Whether you have already undergone breast augmentation or are just starting out on your exciting journey, take a moment to look forward to the next several years with breast implants. Often, when we read about or discuss breast augmentation and caring for your implants and breasts, the focus is on the surgery itself or recovery. However, caring for your breasts and implants for years to come is equally as important.
Here are guidelines for caring for your breasts and implants in the long-term:
The first year after surgery
During your first year after breast augmentation, stay in touch with your surgeon and keep all follow-up appointments. Don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have questions or concerns.
Continue to massage the breasts for as long as recommended by your doctor. Once you are given approval to stop, don’t give up your monthly breast self-exam. Even with implants, your monthly self-exam is an important step in monitoring your health. Your doctor can show you how to perform a proper monthly breast self-exam if you don’t know how. If you experience any signs of capsular contracture or notice any abnormalities, contact your doctor right away to undergo further evaluation and advice.
Even after your bandages have been removed and your swelling and bruising have gone away, your surgical incisions will continue to heal. It may take up to a year for some incisions to heal completely. Generally, incisions will fade and flatten over time and should become far less noticeable. If at any time you notice increased redness, thickening, or if your incisions appear to be raised, call your surgeon right away -- since early intervention is key to achieving the best outcome.
Two or three years and five years after breast augmentation Most patients will have a two-year follow up appointment with their surgeon, although some patients may be asked to return sooner. When you return depends on your particular needs, surgical choices, and how your body copes with the recovery process. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns before your follow-up appointment, we encourage you to get in touch. Your follow-up appointment will include a physical examination, and if you have silicone implants, an MRI may be recommended to monitor your implants for silent ruptures or leaks.
Just as you had a two or three year follow-up appointment, you will also be scheduled for follow-up approximately five years after surgery. Again, you will have a physical examination, and if you have silicone implants, you may be scheduled for a monitoring MRI.
Keep performing your monthly breast self-exams and call your Monarch Plastic Surgery doctor if you experience any abnormalities regardless of whether they are related to your implants or overall breast health.
Beyond five years
Even with breast implants, your breasts will continue to change over time along with the rest of your body as part of the natural aging process. It is important to continue doing your breast self-exams every month for life to monitor your breast health. Your monthly self-exams are also an ideal time to inspect your breasts for any abnormalities related to your implants. Report any changes right away.
If you are over the age of 40, let the technician know that you have implants when you go for your routine mammograms. If you move to another region, get a referral to a plastic surgeon in your new town and continue regular follow-up appointments and care.
Don’t hesitate to contact the surgeons at Monarch Plastic Surgery at any time with questions or concerns regarding breast augmentation or other procedures. To schedule a consultation, call us today at (913) 663-3838 or (816) 436-3262. We look forward to hearing from you.