If you are considering or have gone under breast augmentation surgery, you might be thinking about what to expect breast augmentation recovery? Your journey for your dream body does not stop after the surgery. Maintenance post-surgery is as vital as the surgery itself.
Breast augmentation surgeries have a long recovery process. Here are some things that you should expect after the surgery:
- Feeling soreness and discomfort is normal after surgery.
- Expect frequent fatigue because of the anesthesia and the healing process.
- The breast area might feel tight and lose sensation because your body is adjusting to the implants.
- Less feeling or hypersensitivity in your nipples
- Breasts experience swelling and mild bruising in the area, but it subsides eventually.
- Expect some drainage from the incisions for a few days after surgery.
Sounds like a lot? Do not worry; these eventually subside as time passes by. In order for a healthy and safe recovery, there are things that you need to keep in mind. Here are some tips that could make recovery easy and bearable.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Rest, Rest, Rest
Surgery could take a toll on a person’s physical strength. Take note that your body might feel soreness and fatigue. That is normal. Doctors would usually let you go home the same day, but some patients choose to spend the night at the hospital. Regardless, doctors would recommend you to avoid excess movement for a day after the surgery. It does not mean that you cannot move for the upcoming days. In the meantime, you could walk around every other hour; this would help with blood circulation and avoid blood clots.
If you’re a professional, you could go back to work a few weeks after the surgery. However, you will experience frequent fatigue as you recover, and it might take around two weeks before you gain some of your strength back. By that time, you could start to go back to work. However, still, avoid any strenuous activities.
If you’re into exercising, fatigue refrains you from doing any heavy workouts. After two weeks, you could do more activities that involve the lower part of your body. Still, avoid exercises that consist of lifting heavy objects and exercises that involve the chest, back, and arms like push-ups and lifts. Also, refrain from activities that require any bouncing motion, like running or jumping. Around the four week mark, you probably have gained most of your strength back. You may proceed to doing light exercises, but still avoid putting pressure on the chest area.
Throughout your recovery, take time to relax until you get your strength back.
Support is Key
After the surgery, you’re probably concerned about the comfort you will be experiencing. Well, it is normal to experience a little bit of pain and discomfort right after the surgery. In this case, support for your breasts is essential so that you could still go on with your daily activities.
24 hours after the surgery, you may remove the dressing in your breast, except for the steri-strips or skin tapes that cover the incisions. Steri-strips can be washed over without the need for removing it. These tapes fall on their own. Continue to cover the incision with gauze for a week, or how long your doctor instructed.
There are no restrictions when it comes to clothing. However, the bra you wear would be vital to your comfort while recovering. For the first few weeks, only a soft, compressive garment, sports bra is allowed. It would allow you the freedom to move. It is also essential to consult with your doctor if the type of bra you are wearing would not cause any harm to the recovery.
Around the three week mark, you could use soft, non-underwire, and non-push up bras during the day. Avoid lace bras or structured lingerie, which might distort the breast implants. At night, change back to a sports bra to avoid scarring in the area.
Around six weeks post-surgery, you can wear any clothing you want. Just keep in mind to wear clothing and undergarments that are comfortable and fit right to your body.
Hygiene And After Care
Most doctors would allow their patients to shower 24 hours after the surgery. However, they would still advise avoiding water, like in swimming pools, hot tubs, lakes, oceans, for at least two weeks after the surgery.
After the surgery, your doctor might also advise you to perform breast/implant massage. The doctor will give instructions on how to do it. It would start five to twelve days after the surgery. The massage is usually done for ten minutes, three times a day for the first three to six months. After that, you could do it once a day, as per doctor’s instructions.
Scarring would also appear in your incisions. At this time, you could talk about scar massages with your doctor. Like the implant massage, the doctor would also give instructions on how to do it. It is commonly done four to six weeks after the surgery. This massage would help to ease the scars in the chest area.
The doctor might also send you home with drains. Drains are used to reduce the fluid that builds up in the breast area. Though, prescribing drains still depends on the patient’s state post-surgery. If you do have drains, make sure to empty the bulb and record the amount of fluid. Do this three times a day.
Also, avoid exposing the incision to sunlight for at least six to twelve months, using sunblock or protective clothing. Moisturizing is also recommended to help with the elasticity of the skin around the breast area. Choose a recommended moisturizer and use that often.
Watch What You Eat
Just like any other medical surgery, it is vital to watch the food you consume when recovering from breast augmentation surgery. Here are some of the foods that you could incorporate into your diet:
You might feel a little bit nauseous, and light-headed a few weeks after the surgery. So, it is vital to stay hydrated. Water would be helpful to wash out remaining anesthesia from the surgery and help the body all the nutrients it needs.
Citrus is packed with Vitamin C, helping the body repair collagen and tissues and minimize the oversensitivity of the nerves.
Vegetables and oats
Vegetables and oats are high in Fiber that would help in your bowel movements. Constipation is common after breast augmentation surgeries because of the anesthesia and supplements in your body. Darker green vegetables, like spinach, are recommended.
A high level of immunity is needed for a fast recovery and avoid any complications. Sweet potatoes are packed with Vitamin A that helps to strengthen your metabolism.
Almonds also contain Vitamin A that would help the immune system. It also helps with the recovery of the tissues and preventing any infection.
Avoid any form of processed food. Another tip is to stock your pantry with these items before going to surgery. Too much movement is inadvisable after surgery. So, it is good to have these foods at your convenience.
Consult Your Doctor
Consistently talking to your doctor is very important for a healthy recovery. Whatever activities or diet you go under after surgery should have your doctor’s approval. Once you experience any unnatural discomfort and pain, consult your doctor immediately.
Having breast augmentation surgery is a big commitment. If you are considering to undergo surgery, it is essential to take note of the things you need to do post-surgery. If you already have gone through the surgery, you could take note of these tips to ensure your safe recovery.