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Breast Implant Removal Recovery – Healing and Progress


Posted February 23, 2024 in Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal, also known as an explantation, removes previously placed breast implants. No matter the reasons for choosing to have your breast implants removed, many patients opt for this procedure to restore their breasts to a more natural or smaller appearance or alleviate discomfort or potential illnesses associated with implants. The recovery process following breast implant removal is straightforward. It typically involves a similar recovery and discomfort level as experienced after augmentation, meaning swelling, bruising, and soreness will occur. Naturally, breast implant removal recovery varies from patient to patient, and understanding the general aspects of the surgery can help you to determine if it is right for you and prepare for it.

The Initial Days of Recovery After Breast Implant Removal

During the first few days following breast implant removal, it is crucial to manage any discomfort, which should be minimal, and mitigate swelling. In the first 24 to 48 hours post-surgery, it’s normal to experience varying degrees of discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Your plastic surgeon will likely prescribe a short-term dose of pain medication to alleviate any post-operative pain. Applying ice packs and cold compresses to the chest can help reduce swelling and provide relief. 

Giving your body the rest it needs for healthy healing is essential. Avoid partaking in strenuous activities and even simple household chores during this time. You will also need to continue wearing a supportive surgical bra, which will help minimize swelling and provide comfort since it creates compression. Following these post-operative care instructions and others that your surgeon recommends is key to ensuring a smooth and easy recovery process.

Post-Operative Care and Dressings After Breast Implant Removal

After your breast implant removal surgery, taking the proper measures and care is crucial, especially when caring for your dressings. Your surgeon will give specific instructions about the dressings, how and when to change them, and how to care for the incision sites. When you wake from surgery, dressings, which typically consist of medical-grade tape and gauze on top of stitches, will cover the incision sites. As you are healing, keeping the incision sites clean and dry is vital to prevent a possible infection. Always gently clean the area around the incisions with mild soap and water as directed, and gently pat dry the area well. Avoid excessive moisture and follow any additional wound care instructions provided to promote proper healing after breast implant removal.

Minimizing Discomfort and Swelling After Breast Implant Removal

Minimizing discomfort and swelling is a priority during a breast implant removal recovery. You can take several steps to reduce swelling, such as applying cold compresses or ice packs to the chest, which helps constrict blood vessels and decrease inflammation, relieving pain or discomfort. It’s important to avoid taking blood thinners, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, which can exacerbate bruising and swelling. Additionally, there are certain foods and supplements, such as garlic, ginger, and fish oil, that you’ll want to steer clear of because they have natural blood-thinning properties.

Hygiene and Wound Care After Breast Implant Removal

Proper hygiene and wound care are crucial during a breast implant removal recovery. Keeping the incisions clean is important to prevent infection, and how you do it makes all the difference. A gentle approach using only warm water and mild soap is best for cleaning the area around the incision sites. You’ll need to handle the incisions delicately to avoid irritation or damage to the healing tissues. Additionally, as advised, applying the recommended skincare products, such as antibiotic ointments or moisturizers, can promote healing and prevent infections. Always follow the instructions provided by your surgeon regarding the application of these products to ensure optimal wound care. 

Pain Management and Medication After Breast Implant Removal

A paramount part of a successful breast implant removal recovery is pain management, which is essential for a comfortable recovery. You will be prescribed pain medication to help manage any postoperative discomfort, but some patients find that they don’t need it. Regardless, it is crucial to follow the prescribed medication schedule diligently to ensure timely relief from pain and only to take the medication for the period your surgeon suggests. Additionally, open communication with your surgeon about your pain threshold levels and any known side effects related to pain medication should be discussed with your surgeon. By following a medication schedule as directed and maintaining open communication, you can better manage any pain as you heal.

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