Tips for a Smooth Recovery From Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery requires mental and physical preparedness. Knowing what to expect before you have surgery will help you prepare mentally and physically to ensure a smooth recovery. It is important to first make sure you are having breast augmentation surgery for the right reasons. The decision to have the surgery should be based on making you feel good. The surgery should not be done to please others. Nor should it be done to “fix” other problem areas in your life. It will not help improve a troubled relationship or help you feel better about yourself psychologically.

You will need as much stamina and emotional strength as possible to recover from your surgery. It is best not to schedule surgery if you are going through a major life stress such as divorce, job loss, or a family crisis. Having other stressors can negatively influence your recovery.

Have a clear understanding of what to expect as you heal from breast augmentation surgery. It may be helpful to ask your surgeon to recommend a few past patients you can speak to. Ask these patients about their surgery experience, recovery time and any advice they can give to help your recovery. Common side effects normally include swelling, bruising, tenderness, redness and pain. Your surgeon will prescribe appropriate pain medication to relieve discomfort. Recovery time varies for each patient and your surgeon will give you specific information as to when you can resume exercise and normal activity.

Do not lift heavy objects, bend over, or take part in rigorous exercise until your surgeon says you can. It is important not push yourself and to give your body time to heal. It will take on average several weeks to months to feel “normal” again. Do not expect to see the final result instantly. Follow your surgeon’s after care instructions carefully, including wound care and how and when to take your medication. Make sure you are aware of possible complications and how to reach your surgeon if necessary.

Having a strong support system from friends and family in place after surgery is essential and will greatly help your recovery process. You will need someone to take care of you immediately after surgery and for some time after. Arrange to have a professional nurse if you do not have family or friends living close by. Recovering from breast augmentation surgery takes time, and as a result you will be left with a lot of down time. Prepare to keep busy and distract your mind with books, magazines and movies.

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