6 Tips For an Easier Breast Augmentation Recovery
For some women undergoing a breast augmentation, the recovery is more worrisome than the procedure itself. Whether considering silicone or saline implants, the thought of ‘downtime’ and side effects can be nerve-wracking. The reality is, there will be some level of discomfort after a surgical procedure. Your body will need time to heal. The good news is, paying attention to your post-operative instructions and taking extra care of your body will make the road to recovery much easier.
1) Don’t go alone!
There is no denying that breast augmentation takes a toll on the body. It is extremely valuable to have a friend or family member by your side to assist before and after the procedure. It will be difficult to perform normal activities independently for 24 to 48 hours following the surgery.
2) Rest, rest, rest
During a breast augmentation patients are given general anesthesia and are prescribed pain medication following the surgery. These medications will help the body relax but can lead to drowsiness. Recovery time can vary from person to person, but all patients should allow themselves to rest as much as possible for several days following the surgery.
Aside from the drowsiness that medications can cause, they may leave you feeling very thirsty. It is important to have plenty of water ready—and within arm’s reach—for the time spent resting.
4) Avoid lying horizontally
To ensure not to overexert the body, a recliner or upright seating positionis recommended when you first arrive home from surgery. For a few days to a week, it may be difficult and uncomfortable to lie down horizontally.
5) Stay positive!
It is important to remember that discomfort is temporary and completely normal. Patients recovering from breast augmentation will often be surprised at how soon they feel able to get back on their feet, with some short-lived physical limitations.
6) Take the doctor’s advice in the weeks and months to come
The weeks and months after the surgery are a crucial time to ensure proper healing. Following the post procedure instructions we give you will lead to a more comfortable and more successful recovery. To avoid scar tissue buildup and maximize recovery, Dr. Franckle may recommend certain exercises and massaging methods so that the implant falls into place appropriately. Any questions about your recovery should be directed to Dr. Franckle or our office staff. We are just a phone call away!