Breast augmentation surgery can be a major decision but the work doesn’t end after your procedure. It is important to know what to expect before, during, and after the procedure in order to have the best results possible. Here are some of the most important things you should do following breast augmentation surgery to have a smooth recovery with long lasting results.
Follow Your Surgeon’s Post-Operative Instructions
It is critical that you follow all of your surgeon’s instructions closely to achieve the best results. These include taking any medications prescribed by your doctor such as an antibiotic or pain medication, wearing a recommended surgical recovery or sports bra, avoiding certain activities or lifting heavy objects, and regularly attending follow-up appointments. Following these instructions will help reduce swelling and prevent infection or other complications from occurring. It also helps ensure that you get the best results from your surgery.
Take Care of Your Incisions
Your incisions will need to heal properly so that they can become well-concealed scars. To help this process along, it is important that you keep them clean and dry during recovery. That means avoiding submerging them in water (such as when swimming or bathing) until instructed otherwise by your doctor. Additionally, you should not apply any creams or ointments to them unless specifically advised by your surgeon. You can typically start applying creams or ointments after the sutures have been removed.
Maintain a Healthy Diet and Exercise Routine
Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine after breast augmentation surgery is key for a quick recovery. Eating nutritious foods, high protein foods can help speed up the recovery process while also keeping your body healthy overall. Movement or light exercise can also be beneficial for recovery as it increases the blood flow throughout the body which helps promote healing. It is important to note that strenuous exercise should be avoided until cleared by your Surgeon since that can increase swelling or cause undue stress on the incision site(s). It is also essential that you get plenty of rest during this time; restful sleep helps with overall healing and recovery from surgical procedures like breast augmentation.
Be Patient with Recovery Process
It can be tempting to push yourself too hard during recovery but attempting to do so can result in complications. Instead, it is important to be patient with the recovery process and focus on following your surgeon’s instructions carefully in order to achieve optimal results from your breast augmentation surgery. Keep in mind that everyone heals differently so it may take some time for your implants to settle or for you to see visible changes in your results.
Refrain From Smoking
Smoking can significantly increase the risk of post-op complications, so it is important that you refrain from smoking before and for at least four weeks after your breast augmentation surgery.
Achieving beautiful results from breast augmentation surgery requires some effort on the part of patients both before and after their procedures. The most important things to do following breast augmentation surgery are following all instructions provided by your surgeon carefully, taking care of your incisions properly, avoiding smoking before and after the procedure, and getting plenty of rest during recovery time. Taking these steps will go a long way towards helping ensure that you get the best possible outcome from your breast augmentation procedure! If you are ready to discuss your breast augmentation procedure in more detail, give our office a call at (615) 431-3710 to schedule your complimentary consultation.