There are a number of recommendations or tips to follow after the breast augmentation intervention, including how and when to sunbathe after surgery. Your new look after the intervention is immediate, since this procedure has a very fast recovering process making reach the final result really quick. It is usually before three months, once the prosthesis is fully seated in the chest. During the first month, surgeons recommend using a special fastener that helps the prosthesis stay in place, preventing any possible movement. Normally, after a month you can already use a normal bra, or not use a bra at all, except when doing sports, you should always use sports bras.
It is a great satisfaction to all of the patients to go to the beach looking their new figure, with new bikinis that look much better. But there are not too many studies on the effect of the sun and the sun’s rays on the scars of the intervention and, specifically, during the healing process, so the answer to the question of how and when to sunbathe will depend on the experience of each surgeon and the patient’s skin. Many surgeons recommend that you shouldn’t sunbathe for at least a year and apply a lot of protection even with your bikini or bathing suit on because the sun’s rays can penetrate your fabric, especially if it is light-colored. These surgeons think that sunbathing with implants or breast prostheses can aggravate the pigmentation of the scar making them more visible.
Other surgeons reduce that period to about three months depending on the type of skin of each patient. In any case, the debate is eliminated if the intervention is performed after the summer and it takes more than six months until exposure to the sun, a term that most surgeons consider more than sufficient. You can consult with Bonomedico surgeons the most important precautions to follow in your case that will depend on the skin type of each patient. In www.bonomedico.es you can find the surgeon closest to your address and clarify any doubts. They are surgeons with years of experience and hundreds of satisfied patients are their best guarantee.
Although creams or sunscreens greatly reduce the harmful effects of sun rays, their effectiveness depends always on several factors such as the skin type of the patient, the amount of cream applied and its frequency, the protection factor, the capacity of absorption of the skin, activity developed under the sun and exposure time. Experts agree that an application of 2 grams per square centimeter applied about 15 or 20 minutes before sunbathing with the breast implant or breast prosthesis increases the effectiveness of the sun cream and should be repeated every thirty minutes of exposure to the sun. They also claim that almost no one or a few people strictly adhere to these recommendations so they advise using sunscreens with full 50-factor protection as well as wide-brimmed hats and beach umbrellas to reduce exposure to sunlight, even on cloudy days . It should not be forgotten at any time that the sun’s rays darken the marks of the scars, reason why is necessary an adequate protection.
In addition to precautions when sunbathing after a breast augmentation, there are a number of basic tips that help the healing process such as eliminating tobacco, as its consumption contracts the blood vessels reducing the flow of blood and therefore the supply of oxygen needed for an appropriate healing. There are no special recommendations as to diet, you can just increase vitamin C and D intake. Many specialists recommend the use of musk oil, as it promotes healing by its omega 3 and 6, antioxidants and vitamins.
It is important to know the healing process to understand the importance of these cares during the period recommended by the surgeon. In a breast augmentation surgery it’s essential to perform a small incision to introduce the prostheses which will end up forming a small scar. This scar will be almost invisible because of its location (areola of the nipple or under the breast), and the skill of the surgeon.
However, a number of basic tips should be followed to achieve correct healing that begins right after the procedure to recover or regenerate the damage caused by cutting the tissues and skin. This process has a biological period of recovery to achieve the desired aesthetic and correct functioning of damaged tissue. In this type of intervention the fundamental objective, besides the functional recovery of damaged tissues, is that the aesthetic result is flawless.
Tissue recovery stages
- Days one to four is the first phase and there’s inflammation while the wound is closing up. The blood vessels are contracted at first to contain the hemorrhage, and once this step is achieved, they dilate to stimulate the migration of the cells. The wound begins to get clean and usually presents symptoms of heat, itching and even occasional pain.
- Day five to forty, in which regeneration of damaged tissues begins with the formation of blood vessels and new skin.
- After forty days the wound matures, the scar becomes soft and loses volume and the itching stops. The damaged tissue recovers its tensile strength up to eighty percent, which is pretty normal.
Factors that could influence directly or indirectly in the healing process
The experience and skill of the plastic surgeon comes in play, who needs to always pays particular attention when choosing the most suitable area for the incision. He has to use very fine and special stitches in each intervention, which, along with the surgeon’s ability, will help to reduce the damage to the skin and tissues achieving a less visible scar.
In addition, the evolution of the scar will depend in the amount of the blood supply to the damaged tissues and the nutrition they get from it, but this will always vary in each patient. In cases where this process is too slow, there are several drugs that enhance these functions of the body.
There are also several situations that directly or indirectly influence this process such as the patient’s age (since an older body has less healing capacity); The patient’s previous diseases that can affect (such as diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, hyper or hypo thyroids, etc.); The tobacco consumption we have described above; Alcohol consumption and radiotherapy and chemotherapy sessions …
As in so many other situations, a lot of caution is recommended before sunbathing with a breast implant by all plastic surgeons to achieve the best aesthetic result with each patient. You should not take any advice from friends or anyone who have also undergone a breast augmentation and in a few weeks had sunbathing without consequence, because each patient is different and your body reacts different to similar situations. The recovery of each woman is subject to deadlines that doesn’t always coincide with others and the opinion of the surgeon who has operated must prevail over any other.
Risks that may delay sunbathing
There are a number of risks and complications in this intervention that can delay sunbathing with a breast implant such as:
- Bruises: accumulations of blood somewhere in the chest. They usually disappear in a few days, by themselves, without any treatment, although drainage is recommended to avoid its appearance.
- Infections: with signs such as fever and in some cases chest inflammation that have solution with antibiotics. Infection is usually located in the area where the prosthesis is located and, only in very serious and exceptional cases, involves the removal of the prosthesis.
- Serum or accumulation of fluid around the implant: it is a very normal situation and it’s absorbed by the body in a few days.
- A capsular contracture: they are produced by a tightening and contraction of the tissue that the breast creates to wrap and isolate the implant, which is a foreign body, and is the normal mechanism of adaptation after the implant. This tissue forms something like a layer or cloth that wraps around the breast and whose texture is soft. If a capsular contracture is produced, the pain is usually intense and can lead to deformation of the chest, resulting in an unnatural appearance. It occurs in very exceptional cases as new techniques and advances in new materials have greatly reduced these cases. The contractures can be grade one when it is barely perceptible and the breast is still soft to the touch and very natural looking. As it advances in hardness and its appearance no longer looks natural, it can reach the fourth degree, where the chest becomes very hard and deformations are evident to the touch and eye, emerging pain or discomfort. These contractures were more frequent years ago but the current models of prostheses have greatly reduced their appearance.