About Breast Augmentation
It’s a surgery that requires you to be ready mentally and physically. Knowing what to expect before you have surgery will help you prepare mentally and physically to ensure a smooth recovery. It is important to first make sure you are having breast augmentation surgery for the right reasons. The decision to have the surgery should be based on making you feel good. The surgery should not be performed for pleasing others or to “correct” other issues in your life. It will not help improve a troubled relationship or help you feel better about yourself psychologically.
To heal from your surgery, you’ll need as much stamina and mental strength as possible. When you are going through a big life stressor like divorce, work loss, or a family tragedy, it is best not to plan the surgery. Other stressors may have a detrimental impact on your recovery.
Have a clear understanding of what to expect as you heal from breast augmentation surgery. It may be helpful to ask your surgeon to recommend a few past patients you can speak to. Ask these patients about their surgery experience, recovery time, and any advice they can give to help your recovery. Common side effects normally include swelling, bruising, tenderness, redness, and pain. Your surgeon will prescribe appropriate pain medication to relieve discomfort. Recovery time varies for each patient and your surgeon will give you specific information as to when you can resume exercise and normal activity.
Heavy Weight Aren’t Your Friend!
Do not lift heavy objects, bend over, or take part in rigorous exercise until your surgeon says you can. It is important not to push yourself and to give your body time to heal. It will take on average several weeks to months to feel “normal” again. Do not expect to see the final result instantly. Follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions carefully, including wound care and how and when to take your medication. Make sure you are aware of possible complications and how to reach your surgeon if necessary.
A Helping Hand Is Always Welcome!
Having good support from friends and family after surgery is essential and will greatly help your recovery process. You will need someone to take care of you immediately after surgery and for some time after. Arrange to have a professional nurse if you do not have family or friends living close by. Recovering from breast augmentation surgery takes time, and as a result, you will be left with a lot of downtimes. Prepare to keep busy and distract your mind with books, magazines, and movies.