Getting a breast augmentation can change your life for the better, but it's not something to be undertaken lightly. Before you make your decision, you need to know what to expect — both during and after the procedure.
Here are some things to keep in mind while recovering from your breast augmentation:
If you want to recover, you need to stay hydrated. Why? Because water is an essential part of the healing process. Without it, it takes much longer for your body to deliver nutrients to the wound. And the longer it takes to heal, the more likely you are to get an infection, which will further interfere with recovery.
You should also keep in mind that you'll need much more water than usual. Consider keeping a pack of bottled water within arms reach of your bed. This will make it much easier on you. Especially during those first few days when you won't feel like moving around much.
Prepare Meals In Advance
For the first few days, at the very least, you aren't going to feel much like cooking. But if you want to speed your recovery along, then you're going to need to eat well. Unless you have someone else on hand to cook for you every day, you should prepare some tasty and nutritious meals in advance. Try cooking things that are easy to store and reheat like rice and chicken. You should also stock up on healthy snacks like fruits, berries, and nuts.
Sleep On Your Back
Of all the issues faced during recovery, this may be the one that people dread the most. It's really hard to change the way you sleep, but you're going to need to do it. You should start attempting to sleep on your back as soon as you make the decision to undergo a breast augmentation. The longer you give yourself to make this change, the less likely it is that you'll slip up after your surgery.
Even light exercise should be avoided for the first few days. After that, you can slowly start to reintroduce light activity, but you should still refrain from doing any strenuous exercise. How long will it take until you can go back to your normal routine? That's hard to say. It depends on how fast your body recovers, and everybody is different in that regard. Just make sure you consult with your surgeon before you make any major changes.
Call On Friends And Family
You're going to need some help around the house for the first week or so of your recovery. Do your best to inform trusted friends and family of your procedure and make plans to have them around or at least available while you're recovering. They don't need to babysit you 24/7, but having someone who you can call on to come help when you need it will make the first — and most difficult — leg of your recovery much, much easier.
Follow Your Surgeon's Instructions
Your surgeon will likely give you very detailed post-op instructions. They'll contain vital information like what medication you can and can't take, how long you should wait before resuming physical activity, and how to tell if something is going wrong with recovery. Failing to follow these instructions will impede your recovery and potentially ruin your results. So, if there's only one thing that you take away from this it should be: listen to everything your surgeon says.
Considering getting a breast augmentation? Please, contact us at the Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today to set up a consultation.