Follow-Up Care for Breast Implants
Cosmetic Surgery in St. Louis, Missouri
Prior to the development of newer techniques, recovery from breast implant surgery was extremely uncomfortable for the patient. Today's techniques have significantly reduced the amount of discomfort the patient must endure post-operatively. St. Louis, Missouri breast surgeon Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff uses an advanced approach to implant surgery called the Rapid Recovery technique. This technique allows his patients to recover with much less discomfort and minimal bruising, enabling them to return to normal activities much sooner than older methods allowed.
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Dr. Kofkoff's Rapid Recovery technique involves more meticulous care in the placement of your implants. The careful and precise movements used to insert the implants reduce the amount of injury to surrounding tissue, which in turn reduces swelling and bruising. Another aspect of this technique involves giving the patient muscle relaxing and anti-inflammatory medication prior to the surgical procedure. This reduces the amount of post-operative discomfort the patient will experience and speeds the healing process.
The Recovery Process
Each individual patient will heal in her own way, but in most cases, the following process is typical. During the first few days, bruising will be minimal and maximum swelling will be seen in 48-72 hours. Discomfort is controlled with pain medication and will subside quickly. After the first 24 hours, you are able to shower. You will begin moving your arms immediately following the procedure and will begin to resume normal, day-to-day, non-strenuous activities within 24-48 hours.
Over the next few weeks, swelling gradually subsides, the breasts soften and the implants gradually settle into position. This is when you may begin wearing a sports bra and your activities may start to progress to normal levels. Dr. Kofkoff will discuss which bras you should wear. Three weeks following your breast implants procedure, you will be able to resume almost all activities.
Breast augmentation, like all other surgical procedures, is accompanied by the chance of complications. To minimize the risk of experiencing any problems after your surgery, be sure you follow all of Dr. Kofkoff's directions thoroughly. Some possible complications may include:
- Capsular contracture (formation of scar tissue around the implant causing the breast to feel tight)
- Sagging implants that may cause your breasts to have a drooping appearance
- Symmastia (implants which position themselves toward the middle of the chest and create the appearance of one continuous breast)
- Hematoma (collection of blood in the surgical area)
- Seroma (fluid around the implant)
- Excessive or inadequate enlargement
Breast augmentation, like any other surgery, involves risks. However, there are steps you can take to ensure you have reduced that risk as much as possible. It is important that you not only listen to and understand what Dr. Kofkoff discusses with you during your consultation, but that you also provide your input and concerns about each aspect of your procedure. This allows you and Dr. Kofkoff to develop a trusting relationship through which he is able to ensure the best possible results for you.
To learn more about our breast implant surgery techniques, please contact St. Louis, Missouri cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff today to schedule a consultation.