Removal of Breast Implant
What to Do
- Avoid strenuous exercise for 2 weeks.
- Take it easy for a week.
- If you would like to wear a breast prosthesis in your bra, talk with your surgeon about when you can begin wearing one. This will require a prescription.
- You may have a small drain or tube under the skin for a short time. This drain will remove excess fluid. You will be taught how to care for this drain before you go home. The drain is most often taken out on your first clinic visit.
- You may shower the next day.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing for a few days.
- Plan to visit your surgeon in 2-5 days, 7 days, and 14 days.
When to Call Your Doctor
- Redness, swelling or bruising of the incision.
- Pus-like drainage or bleeding.
- Pain not controlled with pain medicine.
- Temperature greater than 100.4° F for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart.
Surgery Clinic: (608) 263-7502, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
After hours, the clinic number is answered by the paging operator. Ask for the Plastic Surgery resident on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
Toll Free: 1-800-323-8942.
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Last Updated: 08/11/2011
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