FAQ: Life After Breast Reconstruction
Have you recently underwent breast reconstruction?
Surely, there are lots of concerns and questions going through your mind before the procedure. What will my breasts look like? How long will the procedure last? Will I be in pain after the surgery? No matter how prepared you are, you will still have questions for your Dallas breast reconstruction specialist in the days that follow. Be sure to ask them before you head home.
Q: Is it okay to take a shower after the procedure? What about other forms of physical activity?
Patients are normally encouraged to take a shower at least 48 hours after the procedure. It is best to use warm water. Don’t worry if water comes in contact with your drains or incisions. As for physical activity, you should ask your surgeon when it’s advisable to engage in any form of physical activity, especially exercise. This will vary depending on the type of procedure you have had.
Q: Can I wear a normal bra afterwards?
While there are patients who may benefit from wearing a special type of bra like a compression bra weeks after the surgery, some are advised not to wear a surgical bra. Bras that don’t give a lot of support generally are not advisable to use in the first 4-6 weeks after surgery.
Q: When can I remove the drains?
A: Drains are placed in the incision to aid in the removal of extra fluid during the recovery process. They are typically used in a breast reconstruction procedure, but a lot of factors go into determining when the drains are removed. Your surgeon will most likely discuss these details with you before the breast reconstruction procedure.
Q: When will the swelling go down, and when will the new breast reach its final shape and size?
A: Every person is unique, and much of the healing process depends on the kind of procedure performed. Generally, it takes 3-6 months for the swelling to subside and for the breast to reach its final size and shape.
Your Dallas breast reconstruction experts at Breast Reconstruction Associates are here to help you prepare for life after breast reconstruction. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have questions.