Women looking for breast augmentation typically want to increase their breast size or enhance their breast shape. Breast augmentations are popular because a woman can, for the most part, get their ideal results for how their breasts look. Many women get breast augmentation to create more symmetrical breasts and better-looking breasts overall. Because no breasts are the same, breast augmentation patients choose to have the procedure done for many different reasons. People might have the process done to have fuller breasts after pregnancy or breastfeeding. They might also have a breast augmentation to feel more confident in a swimsuit. Others may want to have a more proportional body with more curvy hips. Regardless of their reasons, there might be some things you didn’t know about breast augmentation. If you decide to have a breast augmentation procedure done, it’s best to know the recovery process.
1. During and After Surgery
This cosmetic procedure can resize and reshape breasts using silicone gel or saline implants. They come in various sizes and are placed behind the breast tissue or chest muscles. This procedure isn’t necessarily to make them perkier but to increase the size or shape of the breast to be more symmetrical. You will most likely be placed under general anesthesia during the procedure, so you are not awake for the surgery. Once the surgery is complete, you may feel groggy and confused as the anesthesia wears off. Because breast augmentations are an outpatient procedure, you will be able to go home the same day after being examined by medical staff. You will probably feel sore after your surgery when you wake up from the anesthesia. Once you are released to go home, you will need someone to drive you home since driving after anesthesia is not recommended. Before you go, the surgeon will wrap the surgical site with a bra or a wrap to hold everything in place as it begins to heal.
2. As The Days Go By
You will likely be sore for several days after your surgery. Your ability to move will be limited, so you will need someone to help you do typical daily tasks such as eating, drinking, and going to the bathroom. Your surgeon will most likely prescribe you pain medication to help with discomfort and ease the recovery process. If you notice a little bit of bleeding, this shouldn’t be something to worry about. However, if you have a large amount of blood, you should contact your plastic surgeon as soon as possible for further instruction.
3. One Week Later
About a week after surgery is when you might be able to switch to over-the-counter medication for discomfort. You will probably be home from work the first few days, but jobs that are not physically demanding may allow breast augmentation patients to return to work after a week. After one week, you will resume most of your daily life activities. You will probably still need help with some activities, and you should not do any heavy lifting. Any strenuous activity could hinder the recovery process and require the surgeon to examine surgical sites if something were to go wrong from too much activity.
4. Weeks After Surgery
After a few weeks, most pain and discomfort should subside, and you should only have to take over-the-counter meds as needed. At this point, light walking and exercise may be okay if your recovery is going smoothly. You will still be healing, and strenuous activity is not recommended at this recovery point. You should still be wearing your wrap or bra provided by the surgeon on the procedure day. About six to eight weeks after surgery, you should be mostly healed from your procedure. Because every person’s recovery process is different, there is no way to say precisely when a person will be fully healed. A person should be mostly healed and can continue with their daily routine and exercise. Even patients with labor-intensive jobs should be able to go back to work. If, at this point, a person is still experiencing much discomfort, they should consult with their surgeon about their recovery process.
A Successful Breast Augmentation
You may not have known all the steps of recovery from breast augmentation. Knowing these things can help you prepare for your breast augmentation and have a successful recovery. Make sure you prepare ahead of time by making a space in your house to recover and asking someone to help you for a week. They will most likely help with lifting, cooking, helping you bathe, and other activities. You also want to make sure you get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and stay hydrated during the recovery process. You can have a successful breast augmentation and recovery by knowing all of these things.