Breast augmentation can be an excellent way to achieve the body you want and feel more confident in your own skin. But as with any procedure, it’s important to know how to properly care for yourself post-operation and beyond to keep your implants and your overall health in good condition. Knowing what to look for can also help you spot potentially dangerous developments before they have a severe impact on you. If you’re planning on receiving breast augmentation, here’s what you need to know about long-term maintenance and care after the procedure.

Exercise and Healthy Living Are Crucial

Eating right and exercising should be an essential focus regardless of whether you plan on getting breast augmentation. However, they are even more crucial after you’ve received your operation. Weight gain can result in breast tissue sagging, which can impact your results. That can lead to a breast revision procedure to get your breasts back to what they looked like after surgery. Make sure to take care of yourself through a healthy diet and regular exercise to maintain the results of your breast surgery for as long as possible.

You’ll Need to Keep Your Breasts Supported

Weight gain is not the only change that could affect the look of your breasts after surgery. Gravity is naturally going to impact the look of your breasts over time. This is why long-term maintenance and care require you to have good support. Shop for good bras that are comfortable to wear around but still keep your breasts in place and prevent them from sagging. If you need to, consider getting a custom-fit bra or have one professionally fitted so that you find exactly what you need rather than settling for something that might not support you over time.

Always Keep an Eye Out for Potential Issues

Part of proper maintenance and care is also making sure you know how to identify potential issues with your implants and seek help before you are put at further risk. Some of the breast implant issues and complications that you may encounter at any point after you’ve received breast augmentation include:

  • Capsular Contracture: This is a condition in which scar tissue builds up around the implant, resulting in the hardening of the breast, and can be quite painful.
  • Ruptures: Implants may rupture due to wear and tear caused by interactions with muscles or trauma caused by injuries. Some potential symptoms of an implant rupture include a change in the shape of the breast, pain and soreness, and swelling.
  • Breast Implant Illness: Not much is known about breast implant illness, but it does occur in some patients and is typically accompanied by symptoms like hair loss, fatigue, anxiety, depression, brain fog, dry eyes, and joint pain.

If you experience any of these issues, please call us as soon as possible, and we will walk you through your next steps.

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Breast augmentation is a common procedure, but you want to make sure that you’re getting the best possible results. Dr. Bohley of Dr. Bohley Cosmetic Surgery is dedicated to supporting patients every step of the way to ensure they get the quality care and results they deserve. Learn more about breast augmentation, recovery, and maintenance by scheduling a consultation today. Call our Portland, OR office at (503) 897-8999 or use our online contact form.