Cosmetic Surgery Recovery and Aftercare

Dr. Secretan is highly experienced in a full range of cosmetic surgery procedures and is fully committed to providing the highest quality of care with the most effective proven techniques available. At Lethbridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, our focus is on you, understanding your desires and educating you on the options available to achieve the best possible results.

Breast Augmentation & Breast Reduction

The goals of breast augmentation are to create breasts that look natural and fit with the overall proportions of a woman’s body.

A breast reduction has the ability to improve overall body contour by achieving more harmonious proportions, thereby making you feel better about yourself.

Please contact Dr. Secretan if you experience any of the following:

  • Your breasts are red and feel warm to the touch
  • You are running a fever over 101 F
  • Blood or other fluid keeps seeping through your incision
  • You have chest pain or trouble breathing

Swelling & Bruising

This is normal after surgery and will subside gradually over 7-10 days. You can minimize swelling by wearing a supportive sports bra, limiting your physical activity, and applying ice packs to the breasts during the first few days. If one one breast noticeably swells more than the other, please notify Dr. Secretan at Lethbridge Plastic Surgery.


Most patients experience pain and discomfort following surgery. This usually subsides after several days. You will have been given a prescription for pain medications and antibiotics which should adequately control any discomfort. If you experience increasing pain and are not responding to medication, please notify our office.


It is fine to start gentle physical activity in the second week after surgery. This includes walking and stretching. Heavier activities such as jogging, aerobics classes, contact sports, and upper body weights should be avoided for one month.


The body temperature may rise slightly after surgery. If fever persists after 24 hours, despite drinking liberal amount of fluid, notify Dr. Secretan’s office.


You will need to wear a surgical bra or a non-wire bra day and night for the first month after surgery. This will help to provide you with support during the early healing period. Underwire and push-up bras can be worn after the first month.


Dr. Secretan uses dissolvable stitches only, so there are no stitches to be removed. Once the initial bandage has been removed, it is fine to wash normally over the incision with soap and water. You can then apply a thin coat of Vitamin E oil or Dermatix to the incision once or twice daily.

Following your surgery, there are several things that you should be aware of. Most important, if there is anything at all that you are uncertain about, please make sure to contact our office at 403-381-0083 or email our help line at

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At Lethbridge Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, we’re always excited to provide you with excellent, high-quality services in a caring, comfortable, gentle, and professional way. We pride ourselves on providing top-quality cosmetic and aesthetic medicine procedures to Lethbridge and the surrounding areas.