For many women, pulling the trigger on undergoing breast augmentation is a big decision that likely had a long consideration period, and the last thing any woman wants to do is jeopardize the results of her procedure. In order to ensure that you receive the best possible results after you’ve healed from your breast augmentation surgery, we have put together a list of 5 strategies you can follow during your recovery.
1. Plan Ahead
The first few days of recovery are typically the worst in regards to pain and discomfort. We have found that patients who take a little extra time to set up their resting area before surgery have the easiest time during their recovery process. Remote controls, cell phones, chargers, snacks, drinks, and medications are all items you can place strategically close to your recovery station prior to the surgery to save yourself the hassle of needing to leave bed while you’re healing.
It is extremely important to ensure you have a reliable means of being transported home after surgery. You will likely still be experiencing some of the effects of the anesthesia or other medication by the time you are discharged, and you will be required to have someone present with you who can drive to ensure you get home safely. Give this person as much notice as possible, because if you wait and are not able to lock someone down last minute, there is a strong possibility you will not be allowed to undergo surgery.
2. Manage Your Pain
We get it: being confined to one place during your recovery can cause all of those day-time television shows to blend together and make it easy to lose track of time and your sleeping habits. Unfortunately, when you don’t keep track of the hours, it is likely you will be putting yourself through unnecessary levels of pain or otherwise avoidable complications. It is important to take the medications you are prescribed at the times instructed. Setting periodic alarms on your phone or other smart device is an easy way to avoid missing a dosage.
It is common for patients to wake up in severe pain because they slept through a dosage. If you miss your pain medication, even by less than an hour, it will take some time for the medication to re-enter your system, which means that you will have to deal with that pain until the medication finally takes effect. If you are prescribed antibiotics, missing a dose could mean jeopardizing the entire regimen and putting yourself at risk for infection, which can be a very serious and dangerous complication.
For most people, finding enough time to sleep is a rare luxury. We are surrounded by work, social, and other obligations that keep our bodies from ample amounts of rest. During the recovery period, take advantage of the opportunity to catch up on all the rest you have missed out on in the past week, month, or year leading up to the surgery. Not only is it a luxury you will rarely find yourself having, but it is also medically imperative that you limit your physical activities and provide your body with plenty of sleep to ensure a swift recovery.
4. Drink Water and Eat Healthily
Remember those snacks we mentioned earlier? While munching down on a family-sized bag of chips or slowly making your way through your favorite slow-churned gallon of ice cream might make you feel better emotionally and spiritually, it is in your best interest to swap out those sugary soft drinks and highly processed snacks for water and other nutritious options. The speed and quality of your recovery are solely determined by your body’s healing ability; providing it with the nutrients it needs to hone this process can have drastic effects on your final results.
5. Follow Your Aftercare Instructions
After every procedure, the doctor and nurses will go through the instructions you will need to follow in order to avoid infection and to ensure the optimal healing of scar tissue. Avoiding these instructions can cause permanent damage to the appearance and integrity of your operated area. In many cases, you may be asked to wear a specially designed supportive bra to prevent damage to the incision areas.
By following these 5 steps (yes, even step number 4), you will provide yourself with the most optimal healing results and bring yourself much closer to your ideal breast augmentation.
If you have any questions about the healing process or what constitutes a “healthy” snack, or if you would like to schedule a consultation for a breast augmentation, feel free to contact our office at 310-857-2088.