If you are planning on having breast augmentation surgery, it is important to plan ahead for a smooth recovery. It may not seem like a priority right now, but a comfortable recovery can make all the difference both for how you feel in the days and weeks after your breast augmentation surgery, and the overall outcome of your procedure. The easier your recovery is, the sooner you will be able to get back to your full level of activity.
The experience of recovering from breast augmentation surgery can vary between patients, but in general is associated with minor discomfort. Your body’s response to the procedure as well as the nature of the surgery itself (such as the position of the implants) will play a large role in determining your individual experience. However, how straightforward your recovery will be will depend on several factors, including how prepared you are and how well you take care of yourself while you heal.
There are several steps you can take to prepare for your recovery and to make it as easy as possible. Here are some post-breast augmentation tips to help you have the best possible experience after your cosmetic surgery procedure.
Arrange for some help in the days after your surgery
You may be the most independent person in the world, but breast augmentation is real surgery and for the first few days after your procedure, you may feel tired and sore. Moving around may be more difficult than you expect, and while doing so will help with healing, you will need to avoid any heavy lifting and strenuous activity.
Therefore, you will need help picking up your child, for example, and planning to have assistance available in advance will prove very useful. Patients who arrange for someone to help with their children/pets and the usual daily running of the house for the first few days after surgery can concentrate on resting and healing, and this can take the burden off of you, the patient.
In addition, you should not drive until you are off of prescription pain medications, sutures are removed, and you are cleared by our staff. So, arranging for your transportation needs in advance of your procedure is a must as well.
Maximizing comfort after surgery
It is very common for patients to experience mild to moderate discomfort in the hours and days after their breast augmentation surgery. This is often a result of the swelling and tightness across the chest, as the skin stretches to accommodate your new, larger breasts and your body adjusts to their weight. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to help you with this discomfort. Please follow our instructions to make sure you are using this medication in the most effective way possible.
Make your room as comfortable as possible
A good night’s rest goes a long way towards accelerating the recovery process. By making your room as comfortable as possible you can help promote a restful night’s sleep. Put fresh sheets on your bed before you go in for your surgery, and make sure you have plenty of pillows on hand to help make you comfortable. You may be asked to sleep on your back for a period of time after surgery, so if you do not regularly do this you may want to try before your procedure to see how you respond.
Prepare some meals before your surgery
Eating healthy, nutritious meals will also help you heal, but you may not feel up to cooking, especially immediately after your breast augmentation. Many patients aid their recovery by preparing and freezing some of their favorite meals before they go in for surgery. That way you simply need to heat them, giving you all of the nutrition you need to heal quickly and successfully with minimal cooking effort.
By taking a little time to prepare yourself for the recovery period after your breast augmentation surgery, you can minimize your risk of complications and begin enjoying your results as rapidly as possible sooner. To find out more about breast augmentation surgery, including what to expect during your recovery, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and experienced team at 212-249-7500 of firstname.lastname@example.org.