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First 3 days after breast implants: Q&A with a RealFriend

  • 1 year ago

One of the most frequently asked questions I see on RealSelf is What are the first three days post-op like?

RealFriend Scrappy37 agreed to a Q&A where she recalls those hazy days after surgery.

 

RS: How did you feel when you first woke up from surgery?

I could barely keep my eyes open or stay awake. My mouth was dry.

 

RS: What was the most difficult thing for you immediately post op?
I couldn't eat much after the surgery or keep it down. I threw up twice after the surgery. Next day was better, but I was still tired.

 

RS: What was your first concern when you woke up from anesthesia?
Once I remembered where I was, I took a peek in my gown and didnt think i looked any bigger!

 

RS: How did you sleep the first night after surgery?
I slept fine as far as I can remember. Pillows that were propping me up would get displaced and I would find myself flat on my back which doesnt feel good on the boobs. I started icing immediately.

 

RS: How did you feel the next morning?
I had morning boob! Very tight in the chest. I was not wearing any kind of compression or post-surgical bra.

 

RS: By day 2, how did you feel?
I was flashing myself every time I walked by a mirror. Lol. I noticed some slight bruising between my breasts and my skin would gurgle when depressed, but otherwise I felt fine. I would tire easily. I was also able to shower on day 2.

 

RS: What were some foods you felt like eating?
toasted bagel and cream cheese with cottage cheese and fruit.

 

RS: What was your biggest issue on day 2?
I couldn't open my prescription bottles myself, had to walk the dog since my hubby had to leave town for work and found I was very exhausted to walk any distance. Still icing constantly and trying to take it easy.

 

RS: And day 3? What was that like?

Day 3 was good in general. I think I stayed on the couch for the most part icing. I had some bruising and my skin squished and gurgled some between my breasts. The bruising was on the side and in the center. Was very light bruising. I tried to walk my dog off leash and just the walk half way up the block was too much. I had to go back home and lay down. I tired very easily.

 

RS: When did you start feeling 100% again?

50%: at 3-4 weeks. At this point I went swimming but it didnt feel good when I used my kickboard and had my arms straight out. morning boob is better, skin sensitivity is better, still large numb patches present, some positions laying down are still uncomfortable

 

100%: Month 2 I feel well enough to bike and kayak but not long distances. But Month 3 is probably the 100% mark as I feel that I am able to function normally and not be so concerned about hurting myself or exerting myself.

 

Thanks for your candor, Scrappy37!

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My biggest fear was getting sick when I woke up! I had hardest time with anesthesia before violent vomiting where it would painful. My ps suggested a patch that went behind my ear 10 hours before surgery. Omg!! It's was Amazing didn't sick or even light headed. I recommend anyone who gets sick to ask about it
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I don't have mine yet but I have my pre op in the morning at 10 am and my surgery date is the 6th of this month
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Just got out of surgery at 10 this morning.. Left breast more swollen than right... Just curious for those who have had their new girls for awhile, how long does it take for the swelling to go down and did you notice a big change in shape after they went down?
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I took a lot of anti-nausea medicine and precautions, per hospitals' assistance so I was not nauseous once except when first leaving the house (it was cold out and the heat in the car was not feeling good so I drove home with the windows down). Day 1 was fine with some medium to strong soreness. I was not able to eat much lunch but after drinking tons of water and a nap I felt much better by dinner and could eat normal. Later that night and throughout the way early morning hours of the next morning, I noticed my chest feeling tighter and significantly more sore.
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Im in 7 days now , My issue is its hard to sleep, specialy when back is flat in the bed. When i wake up i cant go up from the bed its realy painfull, and My back is also painfull
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yes its a killer on your back - -i'm 2 weeks now and can stand half on my side but then in the morning OMG my boobs are killing. I use witch hazel soaked flannels on my boobs which was lovely and tiger balm on my back seemed to help
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Thenx for the realy its realy help to know thats its normal what i feel now. Im one week now and My rigth brest is bigger than My left and i still feel pain and tight of My ringt brest. I hope that it will get same big soon
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5 days post op...okay..very hard and itchy!!!!!
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im 5 days pre-op and packing it... any words of wisdom would be nice. eeek!
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Post op day 2.they feel tight and a little hard, is that normal?
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yes totally normal im afraid takes a while to feel beter im 2 weeks post op and still hard and tight
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Im 4 days post op and feel fine apart from a lot of numbness , do you know how long this lasts ?
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My day 6 its start to be ok. Just massage it,
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my boobs were numb for first week now super sensitive lol
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Yes its sensitive, some i just cant help to smile, i cell sensation sometimes even i dont touch it.
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How long are you off work?
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i do office job and only took 4 days off
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I'm post op day 4, still stings and much pain. I'm on Tramadol, which does a great job with the pain, but constipated still since surgery. I've started taking Correctol. My girls seem far apart and up high, how and when do they drop? (I was AA) The surgeon tells me to push on down and across on them, but OH BOY does that hurt sometimes!! I bought Arnica and Bromelain, but can't remember why those are good for recovery. What about Tylenol? Any suggestions?
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Yes its hurt, but when your brest use to it , you will feel more ok, im 7 days now, and i feel same way, but the best ways to take out the pain is to massage it. Its realy work
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Hey guys! We're having a video Q & A tomorrow with another member tomorrow April 4 at 12pm PST if you're interested in joining. Details here: 

http://www.realself.com/forum/live-ba-video-chat-thursday-noon-pst

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Really good Q&A article. Thank You Scrappy for sharing your experience.
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It's interesting how different everyone's first 3 days post op can be. I was taken home, felt pleasant with the after surgery meds, and just went to sleep at home, my husband was there to take care of me. I was wrapped well, and felt secure - my chest/skin, just felt tight, but I didn't feel like I had weights on my chest (which is what I was told) or that I couldn't breathe (what I was told). I didn't throw up or feel naseous. I ate soft pasta and turkey that night and it was delicious. The 2nd day I kept resting, and the hardest thing was probably just having to lay on my back all the time. Turning the side AT ALL caused the pain to be more severe, so I just laid on my back, propped up for the first few weeks. Other than that, it was just a dull pain and I whiled away the time with movies and audiobooks. I did tire easily the first week, and I was put in a compression bra on day 3 which felt better than all the gauze. Taking a shower was nice, even though my boobs felt very achy when they weren't being supported by the compression bra! I asked for another one, so I wore one in the shower (opening it for a bit to wash those areas) but to have a wet one/ and dry one for support. Felt much better! I was back to work in 2 weeks, mostly by then I was moving my arms all around, and just taking advil for the swelling. Now it's been a year out, and I'm so happy, it's been great!
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great to read such a positive experience Aimee!!!
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Thank u Sooo much
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Thanks so much Scrappy37!!!! Sitting here with an IV waiting for my BA!! Wish me luck girls!
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