As the most consistently popular plastic surgery procedure, breast augmentations can give you the body that you have always desired. By surgically placing either saline or silicone implant under or on top of your breast muscle, you will get larger breasts that will make you ready to flaunt your new body in a bikini. However, before you hop into that yellow polka-dot bikini, you have to do one of the most important parts of a breast augmentation: recovery. To ensure that you have a speedy recovery, we have created a brief guide listing the steps to use when cleaning your incision site. Read on to learn more.
Step 1: Wash Your Hands
Before you touch your bandages or get near your incision site, the best thing you can do is wash your hands. Using warm water and soap, you can get off any dirt, germs, or harmful bacteria that can cause an infection.
Step 2: Take off the Dressing
Carefully remove the tape from your skin and remove the bandages from your incision site. If this is your first time changing it, your cotton bandage may stick a little to your incision because of dried blood— don’t rip it off. Instead, gently peel it back so that you don’t disrupt the stitches.
Step 3: Clean It
Using warm, soapy water, take either a cotton pad or clean washcloth and clean the wound. Avoid scrubbing too hard but try to get off any dried blood. If you notice any severe redness, inflammation, or pus, these could be signs that it’s infected and you need to call Dr. Gregory Wiener’s office right away. If the incision site looks normal, continue to cleanse it.
Step 4: Apply the New Dressing
Using clean hands once again, apply the new, clean bandages and tape to your incision site— trying to leave it taut against the skin but not too tight.
Keeping your incision site clean after a breast augmentation is one of the best ways to make sure that you have a safe and speedy recovery. To learn more recovery tips, contact Dr. Gregory Wiener’s office today and schedule an appointment!