After breast enlargment surgery
How will I feel after breast enlargement surgery?
What am I allowed to do after the operation?
Those grafts are precious. For the first 5 days your grafts survive only by the passive diffusion of oxygen from surrounding tissues. It is crucial to keep your breasts still. This is why they are taped. It is important that you rest after the operation, being up and about at home is fine, but your grafts need rest to ensure the maximum take. We suggest you keep your upper body as still as possible in the first 5 days, whilst avoiding reaching up or out with your arms. Keep your elbows by your sides.
How sore will I be after AFT?
Discomfort is usually mild enough to be managed with Panadeine and anti-inflammatory medication. Severe discomfort, especially if it occurs after your breasts were feeling fine should be reported to our nurses or the Doctor.
Discomfort after fat grafting to the breast is generally felt more at the donor site than in the breasts. You will have some swelling at both sites and some drainage from the tiny portholes for a few days. Wear maternity sanitary pads under your garments to help mop up any drainage. Bruising is common in the donor site but uncommon in the breast. Most discomfort can generally be managed with Panadol or common anti-inflammatories.
What will my breasts look like?
The nice thing about AFT is that you can see straight away how much improved your breasts are. They will be a little swollen with tumescent after your procedure so don’t expect them to stay quite so big. In the first few days the swelling will start to settle, you may develop bruising (but probably more at your donor site) and this will disappear by 4 weeks post operatively. Your breasts will be taped for the first 3 weeks to help immobilise them.
When will my breasts feel normal?
Your breasts will be a little swollen out to even 8 weeks post-operatively. They may feel a little numb to touch, if so, normal sensation will return over the first 6 months.
I have read on the internet that only 60% of fat transfers are successful.
Dr Salmon guarantees you will get a bigger bust or your money back.
To get the best results you must use your expander as prescribed by Dr Salmon
Does the suction device cause cancer?
About 100,000 women have use external expanders over the past 12 years. This huge experience has firmly established the safety of this procedure. The fear that external expanders might induce abnormal tissues to grow were laid to rest as studies of external expander users did not show any increased incidence of breast diseases.
Caring for your new figure
When can I start to exercise again?
Stationary bikes can be used after 2 weeks but only gently until week 3. We suggest you avoid all sexual intercourse until week 3. No other exercise at all until week 4. Only then can you start heavy exertion and no strenuous upper body/arm work until week 6.
Can I continue long distance running after my Autologous Fat Transfer?
Long distance running is often very hard on the breast volume. It seems to preferentially waste fat from the face, neck, chest and shoulders. We recommend you find an alternative form of exercise as long distance running is not recommended after Autologous Fat Transfer. A short run, up to 4km, once a week is the maximum recommended.
If you lose a lot of weight, you may lose some volume from the breast, conversely, if you put on weight, the breasts may increase in size. The grafted fat is treated by your body as if it is still at the donor location. It is a good idea not to engage in running. Most ladies find that running strips fat off their upper body, including the breast. Gym, cycling, swimming, Pilates and Yoga are better forms of exercise.
Six months after the procedure you will have a mammogram, tomosynthesis or MRI to establish your new baseline for future breast imaging.