from TUBA is often less demanding and uncomfortable on the
patient than standard incision techniques, transumbilical breast
augmentation is still surgery. And with surgery
comes responsibility, the need for downtime and the need for
physical self-care different from what you are accustomed to.
First and foremost, you simply must
abide by your surgeon's instructions. This is very
important as your surgeon knows best what you may need to do or
not do in order to increase your chances of a positive result
and general good health. Post-operative care includes taking
it easy. Your body needs time to heal and its energy
must be spent on recovery. Feed your body good, healthful
foods--snacks are fine but should not dominate your diet.
A balanced diet and plenty of water will help your body heal itself.
Be sure that you take all of your
prescribed medications on time and as directed. Do not
miss antibiotics or other necessary medications and be sure to
take your pain medications as prescribed so that you are never
in any pain. Discomfort when you move can be expected but
if you experience any overwhelming pain please contact your
Attend all of your post-operative
appointments, this is important to gauge your progress so that
your surgeon may make necessary adjustments if need be. If
you were instructed, be sure to perform your massage exercises
or other instructions to help your breasts drop into place or
What To Expect Initially
When you initially awake, you may be very disoriented depending
upon the anesthesia used, or medications administered while you
were sedated. You will more than likely feel a little
discomfort or a pressure sensation on your chest--or you may
feel nothing. If you are in pain, alert the recovery nurse
so that you may be given a pain reliever.
You may also feel a little cold
and nauseous. If this is so, you should alert the recovery nurse so that
she or he may give you another blanket or turn up the heat
lamp. If you are sick you may be given a little bit of
water or nausea medication.
You may also feel emotional,
regretful and even cry--this is all very normal if you experience it
as aesthesia can make us very confused and distressed.
These feelings will subside in a few days.
You will probably feel
discomfort when you get home; more than likely you will sleep
for several hours. Be sure you take your prescribed
medications on time. After you eat a little something and
take your medications you can relax or sleep as you see
fit. Just make sure you have someone near you if you have
to get up to go to the bathroom or get something to eat, you can
become very dizzy and may fall. If you feel disoriented it
is more than likely from the medications and/or
anesthesia. It is best to take pain medications on a full
or slightly full stomach so that you do not experience the
possible negative side effects. If you feel rather
disoriented yet pain-free after taking your medications, perhaps
considering breaking it in half until you become accustomed to
If you have any problems or
concerns or experience anything you consider out of the
ordinary, please contact your surgeon at once. He or she
will more than likely contact you the night after surgery to
check your status and to answer any questions. But even
after hours, if you have a problem contact your surgeon's office
who will direct you to the emergency number. Better yet,
have the emergency numbers and protocol handy in the event
something happens. Don't ever feel silly if you have a
true concern and need to contact your surgeon or visit the E.R.
This your life and I assure you that your surgeon would rather be alerted
than not if there is something amiss.
For support during your recovery
time, we advise you to visit our Breast
Augmentation & Breast Implants Discussion Forum.
Many patients are feeling the same way as you are at this very
same moment and are at various stages of the recovery
period. It is often helpful and comforting to speak with
patients who are going through the exact same experience as you
about the procedure
risks & complications
(Updated on 02/23/10)
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