Women choose to get breast reductions for a number of reasons. Whatever your reasons may be, the most important thing you can do for yourself is to prepare. That means knowing what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.
The after is arguably the part you must be most prepared for, as recovery can present many challenges — both physical and psychological. Overcoming these challenges is key to getting great results. To help you succeed during the process, here are 3 tips for recovering from your breast reduction.
Eat Right And Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is also an important part of recovery. Buying bottled water and portioning it out in advance can help make sure you're getting enough. It's easy to underestimate just how much you need and overestimate how much you're getting. Conventional wisdom says you need eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. As someone recovering from surgery, it's safe to say you'll need more than that. Your surgeon will likely be able to recommend you an amount for daily intake based on your height, weight, and other medical characteristics.
Keep Physical Activity To A Minimum
During your recovery, you'll need to keep your physical activity to a minimum. It's best to err on the safe side here, so even less intense physical acts like lifting a child or even just raising your arms over your head should be avoided. Likewise, you should expect to be out of work for at least a week. As your recovery progresses you can slowly start introducing physical activities back into your life, but it's best not to do anything too strenuous without an explicit okay from your surgeon.
Keep A Positive Attitude
A breast reduction is a major physical change and recovering requires some substantial lifestyle changes as well. You won't be able to work for at least a week. Physical activity needs to be limited. Exercise is a no-go for at least a month. You may need to change the position you sleep in. All of this can quickly add up and overwhelm a person. That's why it's important to stay mentally centered during the process.
It helps to have hobbies that you can enjoy without much physical input like reading or meditation. A strong support group is also beneficial during your recovery period. Friends and family can help keep you accountable while also providing a way for you to talk through any issues you may be having in a safe, welcoming environment.
Recovering from a surgical procedure like this is challenging, but it's totally doable. Following these tips along with your surgeon's instructions will ensure that your recovery goes smoothly and that you get the best results possible. Just remember: eat right, stay hydrated, stay off your feet, and keep a positive attitude. If you feel like something is going wrong with your recovery, don't hesitate to consult with your surgeon, as they are more than happy to answer your questions.
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