Stages of Recovery After Breast Augmentation
You are preparing yourself for the change of a lifetime by completing breast augmentation surgery to become a better version of yourself. Now is the time to consider taking care of your financial investment and your body so that you can heal completely and fully from surgery.
Every person heals at different rates and will handle the surgery differently. Most surgeons agree that it takes at least six weeks to fully recover and heal. However, you may start feeling better in as little as a week. Even if you are feeling fully capable it is important to take things easy so that the body has a chance to fully integrate with the implant and to reduce the risk of postoperative injury.
Prepping Before Surgery
Firstly, it is imperative to invest in at least two recovery bras. These are designed to limit the movement of your breasts and apply gentle compression to take the strain off of the incisions and your healing tissues. The compression will also facilitate lymphatic fluid circulation which speeds up healing and reduces swelling.
After your surgery, you’re not going to want to cook, clean, or shop. If you can, do all of your cleaning the week before your surgery. Making meals for the week ahead and freezing them will also incentivize you to eat when you’re recovering and reduce your stress. When you go to the store, stock up on hydrating beverages like Pedialyte and bone broth. Keep easy to eat healthy snacks on hand like vegetables, fruits, low-sodium deli meats, and cheeses.
Enlist the help of a friend or partner to drive you to and from your surgery and stay with you for 24 hours afterward in case you need help with activities. You can expect to feel groggy and sore after surgery, much like a hangover. Set aside some movies or shows that you’ve been meaning to watch and settle in for a quiet night.
The First Week
The first week after surgery is undoubtedly the most uncomfortable and you will likely be prescribed painkillers. These may prevent you from driving safely, so it’s helpful to have someone on hand to drive yourself or your children, and you shouldn’t expect you’ll be feeling well enough to work. You should avoid lifting anything heavy, particularly if it puts pressure against your chest.
After the First Week
After the first week, you can start slowly easing back into your daily activities. Make sure to listen to your body and understand that healing can make you feel more tired, hungry, or thirsty than usual. If you experience any lasting pain or pain that is more extreme than expected, call up your surgeon’s office and consult with them. However, this is a great time to start up yoga, gentle pilates, or other light exercises. Avoid high impact activities that could cause tearing in your healing chest.
If you have a strenuous and physically demanding job, it is recommended to get three weeks off of work before returning. Any injury obtained postoperatively can cause serious complications to your health, recovery time, and the placement of your implants.
Most importantly, take the time to relax and enjoy the new you that you have achieved. Daniel Richardson MD and his team will guide you through the process with care and attention to detail so that you can achieve your best self.