Ultimate Recovery Guide to Breast Augmentation Surgery
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The advent of our imagery-driven society is constantly evolving. With the proliferation of social media influencers and wide-spread technologies that link our visual presence to our success, more people are turning to plastic surgery to look as good as they feel. Breast augmentation surgery has enhanced women’s bodies for decades, but with each generation comes an emphasis on different beauty ideals and standards.
If you’re looking to optimize these results as quickly as possible, knowing about your breast augmentation recovery is more important than ever.
How Can I Establish a Timeline?
Once you have spoken with your surgeon about what to expect for your breast augmentation procedure and what goals you would like your breast augmentation to meet, you should begin to discuss your recovery timeline. A recovery timeline is designed to help you anticipate what to expect as your body heals and adjusts to the breast augmentation. It is important to note that each recovery timeline is unique to a person’s physiology, environmental factors, and lifestyle.
One thing that is universal for everyone is the need to prepare before surgery.
How Should I Prepare for My Breast Augmentation?
There are several preparations you can make before you undergo surgery to help with the recovery process.
By thinking critically about your living space and your day-to-day routine, you can significantly increase your chances of a smooth recovery. Here is a list of some things to incorporate into your daily life:
- Dressing for Comfort: After surgery, the breasts and the areas around the breasts may be tender and sensitive to the touch. Wearing loose-fitting clothing, with plenty of breathable space, can significantly decrease the discomfort you experience as your breasts return to normal. It is also beneficial to wear clothes that do require you to lift your arms above your head. Instead, try to focus on button-up shirts or shirts made of stretchable fabrics that do not require excessive movement.
- Creating a Resting Space: Having an area at home that has been organized or designed for your recovery process is essential. It is important to stay as hydrated as possible, so having water readily available is vital. In addition to water, having food at a close vicinity is helpful so that you can easily give your body the proper amount of nutrition. Fitting your recovery space with pillows, cushions, and entertainment can also be useful for increasing the comfort and peacefulness during your recovery time.
- Organizing Your Life Ahead of Time: Your life shouldn’t have to revolve around your recovery. Preparation will help make your life easier and ensure that you can recover with the least amount of issues. By asking for help from a partner, family member, or friend, you can greatly reduce your stress as you heal, and filling your prescriptions before your breast augmentation will give you one less thing to worry about afterward.
- Don’t Overwhelm Yourself: It’s easy to get anxious and impatient in anticipation of your results. This excitement may cause you to return to specific activities before you are ready, which might be too stressful on your body. Following the post-operative care instructions given to you by Dr. Guy will help ensure everything moves smoothly.
What Should I Expect Immediately After My Breast Augmentation?
It is easy for some patients to feel disoriented and tired after waking up from their breast augmentation. As these symptoms subside, patients might experience light to moderate pain, which can be managed with medication. Remember to walk around to promote blood flow and avoid blood clotting. This should be done in proper balance with rest.
Most women do not experience any significant discomfort following a modern breast augmentation.
What Happens a Few Days After My Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation patient can ease swelling or bruising that might develop in the chest by applying cold compresses, such as ice packs, and drinking plenty of water. It is also important to wear the post op surgical bra given to you to support the new bust area. During this time, most patients are allowed to take showers.
As your healing improves, your implants will begin to soften and settle into a more desirable position. During this time, it may be possible to start post-surgery massages on the breasts to ease pain without disturbing the implants.
It is still important to refrain from drinking or smoking to maximize your blood flow.
What Happens a Few Weeks After My Breast Augmentation?
At this point, resuming your regular activities and light exercise is allowed to get your body more adjusted to your breasts’ new size and shape. However, patients should still avoid heavy lifting or excessive exercise that may disturb the implants too much.
Following a healthy and nutritious diet can help the body maintain a healthy figure and supply the body with the fuel it needs to recuperate.
What Happens a Few Months After My Breast Augmentation?
All exercises and activities can be resumed as your recovery is complete. Regular exercise and a healthy diet should be continued as they are important to maintaining your results and preserving your candidacy for future surgeries.
At this point, the only remaining concern may be the resulting scars under the breast fold, around the areola, or in the armpit. With your body fully adjusted to the breast implants, it is important to apply the proper ointments or creams to minimize any scarring.
Interested in Learning More?
Would you like to learn more about breast augmentation or another breast enhancement surgery? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Guy soon by calling our office at 321-727-1600 or by filling out our online contact form.