After Your Breast Reconstruction Procedure

You are still our Bellevue patient after you leave, and we will be there for you as you recover from breast reconstruction to answer any questions you may have and advise you on any side effects you may be feeling.

Implant Breast Reconstruction

You can expect to feel tired and sore after the surgery, and you will experience some swelling and discomfort at the point of your incision, both of which can be managed with medication.

Light activity is encouraged during your recovery, and you can resume regular, non-strenuous activity after a few days of rest. You should avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for at least 2 weeks and avoid high-impact activities (skiing, wakeboarding, contact sports) for the duration of your recovery (6-8 weeks). Your stitches will dissolve and be absorbed by your body, so you will not have to worry about getting them removed.

Tissue Flap Breast Reconstruction

Your procedure will likely involve a 2-3 day inpatient stay in a hospital. You can expect some pain and discomfort, which will be controlled intravenously. You will wear a surgical bra over your incisions for 2 to 3 days. Plan on very limited physical activity for at least six weeks. No lifting over fifteen pounds for 6 weeks. You will have drains that will require you to measure and record the fluid that your body expresses. These are usually removed in 1 to 2 weeks in the office.

Your follow-up visits will begin 3-4 days following your discharge from the hospital. During your postoperative visits, Dr. Min will review activity limitations, incision care, and concerns you may have. You can expect follow-up visits at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, then every year thereafter. Surgical revisions and nipple reconstruction are frequently necessary to complete the final process.

Breast Surgery in Bellevue