Immediately after surgery, the reconstructed breast(s) may be covered with dressings. Alternatively, the wound may be held together with sticky plastic strips, which are left in place until the wound has healed.
Your surgeon or nurse will tell you whether you should keep the area dry or if you can gently shower the wound with clean water. Pat the wound area dry with a clean towel – don’t rub it. Once the wound has healed you can bath or shower as normal. Wash with lukewarm water and unperfumed soap, and rinse the wound well.
Your new breast(s) will be swollen to begin with. Your reconstructed breast(s) will gradually get smaller over a few weeks or months as the swelling goes down.