Dr. Osmanoglu reminds his patients that cosmetic surgery is still surgery, and it’s important to do your homework so you can achieve your aesthetic goals. Temporary pain is treated with analgesics. Swelling, tenderness, numbness of skin and bruising some, or all of these can last up to several weeks. Small drains are removed after a few days. Dressings are applied and will be changed every other day for the first 2 weeks.
In few days, the bandages or surgical bra will be replaced by a soft support bra to be worn around the clock for 3-4 weeks. The stitches will be removed after a week or two.
You can expect some loss of feeling in your nipples and breast skin, which usually fades as the swelling subsides over the next 6 weeks or so, however, it may last a year or more, and occasionally it may be permanent.
You may be up and about in a day or two, and back to work after a week. Avoid lifting anything over your head for 3-4 weeks. You may be instructed to avoid sex for a 2 weeks or more, and avoid strenuous sports for about a month.
You’ll notice an immediate change in the appearance of your breasts — although their shape will continue to change and settle over the next few months. Initially, scars will appear red and lumpy. While scars are permanent, they’ll soften and become thin and white within one to two years. Scars from a breast procedures can usually be hidden by bras and bathing suits.
You will be placed in a supportive wrap during your surgery and wear this for the first couple days following your surgery. You will not have drain tubes. You will be given specific instructions on incision care, bathing, and suggestions for sleeping more comfortably.
After the supportive wrap is removed, you will be fitted with a snug support garment, similar to a sports bra, which you will need to wear for a few weeks to help ease swelling and promote healing. You should take your medications as directed by Dr. Osmanoglu and his nurse and drink lots of fluids and eat healthy meals.