Congratulations – you’ve made the decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery!
Breast augmentation is an excellent procedure for individuals who feel as though their chest just doesn’t reflect who they want to be. Women who are unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts, mothers who are done with breastfeeding, and women who’ve undergone mastectomies have all seen significant improvements in confidence and sense of self with the breast augmentation procedure.
One thing to keep in mind is that a large part of the breast augmentation experience involves setting up your most successful recovery. Here’s what you can expect for breast augmentation recovery:
- Taking at least 1 week off from work: During the first 5-7 days after your surgery, you’re may feel somewhat sore and a bit fatigued, so it’s best to take that time off from work. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medications so that you can manage your pain the first few days. Most patients don’t require pain medicine after 2-4 days, although you’ll still want to emphasize rest and recovery. You should avoid lifting heavy objects during this recovery period.
- Find a comfortable reclining chair: Your plastic surgeon will recommend that you sleep in a reclining chair during the first couple weeks of recovery. Sleeping on your back or your side can be quite uncomfortable; additionally, it can make it difficult for your new implants to settle into their ideal locations. A reclining chair can keep you comfortable while allowing for optimal recovery.
- Communicate with your surgeon: You and your plastic surgeon should come up with a plan to determine when you can start introducing normal activities into your daily routine. This schedule is usually determined after the first post-op meeting, where you’ll discuss any pain that you’ve been feeling. Follow your plastic surgeon’s advice carefully, as doing so can ensure that your recovery goes off without a hitch.
Wondering what else you should expect during your breast augmentation recovery? Schedule a consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Bryan J Correa, MD at Correa Plastic Surgery in The Woodlands, Texas!
Correa Plastic Surgery serves the greater Houston area.