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Recovery After Fat Transfer to Breast

First day instructions

  • Send Dr. Yates photos and any questions
  • Get up and walk
  • No lying on your stomach
  • Drainage is generally significant from the liposuction areas
  • Bruising and swelling are normal and will last for days to weeks
  • You can take the garment off to shower when the drainage slows typically today or tomorrow
  • If you wash the garment, allow it to air dry.   This will be used for 1-3 weeks.
  • EVERYTHING, including the liposuction areas and breasts are larger than they will end up
  • Get off the pain medications as soon as possible
  • Take stool softeners if you are taking any narcotics
  • Stay hydrated
  • Stay active, minimal bed rest is better for a safe and quick recovery
  • Your next visit is at three weeks.   In-person or online.

Three-week instructions

  • Send Dr. Yates photos and any questions
  • You may change to a second stage garment such as Spanx and Flexees
  • You are able to resume physical work and moderate exercise
  • Full exercise at 6 weeks
  • The breast size is still a little swollen but nearing the final size
  • You may wear a bra of your choice but don’t buy too many until you are closer to the final size after the 6-week point
  • Areas of firmness and discomfort are common, massage as necessary
  • Please share your experience on a review site or social media
  • Schedule an online or in-person follow-up visit at 3 months.

Three-month instructions

  • You have no limitations.   Check-in with Dr. Yates with photos and any questions
  • Return to the office anytime between now and one year for photos

One-Year

  • You have no limitations.   Check-in with Dr. Yates with photos and any questions
  • Return to the office for postoperative photos
  • Leave a kind review 🙂

General Recovery Tips

Minimizing Bruising and Swelling

Bruising and swelling occur with almost every surgical procedure. Usually, the swelling lasts for only a few days to weeks. There are steps that can be taken before and after surgery to help minimize bruising and swelling… Read More.


Scars

Scars are the necessary trade-off of many plastic surgeries.  The goal is a near-invisible, thin, skin-colored scar.  Scars are ideally minimized by early attention but there are options for treatment of problem scars as well… Read More.


Stretch Mark Treatment

Stretch marks are the visible result of tears of the second layer of skin, the dermis. Stretch marks usually result from rapid stretching of skin, such as weight gain, or pregnancy.  Treatment options for stretch marks such as removal, microneedling, and laser are available…. Read More.


Preparation for surgery

prepare your house for surgery

1-2 weeks before surgery you should have your childcare, work arrangements, and caretaker lined up.  Depending on the procedure you may have a few recovery items on hand.  Start with an organized, clean house and full pantry.  If you are making meals, simple prep. meals and disposable dinnerware.  

prepare your body for surgery

The weeks before surgery are a good time to maximize a healthy diet and stay on top of exercise.  Yoga and heart-healthy exercises are particularly valuable. For almost every procedure stopping smoking 6 weeks before surgery is valuable.  For some it is critical.  Avoid excessive alcohol and marijuana prior to surgery as well. 

Check your medications and supplements

Some medications such as aspirin, fish-oils and some supplements can contribute to bleeding and bruising after surgery.  If you would like to take SinnEcch for bruising you would want to do so before surgery.  The benefit is mild in Dr. Yates’s opinion but some patients swear by it.

Stay away from illness

Avoid getting sick, wash your hands frequently and avoid contact will people who are ill.


Time off Work and exercise

Check the procedure list below for the time you should plan to take off of work or exercise.  With most procedures, office work and light exercise are OK between one to three weeks.  For most procedures, there are no restrictions after six weeks.      

Recovery Supplies

Dr Yates will give you most everything you need after surgery including garments, bra, scar cream, and dressings as indicated.  A few recommended additional supplies are

  • Bed that reclines, recliner, or extra bed pillows
  • Icy Hot back patch
  • Loose baggy clothes
  • Paper tape 1″
  • Ice packs
  • Stool Softener
  • Ginger Ale
  • Antacid such as Tums
  • Melatonin (not to be used with pain medications)
  • Benadryl
  • Cortisone cream
  • Neosporin
  • Probiotics or yogurt
  • Second stage Spanx or Flexees for appropriate procedures
  • Flexible straws for drinking
  • Water bottles/ Gatorade
  • Entertainment such as DVD or Netflix
  • Cell phone charger near bed and sofa

Fat Transfer to Breast Recovery Tips

How long will I be in bed after fat transfer to breast?
You should expect no significant bedrest after breast augmentation.   Get up and walk.
Tell me about pain management after fat transfer to breast?
Pain after breast fat transfer is largely related to the liposuction areas. The pain is moderate but usually controlled with arm motion, Tylenol and Ibuprofen.  If narcotics are necessary they are only for 1-2 days.
What do I do with the incisions after fat transfer to breast?
The small liposuction incisions will be covered with gauze while draining.  Once they have stopped draining you may apply Neosporin or simply leave them alone.
When can I shower or swim after fat transfer to breast?
You can shower as soon as drainage has slowed significantly.
How long will I need help with childcare after fat transfer to breast?
Approximately 3-5 days for toddlers and young children
How long before I can return to the gym after fat transfer to breast?
You can return to light lifting with the arms and a good walk at one week.   You may return to moderate upper and lower body lifting by three weeks.  Full exercise resumes at six weeks.
How long before I can return to work after fat transfer to breast?
Office and desk work can be resumed right away.  For most physical jobs you can return at 3 weeks.
When can I return to sexual activities after fat transfer to breast?
It is safe to resume sexual activity by two to three weeks after fat transfer.  Caution with handling the breasts for closer to four weeks.
What can go wrong if I don’t follow these recommendations?
Overaggressive activity can cause problems with healing.   In the first week, we are worried about excessive bruising and swelling
When will I expect to see my final results?
The breasts will look nice immediately after surgery.   They will be larger than the expected final size.  They continue to soften and improve in feel and appearance over the next 2-3 months.  By around 2-3 months the volume is stable.
How long should I expect drainage?
1-3 days
How long do I wear my garment?
The garment is worn for three weeks followed by a second stage garment for comfort
When can I sleep on my belly?
By three weeks
When can I buy a new bra?
At approximately six weeks you should be close to your final breast volume after fat transfer

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