Fat Transfer to Breasts
The following information is intended exclusively for Barrett Plastic Surgery patients. If you have had surgery by another surgeon, please follow up with that surgeon for your post-operative instructions. Congratulations on completing your surgery! Please reference these instructions over the coming weeks as you begin your recovery process.
A responsible adult must provide transportation for you after surgery (public transportation/Uber is not permissible).
A responsible adult must stay with you until the morning following the procedure. If you are having several procedures, you may need or prefer assistance for 1-2 days following your procedure.
Avoid making major decisions or participating in activities that require judgment for 24 hours after surgery.
Get plenty of rest and follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity and pain medication may promote constipation, so you may want to increase your fluid intake and add more fruits to your diet.
Take all medications as instructed postoperatively.
Wash your face, hair, and body with antibacterial soap before coming into the office on the day of surgery.
Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
Do not consume any alcohol for 2 weeks after your procedure.
Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.
For the first week, sleep with your back elevated using pillows for support. We want your grafted fat to stay in a perfect position during the initial healing process.
Remove the scopolamine patch from behind your ear after surgery, as it may cause blurry vision when worn for too long.
Shower 24 hours after surgery. Leave any steri-strips on and pat dry with a clean towel.
Surface sutures are removed in 5-14 days.
Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.
Compression garments should be worn for at least 2 weeks after surgery.
Keep steri-strips on for 4-6 weeks as directed by Dr. Barrett.
The medical team will advise you when to start Skinuva scar gel.
No baths, hot tubs or swimming for 6 weeks.
Avoid exposing scars to the sun for at least 12 months. Always use a strong sunblock.
Temporary pain, soreness, and numbness. Maximum discomfort will occur the first few days.
As the nerves regenerate, the nipples commonly become hypersensitive. This will subside with time. You may find that gentle massaging helps.
Bruising and swelling is normal in the breasts, as well as the abdomen as it can travel downward due to gravity.
It is quite common for the two breasts to heal differently. One may swell more, one may feel more uncomfortable, or the shapes may differ initially. After complete healing, they should look remarkably similar and natural.
Regeneration of the sensory nerves is accompanied by tingling, burning, or shooting pains, which will disappear with time and are nothing to be alarmed about.
You should be resting the remainder of the day of surgery, but be sure to walk around a few times per day.
During the first week, do not lift over 10 pounds.
It is important that you not engage in strenuous activities in the first 3 weeks after surgery.
Fever of 101 degrees F or greater.
Pain is not relieved with pain medication.
Swelling, redness, bleeding, and/or foul drainage from the incision area.
Persistent nausea and/or vomiting.
You have not urinated for more than 6 hours after getting home from surgery.