Dressings & Stitches

Keep all your dressings intact until you see Michelle at your follow up appointment. These dressings are waterproof which means you can shower with them on. If water happens to get underneath the dressings to the suture line, you can change the dressings to a similar dressing until your follow up in the rooms. You will have dissolvable sutures from your surgery, they will dissolve over a period of weeks to a couple of months.

Surgical Bra

You will be provided with a surgical garment (bra). This garment is to be worn for a minimum period of six weeks unless advised other-wise post-operatively, excluding showering. Please allow this time before bra shopping.
You may also be required to wear a stabiliser band. Please wear black stabiliser bands provided for a minimum period of two weeks OR if instructed otherwise by your surgeon.
Additional bras can be purchased from https://exquisitebodies.com.au/alice-post-op-bra-hook-eye/ Kmart also sell post surgical bras, I suggest trying the bra on to ensure it is comfortable and offers similar support to your surgical bra.


Swelling is to be expected for a minimum of 6wks and will fluctuate on occasions but will continue to improve over the next 12 weeks before it completely subsides. Ice packs will ease discomfort and aid with swelling in the acute stages of your recovery (avoid direct contact with skin). If you have had fat grafting you can apply a cold compress in this area.


The initial swelling of this process usually takes around 6wks and the whole process can take up to 6 months. During this time you may feel like your implants look smaller than expected, square, asymmetrical, one being higher than the other or both too high. Please be patient with this process and your recovery.


You may experience numbness or lack of/increase sensitivity in areas caused by the stretching of the sensory nerves. This is only temporary and will likely resolve in a few weeks. We advise lightly touching as much as you can tolerate. This helps to desensitise the new nerves and will also help to relieve the pain and shooting sensation. Nerve pain is described as a burning, shooting, electric shock sensation. Throughout surgery, nerve fibres are stretched and injured due to implant placement, creating these sensations. Nerve related pain commonly occurs during the first six months post-operatively.
Crunching/Air bubbles or fluid can sometimes be felt or heard until the implants “drop and fluff” into place, this will eventually be absorbed into the body over the next few weeks.


Please refrain from strenuous exercise, straining or heavy lifting for the first six weeks. We do, however, encourage patients to gently mobilise every day. Avoid directly activating your chest muscle post-surgery. Your muscles have been directly affected throughout surgery and will take approximately six weeks to heal. You can swim from 4 weeks and once your wounds have completely healed.


You may sleep flat or on your side with a pillow to support your back. Be mindful not to put pressure on your breasts for the first week.


After your surgery your anaesthetist will have prescribed you medication. Take this as instructed. It will help with your pain and help you to relax making your postoperative recovery easier. All medication will be talked through with your anaesthetist on the day of surgery and a full medication history will be noted. Your medications will come with instructions of when to take and how many tablets to take each time. You will be unable to drive until all prescription pain relief has ceased and you feel physically ready. If the pain is mild or you have exhausted your strong pain relief, take Nurofen or Panadol as the side effects are minimal.


These are common side effects of general anesthesia and/or opioid analgesia. At lower doses opioid pain relief can make you feel sleepy and decrease pain but in higher doses can make some people feel nauseated. If you can control your pain, reduce the dose of your pain relief medication to treat. Your pain relief is only as needed and ensure you are staying hydrated.


This is the most common side effect of opioid pain relief medications. To avoid constipation post-surgery we recommend taking an over the counter gentle laxative like Movicol from the day of your surgery until you have ceased all pain relief to prevent bloating and constipation. Gentle walking, drinking plenty of water and eating more fibre is also advised.


Although most dissolvable sutures will be absorbed, it is very common for the human body to reject them completely. Spitting Sutures will need to be removed in a sterile manner to avoid infection. Signs and symptoms are small lumps that appear like pimples along the incision site. The surrounding skin becomes irritated, inflamed or sore. You can feel hard areas protruding throughout the incision site that may catch on clothing. Please notify Michelle via email if you feel this may be occurring.


Cessation of smoking or vaping is essential for a minimum of 4wks prior to and 6wks post procedure. Smoking decreases oxygenation to tissue and impairs wound healing. Complications that arise from smoking negatively affect general health and, in some instances, lead to a poor aesthetic outcome.
No alcohol for a minimum 48hrs prior to surgery and 1 week post to reduce the risk of developing any complications.


Scar treatment will commence after your dressings are removed, around the 3 week mark. This gel is called Strataderm Gel and is readily available at all pharmacies.

