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RECOVERY AFTER SURGERY

Following your surgery, gauze or bandages will be applied to your incisions. An elastic bandage or support bra will minimize swelling and support the reconstructed breast. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. A pain pump may also be used to reduce the need for narcotics

You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infections, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period
Where I will be taken after my surgery is complete?
What medication will I be given or prescribed after my surgery?
Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
When will they be removed?
Are stitched removed? When?
When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
When do I return for follow-up care?
RESULTS
The results of breast reconstruction will be long-lasting, provided that you remain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to loose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.
Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary
Overtime, some breast sensation may return and scar lines will improve, although they’ll never disappear completely. There are trade-offs, but most women feel these are small compared to the large improvements in their quality of life and ability to look and feel whole. Careful monitoring of breast health through self-exam, mammography and other diagnostic techniques is essential to your long-term health.

Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling decreases and breast shape and position improve. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.

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