If you opt for breast augmentation with a board certified plastic surgeon, then you can expect for the recovery process to go smoothly. However, there are a lot of things that you will have to do at home to ensure that you heal properly. Here are some ways to make sure you stay healthy, comfortable, and prepared.
Plan for Assistance After Your Surgery
It is not hard for you to recover from breast augmentation surgery. However, it is important to note that this is a major procedure. You will likely be sore and tired for four days after your procedure. You should avoid lifting anything heavy (over 20 pounds) for four weeks. You should avoid driving for at least the first few days while the anesthesia clears your system. You may resume once you have stopped taking the narcotic painkillers. You will need to get someone to help you with any children, pets, and chores for 24 to 72 hours. You should also have a ‘responsible adult’ ride home with you from surgery and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery.
Manage Your Pain the Proper Way
You will likely experience mild to moderate pain after your procedure. You may also experience tightness and pressure across your chest, but this is normal as your body adjusts to the new implants. You may be able to alleviate your pain and discomfort by taking a combination of over-the-counter medications and ones prescribed by Dr. Plant. Follow all of Dr. Plant’s instructions for taking pain medication because he prescribes different ones that all work together to keep your pain to a minimum without having to take too many narcotics.
Get Plenty of Sleep and Rest
Rest and sleep after your surgery is the best way to allow your body to heal. Resting after surgery may seem like common sense, but many people find that this is not always easy. You will need to have several pillows so that you can prop your head up. You should get plenty of entertainment like shows or books so that you can pass time without putting stress on your body (this is a great time to sign up for that free trial of Netflix if you’ve been putting it off). You will be able to walk right after your surgery; however, it will take some time for you to get your strength back. It is important for you to listen to your body and let Dr. Plant know of any concerns you might experience.
Have Plenty of Healthy Foods at Home
Before you get your surgery, you will need to stock up on healthy foods. You may feel sick the first day after your surgery from the anesthesia, so you may not feel like eating much. It’s best for you to eat light foods that your body can easily digest. Lean protein, fiber-rich foods, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds are some of the best foods to eat after surgery. You should eat a variety of foods so that you can keep your strength up. Furthermore, it is important to drink a lot of water because it is easy for you to become dehydrated. It can be helpful to prepare meals and snacks before your surgery date so that you can easily grab them without hassle.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re interested in breast augmentation or would like to ask questions about your recovery, we invite you to contact our office by calling us at 416-907-4704 or filling out our online form.