Risks and complications of cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery is still surgery and as such always has potential risks and complication. It is important for anyone considering cosmetic surgery to be well-informed and aware of the possible adverse outcomes. Dr Alex Phoon is a fully qualified Australian specialist plastic and cosmetic surgeon who operates with an experienced team in leading public and private hospitals in Sydney Australia.
In this article, we will dive into the various risks and complications associated with cosmetic surgery, providing insights into each aspect.


One of the most common concerns among patients undergoing cosmetic surgery is the potential for scarring. While skilled surgeons strive to minimize scarring, it is an inevitable part of the healing process.

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The severity of scarring varies depending on the individual and the procedure performed. Certain factors, such as genetics and skin type, can also influence how prominent scars may be. However, it is worth noting that in many cases, scars fade over time and can be further improved through scar revision techniques.

Scarring is a natural part of the body’s healing process. When the skin is injured, whether through surgery or trauma, the body responds by forming new collagen fibres to repair the damage. This process can result in the formation of a scar, which is a visible mark on the skin that differs in texture and colour from the surrounding tissue.

There are different types of scars that can occur after cosmetic surgery. One common type is a hypertrophic scar, which is characterized by raised and thickened tissue. These scars may be red or pink in colour and can be itchy or uncomfortable. Another type of scar is a keloid, which is an overgrowth of scar tissue that extends beyond the boundaries of the original wound. Keloids are more common in individuals with darker skin tones and can be more challenging to treat.

Fortunately, advancements in surgical techniques and post-operative care have greatly improved the management of scars. Surgeons take great care in placing incisions in inconspicuous areas and using techniques to minimize tension on the wound, which can help reduce the risk of visible scarring. Additionally, patients are often advised to follow a specific scar care regimen, which may include keeping the incision site clean, applying silicone gel or sheets, and avoiding sun exposure.

In some cases, scar revision techniques may be recommended to further improve the appearance of scars. These techniques can include laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, or surgical excision. Laser resurfacing uses a laser to remove the top layers of the skin, promoting the growth of new, healthier skin cells. Dermabrasion involves using a rotating brush or diamond wheel to gently remove the outer layers of the skin, revealing smoother skin underneath. Surgical excision involves removing the scar tissue and rejoining the edges of the skin to create a more aesthetically pleasing scar.

It is important for patients to have realistic expectations when it comes to scarring. While surgeons strive to minimize scarring, it is impossible to eliminate it. However, with proper care and the use of scar revision techniques, the appearance of scars can be significantly improved. Patients should discuss their concerns and expectations with their surgeon prior to undergoing any cosmetic procedure to ensure they have a clear understanding of the potential for scarring and the available treatment options.


Infections are another risk associated with any surgical procedure, including cosmetic surgery. Despite stringent sterilization protocols followed by healthcare professionals, there is still a possibility of infection.

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To mitigate this risk, surgeons prescribe antibiotics pre- and post-surgery, adhere to aseptic techniques, and closely monitor patients for signs of infection. It is crucial for patients to follow their surgeon’s aftercare instructions to minimize the risk of infection.

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, infection is a concern that cannot be ignored. Surgical procedures, no matter how minor, create an entry point for bacteria and other microorganisms. Although healthcare professionals take every precaution to maintain a sterile environment, the human body is naturally teeming with bacteria, making it impossible to eliminate the risk entirely.

Fortunately, surgeons are aware of this risk and take proactive measures to minimize the chances of infection. One such measure is the prescription of antibiotics. Prior to surgery, patients are often given a course of antibiotics to help prevent any potential infection from taking hold. These antibiotics are carefully chosen based on the patient’s medical history and the specific procedure being performed.

Post-surgery, patients are usually required to continue taking antibiotics for a certain period. This helps to ensure that any bacteria that may have entered the body during the procedure are promptly eradicated. By adhering to the prescribed antibiotic regimen, patients can significantly reduce the risk of developing an infection.

In addition to antibiotics, surgeons also follow strict aseptic techniques during the surgical procedure itself. This involves maintaining a sterile environment, using sterile instruments and equipment, and wearing appropriate protective clothing, such as gloves and masks. These precautions help to minimize the introduction of bacteria into the surgical site, further reducing the risk of infection.

Despite these measures, it is important to note that infections can still occur. The human body is a complex system, and sometimes even the most stringent precautions cannot completely eliminate the risk. However, by closely monitoring patients for signs of infection, surgeons can detect and treat any potential infections early on, preventing them from becoming serious complications.

