Breast augmentation at my Toronto-area practice is just as popular as ever. Today’s patients can choose from a wide array of implant options, so patients tend to have a lot of questions. Many of the most common concerns relate to the recuperation period after surgery. Here are my answers to 3 of the most common questions:
When will my breast implants settle?
Breast implants start out high on the chest just after they are inserted. “Settling” is a term used to describe the process of implants dropping into their final position. During this period of time, which typically lasts 6 weeks, implants gradually settle lower on the chest and assume a more natural-looking size, shape, and placement. As the existing skin and breast tissue stretch to accommodate the implants, they may also become softer.
What kind of bras can I wear?
Depending on the type of implants you received, I usually advise patients to wear a bandeau during their initial recuperation periods. This specialized garment is highly supportive and keeps incisions and dressings in place as the breasts heal. At 6 weeks, patients can switch to whatever bra they prefer, though some women may prefer to hold off on wearing stiff underwire bras for a few weeks for reasons of comfort. I suggest delaying the purchase of new bras for a few months because the breasts may still be changing slightly.
How can I help my scars heal?
There are several steps patients can take to encourage good healing. Keeping incisions clean and dry while keeping the breasts supported is important. This allows the incisions to heal undisturbed. Keep an eye out for signs of infection, which include excessive redness, warmth, pain, or oozing. These may warrant a follow-up visit. As the incisions heal, patients should consume a healthy amount of lean protein to support the skin’s healing functions. Some patients also benefit from a topical application of Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline™ by SkinMedica®.