Having a Breast Augmentation will enhance your breasts to give you the breasts you’ve always desired. No matter the reason for getting your breast augmentation, whether for breast symmetry, correcting loss of volume, or another reason, it’s critical to do research before your procedure. While getting a breast augmentation can be exciting, post-op recovery is a critical time to ensure you get the best results after your surgery. Your plastic surgeon will give you a list of instructions to follow, and it’s essential to follow this set of rules. Below are some do’s and don’ts to help with your recovery.
After your Surgery, Do:
- Get lots of rest. Your body will need time to recover after surgery, so plan to take days off work/school to recuperate.
- Sleep on your back with your back slightly elevated. Sleeping in a reclined position can help reduce swelling and soreness. Many patients find it more convenient to sleep on a recliner or with a stack of pillows behind them.
- Take pain medication as prescribed by your plastic surgeon. It’s essential to stay on top of your pain to avoid discomfort.
- Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water to help eliminate toxins from the anesthesia and prevent becoming dizzy and suffering from fatigue.
- Get breast massages. Once cleared by your surgeon, they will teach you how to massage the breast implants. Massaging your breasts will help reduce the likelihood of capsular contracture and also help with implant settling.
After your Surgery, Don’t:
- Sleep on your stomach or your side. Sleeping on your stomach while recovering from a Breast Augmentation can put undue stress on the new implants.
- Go swimming. Wait until you get clear by your surgeon to avoid any water or bacteria entering your incisions that are still healing.
- Do any heavy lifting while still recovering. This includes small children. With consent from your surgeon, slowly work your way up to heavier exercises.
- Smoke or use tobacco products. Not only are tobacco products harmful to your cardiovascular health, but they will delay your body’s natural healing process and can cause infections.
- Take off your surgical bra for FOUR weeks, unless it’s to shower. And do not wear any bras with underwires for eight weeks post-surgery, as they can affect how your implants settle.