Breast augmentation is the single most commonly-performed cosmetic surgery in the US. Due to its massive popularity, there have been significant advances in the expertise and techniques associated with the procedure over the years. Still, breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that requires some downtime for recovery. It’s important to adhere to your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions for post-op recovery to achieve the best possible results and avoid potential complications.
I have many recommendations for patients recovering from a breast augmentation procedure, ranging from exercises, activities and other tips to help you remain relaxed and comfortable as well as certain medications to take or avoid. Following these recommendations can help you manage post-surgery discomfort and promote a quick and easy recovery. Here are some helpful tips for helping you minimize your side effects and get you back on your feet following your breast augmentation procedure:
Don’t Strain Yourself:
It’s important to really take it easy, especially in the days immediately following your procedure. The body needs energy to promote good healing after surgery, so getting plentiful rest is essential. Don’t push yourself too hard during the early stages of your recovery. That means you should resist any unnecessary lifting, reaching or bending. I advise my patients to stretch during their recovery. Also, standing up straight (and not hunching over) will help limit post-surgery tightness and reduce pain.
After your procedure, you’ll likely be prescribed painkillers to help manage your pain after breast surgery, which can upset the stomach. Eating something plain like bread or crackers can help fight off potential nausea. If not, there are anti-nausea medications that can help reduce the occurrence of nausea.
Talk with your Doctor before Taking any Medication:
Consult with your specialist before taking any over-the-counter drug or supplement for at least 2 weeks after your procedure. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil or garlic supplements that may thin the blood.
Breast augmentation surgery leads to swelling and redness of the breasts due to stretching of the skin during the implant procedure. We recommend asking about effective skin creams and lotions before your procedure to help cope with any skin dryness, itching and discoloration.
Keep a Journal:
Writing down how you’re feeling and improving from day to day is a good way to track your progress. Keep tabs on all the little aches and pains you may be having so you won’t forget them when you see your surgeon to follow up after your procedure.
I hope this was helpful to any patients currently considering breast augmentation. Adhering to these tips can help you recover smoothly and avoid potential post-surgery complications like capsular contracture. As part of a breast augmentation at SPS, we provide an injection of Marcaine, a long-acting numbing agent, at the time of surgery to ease post-op pain. Most patients are ready to go back to work 2-3 days after their procedure. If you have any questions about breast augmentation, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today at (770) 622-9100. Scheduling a consultation at Southern Plastic Surgery is a great first step in your path to new, natural-looking breasts.