Immediately after your breast augmentation procedure you are likely to feel sore, tender and bruised, and it may take several days to see the results of your operation. You need to rest and recuperate following the surgery in order to promote the best outcome, so here are ten tips to help you make the most of your recovery time.
1. Get Fit for Surgery
Any form of surgery and anaesthetic will put a strain on the body, so ensure that you are as healthy as possible in the run-up to your surgery date. Eating good, healthy and nutritious meals provides you with the vitamins and minerals necessary for speedy healing and could help to reduce your recovery time.
2. Plan Ahead
Following your surgery you will need to keep your arms low and close to your sides in the first couple of days. You should also avoid any heavy lifting for an absolute minimum of two weeks. Stock up on shopping and clean your house before surgery so that you can relax following your operation.
3. Arrange for Help
You won’t be allowed to drive for a few days following surgery, and you should avoid housework for around a month, so make sure that someone is available to help and look after you in the early stages of your recovery.
4. Organise Pain Relief
People vary in their experience of pain following breast augmentation. Your surgeon will provide you with an initial supply of pain relief for the hours following surgery, but make sure that you have adequate pain-relief supplies for when that runs out.
5. Prepare Ice Packs
Applying ice to the breast area can help to reduce pain and inflammation, so stock your freezer with frozen peas or special cool packs so that you have them to hand when you need them.
6. Stock Up On Books or Hobby Materials
Resting can be boring, so make sure you have plenty of books and magazines to hand to while away the hours. Knitting, embroidery or jigsaw puzzles are all gentle pastimes that help to take your mind off the operation without putting any strain on tender areas.
7. Get Supported
Well-fitting sports bras are ideal for providing support to tender breasts. Discuss the options with your surgeon, and stock up on a larger size than you would normally use.
8. Get Snacking
Stock up on a selection of healthy snacks such as nuts, seeds, raisins and dried fruits so that you don’t go hungry even if you can’t face a full meal.
9. Drink Plenty of Fluids
It’s important to keep hydrated to promote healing and to minimise post-operative bloating. Small juice cartons are light and portable and perfect to keep beside your bed.
10. Keep Moving
Walk around as soon as you feel able to, but don’t overdo it. Take tiny walks, even just around your bedroom, as often as you feel able to in order to promote good circulation and hasten your recovery.