Skip to Content

Breast Augmentation


Breast augmentation is surgery to insert breast implants. This surgery will change the size and shape of your breasts. A breast implant has an outer silicone shell and an inner filling. The filling may be saline (salt water) or silicone gel. You will have pain, swelling, bruising, and tenderness on your breasts for about 1 month after surgery.


Seek care immediately if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You feel something bulge out of your chest and it does not go back in.
  • You have pain or swelling in your chest or underarm that does not go away.
  • Your incision is draining blood or pus, or has a foul-smelling odor.
  • Your shoulder, arm, or fingers feel numb, tingly, cool, or look pale.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Care for your wound as directed:

Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.


  • Rest your upper body. Do not lift, pull, or push objects until your healthcare provider says it is okay.
  • Ask when you can return to your daily activities. You may be able to return to work within 2 weeks. Avoid strenuous activity for 2 weeks.
  • Wear a support bra. This will help hold the implants in place. You may need to wear the bra all day and night. A lightweight band may also be used. If the implants are too high, healthcare providers may tell you not to wear a bra until the implants move down.
  • Ask about breast massage. Your healthcare provider may want you to massage your breasts. This will depend on the type of implant that was used and where the implants were placed. Breast massage may help an implant to move where it needs to go. Do not massage your breasts unless your healthcare provider says it is okay.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You will need to return to have your wounds checked, and drain or stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Ā© Copyright IBM Corporation 2018 Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes. All illustrations and images included in CareNotesĀ® are the copyrighted property of A.D.A.M., Inc. or IBM Watson Health

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.