The Do’s and Dont’s of Breast Augmentation Recovery
So you are recovering from breast augmentation or preparing for your procedure and looking to get yourself prepared with all the answers you need. We’ve discussed the process of breast augmentation recovery with our team of specialists at 8 West Cosmetic Surgery, and we’ve compiled all of the most important do’s and dont’s of recovering from breast augmentation.
The Do’s of Breast Augmentation Recovery
When you are recovering from breast augmentation, be sure you do the following to ensure a quick and easy recovery:
- Take enough downtime: While most people will get back to work after a few days, make sure you don’t push yourself and appropriately scale-back your activities, including work and exercise, during the first week to allow your body to heal correctly. Avoid heavy lifting and exercise for at least the first two weeks.
- Eat healthy foods: Eating healthy foods with plenty of vitamins, protein, and healthy fats will help your body to rest and heal at its fullest and quickest. Try to avoid consuming too much sodium as this causes water retention which leads to swelling and bloating.
- Sleep in the correct position: The best sleeping position for recovering is sleeping on your back in a semi-reclined position, using pillows to prop you up. The reason is that sleeping flat on your back puts pressure on your chest and may cause injury.
The Dont’s of Breast Augmentation Recovery
Make sure you avoid the following things as these may hinder or slow down your recovery time:
- Avoid smoking cigarettes: Smoking can significantly reduce the amount of oxygen in the blood, slowing the healing process.
- Don’t wear underwire bras: After surgery, you will likely be sent home wrapped in gauze and surgical dressing, which will be removed after a few days. At this point, you should wear a recovery or soft cup bra, like a sports bra, until you are fully healed. The wires in underwire bras are restricting, and can irritate the sensitive breast tissue during healing which may keep the implants from settling. Wait until you are fully healed and have the go-ahead from your surgeon to start wearing under-wire bras.
- Don’t worry about your scarring: You are bound to have some scarring from your surgery, but the scarring will become less obvious with time. During the first few months of your recovery, you may actually notice your scarring widening and appearing worse, but this is normal in the healing process. Wait until six months to one year to assess your scarring.
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