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Breast Augmentation or Implant Exchange Discharge Instructions


  • Start with regular diet high in protein and low in sodium as tolerated.


  • Have your prescriptions filled BEFORE surgery and bring them with you the day of surgery.  
  • Take all medication as directed with plenty of water starting the day of surgery.
  • Use pain medication as needed for pain and discomfort. DO NOT DRIVE WHILE TAKING PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION.
  • You can use Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) 800 mg 3 times a day, as needed for discomfort, starting 24 hours after surgery.

Activity/Wound Care:

    • Keep back elevated on 2-3 pillows or in a recliner for the first 48-72 hours. This is to help decrease swelling and for comfort. Do not lay flat.
    • No heat or ice to the breasts
    • Breasts will be too big, too tight, too full on top initially.  This will resolve.


  • If one breast becomes noticeably larger than the other or if a large, bruised area appears unilaterally within the first 48 hours, call the office 910-338-5900 immediately.  


  • The day after surgery, it is okay to remove the surgical garment and any gauze pads to take a shower. Leave the brown episeals on.   After showering, pat dry and replace surgical garment, with additional padding, if needed.
  • Keep surgical bra on for 23 hours a day for the first week. You may switch to a supportive compression bra after the first week during any type of activity.
  • No underwire bras for 6 weeks.
  • Leave brown episeals on until Dr. Church or his staff remove them.
  • No lotion or ointment to surgical incision areas for one week.
  • No lifting heavier than 10 pounds or increasing heart rate for at least 1 week after surgery. No jarring or high impact exercises for at least 3 weeks after surgery.

Post-op Visits:

  • Post-op visits are very important. Follow up with scheduled appointment. If you were not given a follow-up appointment, please call the office within 24 hours of your procedure to arrange an appointment.
  • Then you will be seen again as follows: 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year out from surgery.

Additional Discharge Instructions:

    • Do not drive, operate mechanical equipment, or make important decisions for at least 24 hours after your surgery.




  • Please call the office at (910) 338-5900 if you experience any of the following:
    • Rash or hives
    • Fever of 101 or greater
    • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • If it is after hours, please call the office telephone number, you will be directed to the doctor or nurse on call.
  • If you have questions or concerns that are not an emergency, please call the office telephone number from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM Monday thru Friday, or leave a message on our voice mail after hours.


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