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Do and Don’ts After Breast Surgery

The prospect of getting breast augmentation is thrilling for many women. On the eve of your procedure, you may be filled with excitement at the prospect of your new curves and slim figure. You have every reason to be enthusiastic! However, keep in mind that you won’t be able to fully enjoy your new curves until the surgery is completed. You’ll need to rest and recover your body while you wait for the bruising and swelling to go away.

There are a few important steps you can take (and a few things to avoid) throughout this recovery phase to not only speed up your recovery but also to achieve the best possible outcomes. Consider the following dos and don’ts following breast augmentation.

 Things to Do After Breast Surgery

  • The doctors will provide you with a list of recovery tips following your Houston breast augmentation to help you heal as quickly as possible. This list, which you should strictly adhere to, will include instructions such as:
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after your breast augmentation. You will not be permitted to drive yourself home after your surgery because you will be sedated.
  • Arrange for someone to stay with you at home for the first day or two after your surgery to help you get around and to be there in case you have a reaction to the general anaesthesia you received.
  • Rest for the first few days after your breast augmentation to allow your body to heal.
  • Get a good night’s sleep by lying in a recliner, on your back with pillows under your knees and back, or in the foetal position.
  • Increase your energy levels by eating nutritious meals and snacks.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing in the days following your breast augmentation.
  • Take any pain and antibiotic medications exactly as prescribed, even if it means waking up in the middle of the night, to avoid missing a dose. Missing a dose can make it difficult to manage any pain you may be experiencing.
  • Avoid any high-impact exercise that could cause your new augmentation to move. Walking and light aerobic exercise are recommended and will not harm your results.
  • Contact your cosmetic surgeon right away if you develop a fever within a few days of your breast augmentation procedure, or if you have any questions or concerns.
  • We’ll start with some proactive steps you can take to improve your recovery.
  • Make sure you get plenty of rest. Breast augmentation is surgical intervention, and your body would need time to recover after any major procedure. We suggest that breast implant clients spend at least a weekend break relaxing in bed or on the sofa, having to get up only as needed, and ignoring any intense exercise.
  • Do not lay on your rear. Recollect that your transplants will still be going to settle into place after breast augmentation. If you lie on your stomach, the final placement of those implants may be altered, potentially risking your results. Spend as much of your healing time possible on your back.
  • Do eat healthily. It is critical to provide your body with the nutrients it requires to heal and restore power. Filling up on unhealthy food and simple carbs will not help you recover and function normally. Rather, focus on eating a variety of protein foods, fruits and vegetables, essential fats, and the whole grains.
  • Inquire with your surgeon about pain medication. You will be given a prescription for pain relievers prior to your surgery. Take as directed, and also inquire with your surgeon about OTC remedies. Many patients are able to recover comfortably with Motrin or Aleve.
  • Have patience with yourself. Remember that you will have some swelling for a few weeks after your breast augmentation procedure. As a result, the outcome of your surgery will be difficult to discern. Keep going and trust the process. Be patient with yourself, and remember that amazing results will come in due time!
  • DO notify your cosmetic surgeon if you have any issues or queries. If you have any concerns or questions about the recovery period, please consult with your cosmetic surgeon.

Things Not to Do After Breast Surgery

In addition to the above “do’s” after your breast augmentation, you should avoid the following tasks that can have a detrimental effect on your process of healing.

  • Avoid heavy lifting, carrying, or pushing in the first few weeks following your breast augmentation surgery. This includes not picking up, carrying small children or heavy purses.
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach or side, which can be painful and have an adverse effect on your healing process and final breast augmentation results.
  • Don’t be concerned if your breasts appear high set at first; they will drop, fluff, and fall into their final, more natural position over time.
  • Avoid getting your breasts wet for the first few weeks after surgery, whether in a bath, shower, or pool.
  • Avoid wearing an underwire bra, which can be painful and prevent your breast implants from properly settling.
  • Avoid wearing bras with underwires. Following your surgery, you may be given a special support bra, which you should wear almost constantly during your recovery period. Wear it only when showering and for as long as your surgeon recommends. (In some cases, a surgeon may advise you to wear a regular sports bra.) Underwire bras should be avoided because they can irritate your incision site and change the final positioning of the implants.
  • Avoid doing any heavy lifting. Not only should you avoid regular physical activity during your recovery period, but you should also avoid lifting your children or moving any heavy items around the house. Lifting heavy objects can cause pain and potentially jeopardise your final results.
  • Do not go swimming.In fact, we would advise against using swimming pools, bathtubs, Jacuzzi, swimming in the lake or ocean. The reason for this is straightforward. It’s critical to keep excess water out of your incision site to reduce your risk of infection. To clean up, take a shower and follow any special instructions your surgeon gives you.
  • Stop smoking or using tobacco products. Tobacco products can slow your healing process, potentially extending your breast augmentation recovery time. We advise patients to stop smoking or using tobacco products at least two months before their breast augmentation and to stay tobacco-free for at least one month afterwards.
  • Don’t change your outfit right away. One of the most exciting aspects of breast augmentation is that it allows you to throw away all of your old undergarments and then go shopping at your favourite lingerie store for a new wardrobe. However, keep in mind that it can take up to three months for your implants to settle into place. Your breast size may fluctuate slightly during this time.
  • Don’t overwork yourself. Finally, keep in mind that everyone’s recovery is unique. It’s okay if you don’t recover as quickly as you had hoped. It does not imply weakness, nor does it imply that something is wrong. Be gentle with yourself during this time of transition, and take as much time as you need to rest and recover.

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For women who are unhappy with the size of their breasts, augmentation can provide a long-term solution. Whether you’ve lost breast volume as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding, or you simply don’t like your natural curves, we invite you to consider the options that implants offer. We welcome your questions about the breast augmentation procedure or the recovery process.

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