Post-Operative Instructions – Breast Augmentation

While we always endeavour to obtain perfection and symmetry in all our surgery, it must be realized that plastic surgery is more of an art than a science. There are factors beyond our control, such as the individual healing process of each patient. As is the case in most people pre-operatively, there may be slight differences between the two breasts post-operatively as well.

You need to continue the antibiotic treatment for 10 days after your surgery.

You must sleep on your back, using 2 to 3 pillows for the first week following surgery.

You will be given an appointment for a check up 1-2 days after your surgery. You will need to be accompanied for this appointment. A second appointment will be given two weeks later. You may come alone to this one.

You will need to wear a support bra (supplied by our office) for 4 weeks after your surgery. You also need to wear the special strap supplied to you by our office continuously for the first two weeks. The strap should be adjusted periodically and should be as tight as can be tolerated. It is to be worn high, above the breasts in order to avoid implants from shifting upwards. Perform minimal arm movements for the first few days. If you are not experiencing any pain, you can increase slowly the movements of your arms. No push-up or underwire bra can be worn for six months.

Your breasts will be swollen and a little sore. You may or may not have bruising. Your breasts may feel numb and/or sensitive. Due to this swelling and distortion, do not expect to see your final result until about three months after surgery.

You may begin taking showers on day 4 after surgery. Baths should be avoided for six weeks. A small “Saran wrap” type of dressing and gauze, called Opsite, is placed over the incision at the end of the surgery to keep it clean. Generally, this stays on until your first appointment with our nurse.

In the shower, for the first 3 weeks, you can let water run over the steristrips (placed directly on the incisions) but do not use soap directly on the incisions. The steristrips will begin to loosen (approximately 2 weeks post-operatively) and you may remove them with a pair of tweezers. Our nurse will remove all remaining steristrips at the end of the second week.

Once all steristrips have been removed, you will notice some fine sutures sticking out of the skin. These are purposely left long by the surgeon as all the suturing is done beneath the skin. These will be cut flush to the skin on your 2-week appointment with our nurse.

It is normal to have some yellowish discharge from the incisions and sometimes even some blood. The discharge is due to the melting stitches dissolving. There is often redness in the scars and the tissue around the incision can feel stiff and sometimes a little lumpy. It will soften and fade with time.

You can usually resume lower body exercises (including cardio) 4 weeks after the surgery. Any exercises involving upper body muscles need to be avoided for 8 weeks.

Avoid driving an automobile for one week. Avoid sexual manipulation of the breasts for three months following the surgery.

You will be given a prescription for pain medicine for when you are having discomfort. Please make sure that you eat something before taking your pain medication. You can take up to 2 painkillers in the space of 4 hours. In between (at the 2 hour mark), you can add 2 Tylenol Extra Strength if need be. DO NOT TAKE ANY ASPIRIN/ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES for the first week following the surgery. Tylenol is a good substitute for aspirin. In case of persistent vomiting or nausea, use Gravol in a suppository form.

Avoid alcoholic beverages for one week after your surgery (including beer and wine).


V.W. Papanastasiou, MD, CM, MSc, FRCSC

I had a successful breast surgery on May 24th 2016. Through the information sessions to the surgery and post surgery every single staff I dealt with was professional nice and patient. Dr. Papanastasiou is a great surgeon, professional, patient with a beautiful smile. I wish I had the surgery long time ago.....Big thank to Dr. Papanastasiou, God bless you Doctor!! Thank you so much Francoise, Stephanie, Michele and the young ladies at the reception and everyone who was in the surgery room. A big hug and thanks to NANCY the wonderful Nurse who took care of me in the recovery room, this great lady put her heart in what she does!!!! God bless you all.

"I recently had a breast lift and implants put in by Dr. P and his team. The results are wonderful, very natural and I love them. His team was fantastic, very professional and kind. I would definitely recommend Dr P and his clinic!"

"I recommend Dr. Papanastasiou, he is very kind and professional and best technology I've seen after going to loose my money to get evaluations with other doctors I came back. I had breast augmentation and asked for a natural look and that' s exactly what I got! From A to Z my experience was excellent! I also did lipo and I barely got bruises and no pain, he has magic hands :-)"

"About 4 weeks ago I had lower eye surgery for bags and wrinkles. I was initially a little nervous about the procedure but after speaking with him he made me feel at ease and I felt this was the right decision for me. The procedure took about 1 hour and I was back at work 1 week later with just some minor bruising on my cheeks. I was very impressed with Dr. Papanastasiou. He was very professional and I am extremely satisfied with the results. After the procedure he also called me that night to see how I was doing. I was extremely impressed. I would have no problem seeing him again for any procedure and would easily recommend him. Thank you again Dr. Papanastasiou"

"Two years ago I decided to have breast augmentation and a full rhinoplasty. I went to see Dr. Papanastasiou and felt immediately comfortable with him and his staff and confident that he was the best doctor to do the work. It turns out that I needed a revision (to correct minor issues) for both surgeries (breasts and nose) and I was met with understanding and openness. Dr. Papanastasiou and his staff were very accommodating and compassionate! There were no hassles or arguments regarding the need for the revisions and this was very reassuring! I'm extremely pleased with the results of both surgeries and I'm grateful to have been in Dr. Papanastasiou's care ☺️"