Breast Augmentation Post-Operative Instructions

Breast Augmentation Post-Operative Instructions

If you have had other procedures performed at the same time, please read those instructions as well for more specific details.

Things to have prior to your surgery:

  1. An over the counter stool softener.
  2. Your favorite non-carbonated beverage.

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Sleep any way that is comfortable but avoid direct pressure on the breasts for a minimum of 4 weeks.


Continue to wear the bra supplied to you at the hospital. It may be washed and dried. Avoid underwire bras for four weeks. You may wear your own sports bra but ensure it is not tight over the incisions.


Gauze pads have been placed inside the bra. These do not need to be replaced and can be removed before your first showering and only need to be replaced if there is some small continued drainage.


You may begin showering 48 hours after surgery. Remove the bra and any gauze pads. Gently shower. The white tapes glued to the skin incisions may get wet (they will fall off on their own in a few weeks and do not need to be replaced). Pat dry and wear bra.


Please minimize your activity following surgery and slowly increase it slowly over the following few weeks. The procedure does not require bed rest. You should be up and walking at least a few times per day (minimum) including the day of surgery. Avoid raising your arms above your head (for activities such as hair care, etc.) for two weeks to avoid shifting of the implant if the implant has been placed below the muscle.

It is very important to stay fully hydrated during the post-operative period (it is best to drink water or dilute non-carbonated beverages the remainder of the day following surgery). Ensure that you are urinating at least a few times per day. You can resume solid food when you feel ready.


Read and follow all package inserts, warnings and instructions for any medications or products you use. Narcotic medications such as Percocet, Vicodin or Tylenol with codeine can cause constipation and you should consider taking an over counter stool softener at tne same time. You may take over the counter pain relievers instead of the narcotics. Do not take aspirin containing products. Do not take additional Tylenol if taking narcotic pain pills.

Follow up appointment

If you do not have a follow-up appointment please call the office to be seen in 2 weeks.

Chances in your condition

Please call 911 if you have any shortness of breath or difficulty breathing or for any reason that Causes you great concern regarding your medical condition. Please call the office or Dr. Reilly‘s cell phone (203 209 6834) if you have any of the following: nausea or vomiting, inability to pass your usual amount of urine, temperature (verified by thermometer) greater than 101.0 F, shaking chills or any concerns regarding minor changes in your health status.


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