Undergoing an elective cosmetic surgery can bring with it a range of feelings and emotions. You may be excited to see the results of your procedure, but may be fearful of the pain that you anticipate feeling after the surgery. The breast augmentation surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures. Women who undergo the surgery are often surprised at how easy the surgery and recovery are for them. Most are back to their normal life and lifestyle by the end of six weeks of recovery.
Listen to your surgeon
According to breast augmentation specialist Dr. Justin Perron, the number one thing that you can do in order to maximize your surgery success is to pay attention to the aftercare instructions that your surgeon provides you. Your surgeon has performed countless breast augmentation procedures and has the expertise you wanted to ensure a successful outcome from your surgery. Continue to trust in your surgeon by following the aftercare instructions no matter how great you think you feel.
Don’t ignore and push through the pain
Don’t try to ignore any discomfort and pain that you are feeling after your surgery. Some patients attempt to just push past it, but it’s important to control pain by staying ahead of it. If you allow pain or discomfort to escalate, it could lead to an increase in your blood pressure. This could potentially result in an increase in bruising and other postoperative complications.
Take the prescription painkillers that your surgeon offers and listen to the advice offered about the types of over-the-counter painkillers that are the best option for you. Some may increase the risks of bleeding, so it is best to avoid them.
Stay hydrated and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables
This may seem like an obvious tip, but there are several reasons that you may want to keep on top of your hydration and the food that you are eating during recovery. The primary reason for staying hydrated immediately after surgery is that it will help to flush the anesthesia from your system faster, which will have you feeling much more like yourself much sooner. If you are also relying on prescription pain relievers for the first few days, staying hydrated with a healthy diet will help you to avoid the potential for constipation.
Move, move and more more
On the day of your surgery, and likely the day immediately after your surgery, you’re going to want to rest a bit more. But this doesn’t mean that you should simply sit and do nothing. You need to at least be moving to get to the bathroom or go get a drink from the kitchen. This small movement will help you to avoid the potential for a postoperative blood clot.
Moving can help the body to heal and can also help with the reduction of any pain that you might be feeling. After the first day or so of recovery, you should take short walks around your home until you feel strong enough to take longer walks. Moving your body is such an important part of overall recovery.
Wear the compression garments as instructed
Compression garments may not be entirely comfortable to wear but they can help to control postoperative swelling and bruising. This will help the body to better heal after surgery. The pressure can also help with the contouring and placement of the breast implants. It’s also be demonstrated to offer an improvement in the appearance of scars, as the pressure may lead to the scars looking less visible and feeling softer.
Avoid the gym
You certainly want to keep your body moving, and after a full week of recovery you may feel physically well enough to return to the gym and your full workout routine. However, it is recommended that you avoid any type of rigorous exercise for the first 6 to 8 postoperative weeks, or until your surgeon clears you to return to working out.
Rigorous workouts can lead to an increase in blood pressure, which can lead to an increase in swelling and overall inflammation. Patients who return to working out too soon can potentially experience serious complications, including the reopening of incisions.
Avoid smoking, without exception
It should go without saying that you should avoid smoking a minimum of 8 weeks prior to any surgery. Smoking can significantly delay the healing process and result in serious recovery complications. Nicotine causes constriction in blood vessels, which can decrease the blood being supplied to healing tissues. Blood clots are also much more commonly experienced by those who are smokers.
Avoid alcohol, until fully recovered
Alcohol has blood thinning effects. This means that it should be avoided until you have fully recovered from the breast augmentation surgery. Your surgeon will be able to let you know when it will be considered safe for you to once again open that bottle of red.
Every surgery and every individual is different. These tips will certainly help you on your way to fully and smoothly recovering from the breast implant surgery.