My crease incision from breast augmentation will be closed with external nylon sutures. I have heard different stories as to the timing of suture removal, as well as showering. When can I shower if my incision is closed with nylon sutures?
Showering After Breast Augmentation?
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Showering after a breast augmentation
Showering and sutures after breast augmentation
Patients may shower 24 hours post operatively with care. Sutures are removed at your one week follow up visit, typically 7 days but no earlier.
SHOWERING AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION
I advise all my patients they can have a shower the day after surgery and have water simply run over your dressings...but leave the dressing intact and simply pat them dry after the shower. Showering is fine, but submerging yourself in water such as a bath or swimming is not allowed until 3 weeks post-op at which stage you no longer have any wound dressings on and your wounds are dry and healing nicely.
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Patients are eager to shower following any type of cosmetic surgery. We generally recommend that patients wait at least 24 to 48 hours following surgery to shower. At this point the wound edges have sealed.
Although it’s reasonable to shower one to two days following surgery, it’s important not to soak in a bath tub. This could ultimately cause infection and other complications.
Each surgeon has his own protocols. For this reason it’s important to discuss bathing with your surgeon before undertaking this activity.
Showering After Breast Augmentation
Can I get my stitches wet
It generally takes an incision 24 hours to heal. We usually recommend waiting to shower for at least 48 to 72 hours just to play it safe. However, it is always best to follow your surgeon's recommendation. Your surgeon will be aware of the type of skin closure, and will be the best to answer your questions.
Michael Vincent, MD, FACS
Showering after Breast Augmentation
In my practice, I tell patients to wait 2 days or 48 hours before showering. They can then take a normal shower and wash their breasts using antibacterial soap. I tell patients not to submerge themselves in a bathtub or hot tub for at least 2 weeks. The nylon sutures are usually removed in a week. If you have concerns about the timing of taking a shower, you should always check with your surgeon first. Good luck with your Breast Implant surgery!
Showering after Surgery
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