Despite the fact that breast augmentation procedures have become fairly routine, the fact remains that it is a surgical process requiring adequate preparation and recovery time.
Most women have no problem making a quick and full recovery afterward. In fact, almost 100% are fully recovered within a month to six weeks after breast augmentation surgery. In order to recover within this standard time frame (without complications), we would like to share some of the crucial steps you should take in order to heal properly.
Recovery Tips for Breast Augmentation Surgery
It is extremely important to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions after surgery. He or she will give you a very detailed list of post-op instructions to follow after you return home. It is critical that you take these directions to heart.
The First Couple of Days
The first few days right after your surgery are usually the hardest. The very best tip we can give you is to get plenty of rest. Please follow the below guidelines for ensuring that you give your body the rest it needs to heal as quickly as possible:
- Sleep propped up on a pillow in your bed or in a recliner so that you are lying at a 45 degree angle. This will help to keep swelling to a minimum.
- Do not engage in any physical activities where you could overexert yourself. During your first few post-op appointments, you will be directed as to when you can resume strenuous exercise.
- Try to eat small, light meals and snacks during the first three days after surgery. This will help you avoid nausea.
- You will experience discomfort. This is completely normal and is to be expected. Although all women suffer from some kind of discomfort, larger implants can cause even more soreness in the chest muscles.
- Your plastic surgeon will prescribe you antibiotics and pain medications. Take them as instructed and finish your antibiotics, even after you feel better.
Getting Back to Life After Breast Surgery
After you start feeling better, it is important to start engaging in your normal, everyday activities. Avoid lifting heavy objects (over 25 pounds) and strenuous exercise for at least three weeks after surgery. Remember to attend all of your required follow-up appointments as directed by your plastic surgeon. This way, your progress can be checked and any situations that arise can be dealt with immediately.
If you take it easy and allow your body time to heal, you will make a full recovery in the shortest amount of time with little to no complications.
Ready to come in for a free consultation? Find out whether breast augmentation is right for you and learn all about the healing process. Call our New York breast enlargement surgeons in New York City or Long Island today at 212.206.0023 or 631.499.1831!
To a Quick Recovery,
The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team