The length of time it takes for you to recover from your Breast Augmentation surgery depends on several factors. At the Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute, we are dedicated to ensuring that your whole experience, from the moment of your first consultation with Dr. Jugenburg, right through to your full recovery after surgery, is as positive and comfortable as it can be.
Prior to your surgery, you should familiarize yourself with the various aspects of the recovery. The following information – how to prepare, what to expect, and what to look for when you are recovering – is therefore provided as a general guide. After surgery, to allow proper healing and to achieve optimal cosmetic results, it is essential that you follow our care guidelines during the initial recovery phase. Thereafter, in order to maintain the new, beautiful appearance of your breasts, long-term proper care of your implants is also important.
If you need clarification on any of the following instructions, or you have a question that is not answered by the information below, please contact us and one of our experienced staff will be ready to help you. Please also be aware that thorough instructions will be explained and provided for you in person following your surgery.
Whether you go home or stay in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel after surgery, you must ensure that a capable adult is able to stay with you for the first 24 hours. You cannot be left alone during the first night after your surgery, and more importantly, you should not be walking without assistance during the first 24 hours. During this time, you may be prone to fainting, falling, and hurting yourself. In the event that you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, you must also wake up your companion. You are not allowed to go to the bathroom by yourself during the first night after your surgery.
After your Breast Augmentation surgery is complete, the anesthetist will wake you up from your induced sleep. You will then be transferred to the recovery room where our experienced nurses will monitor you until you are fully awake. You may feel a little tired and groggy at this point. Most women do not remember the first 10 – 15 minutes after they wake up.
As a result of the surgery, you will experience some discomfort, swelling of your breasts, and bruising. To minimize this discomfort, protect your wounds, and hold the breasts implants firmly in place during initial healing, you will have supporting bandages wrapped around your chest and will be wearing your surgical bra.
It is normal to have spots of blood on your bandages; this doesn’t mean you are bleeding. You will return to see us in the clinic the following morning, when we will examine you and, if necessary, change your dressings and bandages. You will also have a compression band applied over the top of your implants and/or under the breast fold. If not staying in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, you will need to have pre-arranged transport to return to the clinic (you will not be allowed to drive yourself).
During the surgery, Dr. Jugenburg’s meticulous surgical technique will result in minimal pain. In addition, we use local anesthesia (freezing) to numb the surgical area and minimize the discomfort you feel after the surgery.We will also give you a customized cocktail of medication that we use for all our patients to minimize their discomfort.
How intense the pain will be, therefore depends largely on the surgical technique that is used. Going under the chest muscle (sub-pectoral or sub-muscular) tends to be more uncomfortable than going over the muscle (sub-mammary or sub-glandular). Each person also has a different pain threshold. Most women have minimal discomfort and are able to resume regular activities the day after their breast implant surgery. Irrespective of how little discomfort you might feel, however, you must still follow all our post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing and best results.
Following your Breast Augmentation surgery you must:
Following your Breast Augmentation surgery do not:
A nurse will speak to you over the phone to determine if you need to be seen urgently or not. If you are unable to contact the clinic, or if it is after regular business hours, please go to your nearest hospital to have a physician examine you.
After your surgery, you will have scheduled follow-up visits at the Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute to allow us to monitor your progress and healing. Follow-up visits are very important and we ask that you do not miss them. They allow us to ensure that your breast scars heal beautifully, that the breast implants settle in as expected, and that, ultimately, you are left with the perfect breast enlargement.
Unless there is an unlikely concern about your healing, your initial follow-up visits will be with one of our expert nurses.
At this time, we will again provide you with instructions on the massage techniques that you should be performing to help your implants to settle down and to obtain and maintain a naturally soft breast. Dr. Jugenburg will see you again once your wounds have healed to monitor the progress of your implants as they settle in.
All our Breast Augmentation patients are offered the convenience of staying in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel the first night after surgery at no additional charge. If you have chosen to do so, once you are ready to be discharged from the Recovery Room, we will transport you to one of the luxurious hotel rooms, where you will be able to recover while enjoying the comfort of this spectacular hotel. We will also give you a small care package of essentials to use during your overnight stay. The following morning you will return to the clinic (using the elevator) to be re-assessed and to have you bandages changed if necessary. Once you have been fully checked out, you will be able to leave and go home in your pre-arranged transport.