Caring for the incision site

Depending on your surgical procedure, you may require assistance with your surgical sites. If you require drain care or dressing changes after your surgery, we will arrange for a nurse within your community through the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) prior to your discharge from the hospital. Recently, the delivery of the LHIN services across Ontario has been changed and you may be required to travel to a clinic to receive nursing care for your drains or dressings. The nurse can help you ma​​​nage your drains (if any) and dressings. You can ask the nurse any questions you may have about caring for yourself after the surgery.

The sutures used in the operation dissolve and do not need to be removed. Sometimes a dissolving suture from deeper within the incision will come up through your skin. If this happens, use a small pair of clean nail trimmers to trim the end of the suture flush with the skin.


Nipple reconstruction care

Immediately after the operation, your new nipple will be twice as large as it will be after some recovery time. Don’t worry, the nipple will soon settle down.​

Learn more about going home after nipple reconstruction​.


Clothing to wear after surgery

Wear loose, soft clothing for the first 2 to 3 weeks after your surgery. You can wear a soft cup bra for support during the first few days after surgery. We recommend you start with a soft, front-fastening, sports bra. Do not wear a bra with underwire for the first 6 weeks after surgery.

Learn more about recovering from surgery.

Last reviewed: 10/1/2018
Last modified: 1/4/2019 10:44 AM