Simple Steps to Prevent Hematoma After Breast Augmentation
All of our patients in Houston, as well as Dr. Craig, want breast augmentation procedures to go as smoothly as possible. The vast majority of Dr. Craig’s surgeries occur with no problems at all; however, all surgeries carry some risk and one thing to be aware of following breast augmentation surgery is a hematoma.
A hematoma is rare but occurs if excessive blood collects outside the vessels following the breast augmentation. Dr. Craig takes extra time in the operating room to meticulously cauterize all of the blood vessels to minimize the chance of having a hematoma after surgery, however sometimes bleeding occurs after the procedure is done in response to things like coughing, or even abrupt movements such as getting out of bed, etc. Most women will not experience a hematoma, especially when preventative measures are taken before and after the procedure such as following Dr. Craig’s detailed post-operative instruction with specific activity restrictions. Hematomas will typically develop within a couple of days after the breast augmentation is complete. We have listed some steps that you can take to prevent them from occurring at all.
Steps to Take Before Breast Augmentation Surgery
Other medications may cause complications with the surgical procedure and as a result, patients in Houston should be specific and transparent with Dr. Craig about any and all the medications they take prior to surgery even herbal medications. Some medications may create problems and increase the chances of developing a hematoma. Even common medications like certain anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin may be problematic. These may need to be minimized or eliminated completely prior to the breast augmentation in order to ensure a hematoma does not occur. Dr. Craig will also likely suggest eliminating alcohol consumption a few weeks prior to the breast augmentation to reduce the chances of inflammation afterward.
After the Breast Augmentation
The same types of medication should be avoided after the breast augmentation as well; but, Dr. Craig will explain to each patient in Houston for how long. Patients are always encouraged to rest and refrain from strenuous exercising at least for a couple of weeks after breast augmentation surgery. Exercising or other similar activities can raise the blood pressure and increase the chances of developing a hematoma.
It’s also suggested for patients in Houston to stay out of the sun, saunas, hot tubs and refrain from using heating pads until Dr. Craig indicates otherwise.
Follow the Cosmetic Surgeon’s Advice
Each patient is unique, so Dr. Craig will often make suggestions specifically for you as an individual after careful discussion and review of your medical history and current health. Of course, there are some general tips for hematoma prevention; but, in partnership with patients are not required to memorize them all. The cosmetic surgeon performing the procedure should provide patients with all the information needed to make the breast augmentation as successful as possible. The only thing required from the patient is to follow their advice and recommendations of the doctor throughout the process.
Craig Plastic Surgery always stays on top of the latest trends, techniques, and technology when it comes to performing breast augmentation. We will not only prepare patients for what to expect during the procedure, but we are also there for them after the procedure to ensure the results are perfect and the patient recovered well.
To learn how Dr. Craig can help you achieve the look you’ve always desired, contact us today at (713) 346-9909 to set up a consultation.