If you're currently experiencing dissatisfaction with the size of your breasts, you may be considering breast augmentation surgery. Rest assured that breast augmentations are perfectly safe, but they are still surgical procedures and must be approached carefully. This is especially true with regards to your recovery.
Taking the proper actions during your recovery will minimize your chances of developing complications and make sure you get the results that you paid for. With that said, here's what you should expect while recovering from your breast augmentation.
Returning To Your Daily Life
Immediately after the procedure, you'll be taken to a recovery area for monitoring, but for most this is an outpatient procedure and you'll likely be able to go home within a few hours. Make sure you have someone there to take you home, as you won't be in any condition to drive!
Once you return home you'll need to take it easy for a few days. You should avoid any heavy lifting and get a lot of bed rest. Most patients find that they're able to return to their normal lives within a week. However, if your normal routine involves a lot of heavy lifting or strenuous activity it might take a little longer.
Managing Your Pain
One of the first questions women often have about their procedure is "will it be painful?" The good news is that you will probably experience very little pain during your recovery and the pain or discomfort you do experience is easily managed with over-the-counter pain pills. The only caveat here is that no two people are the same, so there's no way to give you a precise estimate of what to expect. This will also depend on how well you follow post-operative instructions. Exerting yourself too much before you're healed can lead to increased pain and discomfort.
Fueling Your Recovery
When recovering from a procedure like this it's important to eat right and stay hydrated. Beforehand, make sure to stock your kitchen with a variety of nutritious, easy to prepare meals. You probably won't feel like cooking too much during recovery and if you don't plan ahead, you may find yourself reaching for the junk food.
Hydration is especially important, as it's easy to become dehydrated while recovering from a surgical procedure. For the first few days you may not be up and walking around much, so have a supply of bottled water within arm's length of your bed.
Listening To Your Body
One final note. Every patient is different and everyone has a different experience with their recovery. The most important thing you can do is to listen to your body. If you feel like your overexerting yourself then you should take it easy, even if the recovery timetable says you "should" be fine. If you feel like something is seriously wrong or you have urgent questions, get in touch with your doctor right away.
Are you looking for an experienced cosmetic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation? Dr. DeMercurio has over 9 years of experience in the field and is held in very high regard by his current and former clients. Don't let dissatisfaction with the size of your breasts dictate your happiness. Please, contact us at The Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today to find out if this procedure can help you live a better life.