns you have! You’ll be guided through your recovery process through follow-up appointments at our office to make sure everything is going smoothly. Additionally, you’ll have contact information so you can get answers at home while you rest.
In the majority of cases, your dressings and drains will be in place for about a week. These are usually removed by Dr. Golosow during your follow-up appointment. Returning to work is usually possible within a week if you work a non-physical job, but you may need to avoid certain activities while you heal. You can expect about one month for a full recovery, but your breasts may continue to change for longer as your body readjusts.
One of the most important parts of your recovery will be managing any pain and discomfort you’ll have as you recover. It’s important to take your prescribed medications according to Dr. Golosow’s instructions since they can also help manage swelling. When you’re comfortable, you’ll be able to relax better and get the rest you need, so make sure to take care of yourself and manage your pain as needed.
Most of us try to live a healthy lifestyle, but some lifestyle changes can assist your recovery from breast implant removal surgery. Eating healthy and getting the sleep you need will be integral to letting your body heal and get the nutrients it needs. If you normally live an active lifestyle, it’ll be very important to ease off on your regular regimen so that you don’t risk irritating your incisions and making it more difficult for your body to recover. Dr. Golosow can give you the ideal timeframe for how long you can expect to incorporate these changes.
The best way to learn more about breast implant removal surgery is by meeting with our board-certified plastic surgeon. To get started, we invite you to contact our Fort Myers area offices by calling or filling out our online form.