Patients also play a crucial role in minimizing the risk of infection. Following the surgeon’s aftercare instructions is of utmost importance. This may include keeping the surgical site clean and dry, avoiding certain activities or behaviours that could increase the risk of infection, and promptly reporting any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge.

In conclusion, while the risk of infection is present in any surgical procedure, including cosmetic surgery, healthcare professionals take numerous precautions to minimize this risk. From prescribing antibiotics to following aseptic techniques, surgeons prioritize patient safety and strive to create the best possible outcome. However, it is essential for patients to actively participate in their own aftercare and follow the instructions provided by their surgeon to further reduce the risk of infection.


Pain and discomfort is a common experience following cosmetic surgery but can be mitigated with modern analgesic strategies.

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The extent of pain can vary depending on the procedure, the individual’s pain tolerance, and the body’s healing response. Surgeons typically prescribe pain medications to manage any discomfort during the recovery period. It is important for patients to communicate their pain levels with their healthcare providers, as proper pain management is crucial for a smooth recovery.

Undesirable cosmetic outcome

While cosmetic surgery aims to enhance aesthetics, there is always a risk of an undesirable cosmetic outcome.

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Factors such as unrealistic expectations and the biological unpredictability of healing can contribute to suboptimal results. It is essential for patients to have open and honest discussions with their surgeons about their desired outcomes, potential limitations, and realistic expectations. This helps ensure that both parties are on the same page and reduces the chances of disappointment. Revision surgery might be an option should this be an issue.

Nerve damage

Another potential complication of cosmetic surgery is nerve damage.

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Surgeons take great care to avoid damaging nerves during procedures, but it is not always possible to eliminate this risk entirely. Nerve damage can cause numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the operated area. In most cases, nerve function gradually improves, but it may take some time for complete resolution. Patients should be aware of this potential risk and discuss it with their surgeon before proceeding with the surgery.

Bruising and swelling

Bruising and swelling are common after cosmetic surgery, particularly in the early stages of recovery.

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These symptoms are part of the body’s natural response to trauma. Surgeons may recommend compression garments, elevation, and cold compresses to help minimize these effects. While bruising and swelling are temporary, they can cause discomfort and can affect the recovery timeline. Patience and adherence to post-operative guidelines can aid in reducing the duration and severity of these side effects.


Bleeding during or after surgery is a potential complication that can occur in any surgical procedure, including cosmetic surgery.

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Surgeons take measures to control bleeding during the operation, but occasionally, some post-operative bleeding may occur. It is crucial for patients to inform their healthcare providers if they experience excessive bleeding or if they are unable to control bleeding with gentle pressure. Immediate medical attention is necessary to address this complication. If there is major bleeding, you might require a blood transfer or transfer to a hospital for additional treatment.


A seroma is a pocket of fluid that can accumulate under the skin after surgery.

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It forms as a result of the body’s inflammatory response. Seromas are more common in larger surgical procedures and can lead to swelling and discomfort. Surgeons may drain seromas through aspiration or place drains to prevent their accumulation. A surgical drain can be used to minimise this risk. Close monitoring by healthcare providers is crucial to ensure the timely detection and management of seromas.

Anaesthetic complications

Although rare, complications related to anaesthesia can occur during cosmetic surgery.

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Anaesthesia is administered to ensure patient comfort and safety during the procedure. Factors such as individual reactions, allergies, or underlying health conditions can increase the risk of complications. Anaesthetists are highly trained professionals who monitor patients closely throughout the surgery to minimize any potential risks.


While the risk of death from cosmetic surgery is extremely low, it is essential to acknowledge that any surgical procedure carries inherent risks.

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Every effort is made to prioritize patient safety and ensure favourable outcomes. The preoperative assessment, careful surgical planning, and adherence to appropriate protocols help minimize this risk. Patients should discuss their specific concerns with their surgical team and feel confident in the expertise and experience of their chosen surgeon.

In conclusion, cosmetic surgery offers individuals an opportunity to enhance their appearance, but it is essential to recognize that it is not without its risks and complications. By understanding and discussing these potential outcomes with their surgeons, patients can make informed decisions and take necessary precautions to optimize their safety and overall surgical experience. With proper expectations, diligent aftercare, and open communication, the risks associated with cosmetic surgery can be minimized, and the goal of achieving desired aesthetic improvements can be realized.



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