As soon as you are fully awake after surgery and are able to leave the Recovery Room, you will be encouraged to get out of bed (or up from a lying position) for short periods of time. The following day you should be able to move about more comfortably. Straining, bending and lifting must be avoided, however, since these activities might cause increased swelling or even bleeding.
For at least 4 weeks after surgery, you will be required to sleep on your back to avoid pressure on your breasts. You will need to wear a surgical support bra at all times (except brief periods when washing) for 6 weeks in order to maintain the shape and position of your breasts, and to allow proper healing. Sutures and staples are removed during your post-surgical visits. Non-permanent sutures that are left deep inside are absorbable and will dissolve on their own. You may notice that you feel less sensation in the nipple and areola areas. This is usually temporary, but it may take weeks, months or even more than a year before your sensation returns to normal. Your breasts may also require some time to assume a more natural shape as the swelling subsides. Incisions will initially be red or pink in color. They will remain this way for many months following surgery, but will gradually fade in most patients until they blend in better with the surrounding skin.