Tips on Products for Post Breast Surgery Care

Early signs of breast cancer. (photo credit: wikipedia)

Having breast surgery is a very traumatic experience for any woman. The most common reason for having to undergo this type of surgery is breast cancer. The incidence of breast cancer has risen steadily over the last decade and is now thought to affect one in eight women in the United States of America.

There are many different forms of treatment for breast cancer and many women don’t have to undergo surgery.

The next most common reason for undergoing breast surgery is breast augmentation. This operation is carried out for both cosmetic and medical reasons, but is still traumatic and takes time to recover.
For those that do have invasive breast surgery, there are a variety of different products that are on the market for use after breast surgery.

Post Breast Cancer Surgery

Having a breast removed is major surgery and the area may well be very painful and bruised.  These symptoms take a few days to subside, but there may still be others such as tingling, numbness, or some discomfort in the armpit or the inside of the upper arm.

• When putting on deodorant, ensure that you avoid the area of the incision
• Do not shave near the affected area
• Try rubbing some mild lotion onto the incision scar as it heals as it may well feel tough and thick.
• Vitamin E or lanolin can also help soften and soothe the scar
• Make sure you do not use any lotions or other products that contain a lot of perfume as this may well irritate the area.
• Any product containing alcohol should also be avoided for the same reason
• Remember that the incision area should be kept clean and dry for one week following the surgery

Post Cosmetic Breast Surgery

Following cosmetic breast surgery, you will feel quite bruised and swollen, especially around the area of the incision. This should start to subside after a week or two. You may also suffer a loss of sensation in the nipple and/or breast skin, but may return after a few weeks or months.

• If you are prescribed antibiotics, make sure you take them
• It is advisable to take vitamin C every day – 500 milligrams
• If there is a lot of swelling, wrap some ice in a towel and hold against the swollen area
• Arnica will help with any bruising
• Only use soap and water to wash under your arm
• Do not shower or use any other moisture in the area for at least 24 hours post surgery
• Make sure that you don’t let the surgical area be exposed to direct sunlight for at least one month. The scar itself should also be kept out of sunlight for one year.
Vitamin E or lanolin can also help soften and soothe the scar
• Make sure you do not use any lotions or other products that contain a lot of perfume as this may well irritate the area.
• Any product containing alcohol should also be avoided for the same reason

It is very important to follow your physician’s instructions after any type of surgery as it is very easy for infection to set in. Watch out for any of the following symptoms post surgery:

• Changes in the color of the skin around the incision area that look unusual
• An increase in pain around the incision sites
• A high fever
• Pain around the incision sites that becomes worse
• Breaking sutures

Make sure that you watch out for any of the above signs, as they are all signs that an infection is setting in. If you notice any of the above, it is vital that you seek medical advice straight away. If a postoperative infection is caught early it can normally be treated with antibiotics.

Left untreated, an infection can quickly spread, requiring the patient to be hospitalized to receive intravenous antibiotics. In the most severe cases, a postoperative infection can be fatal.

All types of surgery should be treated seriously and breast surgery is no exception. It is very important to follow the physician’s post surgery instructions to the letter and only to use products on the affected area that are perfume and alcohol free as they can cause intense irritation and a great deal of pain.
There are many products on the market that can help ease the irritation that comes as the scar heals and your pharmacist will be able to advise you on the most suitable lotions and oils for your situation.

Author Bio:

The writer, Eline Crist, is a creative writer that loves to write on woman health. One of her favorite information sources is Sprit of Life boutique.

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