Breast augmentation can address several different issues. If you’ve always wished that your breasts were larger, an augmentation procedure can help you achieve that goal. Or if you previously had larger breasts but are unhappy with their smaller size after going through a pregnancy or losing weight, an augmentation can give you back the fullness you liked so much.
It’s also worth noting that even though breast augmentation can’t address excessive drooping or sagging, a lift can be done in conjunction with an augmentation procedure to give you both perkiness and fullness.
Regardless of the specific reason why you’re considering breast augmentation, you likely have a lot of questions about the procedure. One of the most common questions patients have is what they can expect after the augmentation is complete.
Right After the Procedure
When your doctor finishes your augmentation, you will be taken to a recovery room. In most cases, patients spend a few hours in this room. This provides time to confirm that a patient is stable, as well as prepare them for release. Once you’ve been given clearance to leave, you will want to have a friend or family member drive you home.
When You Go Home
You’re going to be quite tired and a little sore for the first few days after your procedure. As a result, it’s useful to do a few things to prepare in advance. Although you’ll have dressings and a supportive wrap on, it can be helpful to buy a new bra or two prior to the day of your procedure.
Other useful considerations are taking care of your laundry and cleaning your house. Getting these things done in advance means you will be able to fully focus on your recovery.
If you live by yourself, it’s a good idea to ask a friend or family member to stay with you. Even if they’re only able to stay for a night or two, you’ll be very happy that they are there.
The other main thing to keep in mind is medication can be extremely useful for managing your pain. While not every patient requires stronger meds like Vicodin, it’s a good idea to have these available in the event your pain gets a little stronger.
In the Days and Weeks Following
Many patients are nervous to touch their breasts. However, touching and gently massaging them can help keep your pain to a minimum.
Another tip for helping your recovery is walking on a daily basis. Even though you don’t want to overdo it, getting up and out of the house will help ensure a speedy recovery.
While most patients report feeling great after going for a walk, the same isn’t true for driving. And even though some movement is good, you need to be very conscious of not overly exerting yourself for the first six weeks of your recovery period.
Although it will take some time to recover, this temporary discomfort is nothing when compared to getting to enjoy a lifetime of having the body you truly want!