How long should you wear compression after top surgery?
Wear your chest compression vest 24/7 for 6 weeks post op. What should my activity level be? Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots. Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
Why do you need a compression vest after top surgery?
Yes, after surgery you will wear a compression vest. This vest is placed on your body in the operating room after surgery. This is very important to wear the vest at all times to prevent post-operative bleeding and fluid collections.
How long does it take for top surgery incisions to heal?
It may be 1-2 weeks before you’ll feel comfortable returning to work or school. Those with more strenuous jobs involving physical labor may require as long as 4-6 weeks. Pushing yourself before you’re ready can lead to setbacks in recovery.
How long do you wear compression vest?
You should wear a compression garment for four weeks after surgery or as directed by Dr. Lo. The compression garment helps minimize postoperative swelling and provides support for the treated area while you heal.
How long do I have to sleep on my back after top surgery?
Plan to sleep on your back with several pillows to elevate the head of your bed. This is to lessen the amount of swelling you experience, which may worsen in the first few days after surgery before getting better. Plan to sleep on your back for the first 6 weeks after surgery while your chest heals.
How long until I can sleep on my side after top surgery?
Sleep on your back for the first 2 weeks of your recovery period. At this point you may sleep on your side. Avoid any heavy lifting or intense exercise that involves the upper body during this time. This can aggravate the chest.
How long does it take to recover from top surgery FTM?
Recovery time for top surgery varies from person to person. People who get FTM or FTN top surgery generally return to work or school about two weeks after surgery. Those who get MTF or MTN top surgery can typically get back to work or school after one week.
How do you get rid of swelling from top surgery?
Compression garments help reduce swelling times and help the chest mold to its new contours following surgery. Ice pack applications during the first 24 to 48 hours post-surgery can also put swelling to a minimum. Limit activity and relax. Do not overexert yourself for the first week or two following surgery.
Can I sleep on my side after top surgery?
The most uncomfortable period is the first few days after surgery. Along with regular post-surgery fatigue, you may experience swelling, tenderness, and tightness in your chest due to the dressings. Moreover, you cannot sleep on your side and may have limited mobility in your upper body.
What is double incision top surgery?
The Double Incision Top Surgery procedure is the most widely-used technique and is ideal for those who are medium to large chested. During this procedure, the skin on the chest is opened along two horizontal incisions, at the top and bottom of the pectoral muscle. (The muscle itself is not touched.)
Can I wear deodorant after top surgery?
Do not use deodorant until instructed by your surgeon, as it may irritate your incision. (Usually you may resume in 1-2 weeks).
How long does it take for nipples to heal after top surgery?
After about 3 weeks, they should be completely healed and you can stop the dressing changes. It’s common for the center of the nipple graft to take the longest to heal. The center of the nipple may look like a hole or crater.