Breast Augmentation Recovery

The actual “full” recovery period from breast enhancement surgery is at least a year and this involves a gradual softening of the tissues around the breast implant and time for the implant to settle into its natural position. A significant amount of the recovery occurs within 2-3 months; but it will take the external scar a year to soften/mature and the internal tissues undergo similar softening. Immediately following breast implant placement, most implants will appear high up on the chest wall with a very rounded upper pole. Over the course of a year, this “implant look” will soften and the upper pole of the breast will develop a more natural slope with the breast mound assuming a more natural appearance as well.

Occasionally, the capsule around the breast doesn’t soften or becomes more firm and this is called capsular contracture. There may be some early treatment options for this and this will be discussed with your plastic surgeon during your early postoperative visits. Some of the long term adverse complications from breast augmentation surgery include capsular contracture (previously mentioned) or breast implant rupture. Rupture of a saline filled device is easy to determine as the breast loses volume. The larger the leak, the quicker the volume loss; but could be as quickly as a day or slowly decrease over several weeks. The usual treatment of a ruptured saline breast implant is to replace the device. This should be done relatively soon after diagnosed to minimize the shrinking of the capsule which may require more work to expand if allowed to shrink too much. Rupture of silicone gel devices are much more difficult to diagnose. Quite often patients will have a ruptured device for years and not note any difference in appearance or feel.

Diagnostic imaging is notoriously inadequate as there is no gold standard test which has a high sensitivity or specificity (low rate of false negative or false positive results). MRI scans are the most accurate but are only about 85 % specific for ruptured silicone gel and they are quite expensive. Mammography is excellent for detecting early breast CA; but not very helpful in detecting ruptured silicone gel breast implants. Most clinicians would recommend replacing a known ruptured silicone gel implant, but there is no proof or agreement of untoward sequelae from long term ruptured silicone gel causing physical symptoms or problems despite many anecdotal reports and junk science on the subject. Other long term potential breast augmentation complications are related to each patient’s own tissues and the loss of elasticity in those tissues. The amount of sagging which can occur in these tissues is also dependent upon whether the implants were placed above or below the muscle. Most plastic surgeons would agree that breast implants don’t last forever and the most recent studies suggest that most patients who have breast implants placed will have another breast implant operation during their lifetime. Breast augmentation surgery is a lifelong commitment and appropriate follow up should be anticipated.

Breast Lift Surgery

The plastic surgeon will perform specific measurements using the notch at the apex of the patient’s sternum as a fixed reference point to determine the amount of breast tissue, amount of breast skin, laxity of skin and sagginess (or ptosis) of the breasts. The ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery is a patient who has no ptosis or droopiness of their breasts and desires more volume or fullness of their breasts. Some patients experience deflation of their breasts following breast feeding and these can be ideal patients for breast augmentation as well. It is recommended that patients wait at least 6 months following breast feeding cessation before undergoing breast surgery. Other patients who never had adequate breast volume or have uneven breast volumes are also excellent candidates for breast augmentation surgery. It is not uncommon for a patient to think they desire a breast augmentation when, more appropriately, that patient needs a breast lift procedure. It usually takes considerable time to explain to a patient with sagging tissues how an implant may not improve the sagging and in some cases make it appear worse. The scars for a breast lift (mastopexy) surgery can be a considerable deterrent for patients who want to improve the appearance of their breasts. Discussing how a misshapen breast is not aesthetically pleasing even if there are minimal scars and the trade off of an aesthetically pleasing shape to the breast with scars is still a difficult decision for some patients.

All You Need To Know About Nose Job Recovery

Whether it’s medically necessary or cosmetic, recovering from surgery can be a struggle and take a lot of time. But knowing what to expect post-surgery makes recovery far easier to deal with and takes a lot of stress off the patient’s shoulders. It also helps someone better plan their surgery, so they can know how much time they need off of work and other activities as well. This article talks about nose job recovery; please read on…

With rhinoplasty, like all surgeries, recovery can be different for everyone. There are common recovery symptoms that many people experience, but it’s possible that the patient will not experience all of them, or may experience symptoms that are less common. It’s always important to follow doctor’s orders, but most people can return to work about 10 days after rhinoplasty.

Nose job recovery generally starts off with the doctor placing a splint on the nose, as well as packing in the nostrils. The splint provides two necessary requirements for nose job recovery: stability and protection. Because a rhinoplasty restructures the nose, it’s incredibly important to keep it safe and stable after the procedure. This is especially necessary for the first week when the nose is most vulnerable.

The packing, on the other hand, is meant to reduce swelling and deal with any bleeding. It is possible, depending on how the surgery goes, that a doctor may opt out of packing the nose. If packing is used, it is usually removed the next morning.

While the nose is recovering, it’s important to make sure that the patient doesn’t accidentally damage it themselves. While the splint is protecting the nose, some behaviours can cause problems or exacerbate bleeding.

If the stuffiness becomes a major problem, decongestants can help. However, try choosing a brand that doesn’t contain other active ingredients, as some of them can cause bleeding problems in post-surgery patients. A doctor or a pharmacist should be able to tell which medications are appropriate.

Even after the initial week of nose job recovery, it’s common to have bruising and swelling. Sometimes, the bruising will spread beyond the nose, leaving the patient with black eyes. This is normal. Cold compresses are great at reducing the swelling. If the swelling becomes a problem, a doctor may suggest other methods to alleviate it.

Another important part of nose job recovery is to keep the head elevated post-surgery. The amount of time is different for every patient, but the amount of time should be part of the doctor’s detailed post care instructions. In order to keep from causing trauma to the nose and to better keep the head elevated, the patient should sleep on their back until recovered.

While the splint does protect the nose, it’s not perfect. Avoiding trauma is key to nose job recovery, which means no rough sports or other activities which could damage the nose. Take special care for the entire period of recovery. Glasses should not be worn for about three weeks after surgery. If contact lenses aren’t a possibility and the patient cannot go without, the surgeon may be able to come up with a solution.

Nose job recovery takes time, like all surgeries. If the recovery seems atypical or if the patient develops a fever, they should contact their doctor. The benefits of rhinoplasty certainly outweigh the discomfort, though, as many patients attest to.

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