You have done your research and found a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation surgery. Therefore, you expect the surgery to go smoothly. However, you want to make sure that the recovery goes smoothly as well. Here are four tips to help ensure that is the case.
Tip #1: Make Sure You Have Some Assistance at Home
Though the surgery itself is not a difficult one, breast augmentation surgery is considered a major surgery. For that reason, you can expect to be tired and sore for several days following the surgery. For several weeks, you shouldn't do any heavy lifting. If you are taking any pain medication, you should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Due to these things, it is important that you plan for someone to be in the home with you — or at least a phone call away — in the event that you need assistance. For the first few days, someone should stay with you, especially if you have young children that need constant care. At the very least, though, you should find someone that can stop by to check in on you and see if you need anything.
Tip #2: Follow Your Doctor's Instructions for Pain Management
Following your surgery, you can expect to suffer from mild to moderate pain. You will likely feel some pressure/tightness in the breasts. You will likely receive a prescription for pain medication for a few days. However, some women will only need this for the first day or so, while others won't even take pain medicine at all. Every person is different, though, so it is a good idea to get the prescription filled so that you have it on hand in case you do need it. Make sure that you also have over-the-counter pain medication at home prior to the surgery.
Tip #3: Get Plenty of Rest
Rest is an important part of the recovery process, so you will want to ensure that you get plenty of rest and sleep. Yes, this is easier said than done, so try to make sure that you have a quiet, dark room with a comfortable bed that you can relax in for a few days following the surgery. You also will want to make sure that you have plenty of pillows to prop yourself up. To help pass the time, stock up on magazines, books and movies.
Tip #4: Have Water and Light Foods at Home
Before the day of your surgery, make sure that your home is stocked well with water and plenty of soft, light foods. You will probably be a bit nauseated from the anesthesia that was administered for the surgery, so you won't want to eat anything heavy or you may not want to eat anything at all. If you aren't able to eat much, make sure you drink plenty of water so that you don't get dehydrated during this time.