Pregnancy, ageing, nursing, and weight fluctuations affect the shape of your breasts. Your breasts lose their natural appearance and are no longer as ‘perky’ as they used to be.
When that happens, breast augmentation can help restore the shape of your breasts. Breast implants are inserted to restore breasts to a higher position and volume.
After breast surgery, your plastic surgeon will give you instructions that you’re supposed to follow to the letter.
Here are the dos and don’ts of breast augmentation surgery aftercare.
The Dos Of Breast Augmentation Aftercare
Here are things you need to do after breast augmentation.
Take Your Pain Medication As Prescribed
After your breast surgery, your breasts will be swollen and painful. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication.
You must take these medications exactly as your doctor prescribes. Doing so will help you stay on top of the discomfort.
Get Enough Rest
After a breast augmentation surgery, you will need plenty of rest. This gives your body enough time to recover. Take at least a few days to a week off work and other activities.
Most patients can go back to light desk work after three to four days. You may, however, need more time if you combine your breast surgery with something like a tummy tuck.
Sleep On Your Back
Your surgeon will recommend that you sleep on your back after the surgery. Prop a pillow or recliner underneath to help with blood flow to your breasts.
Eat A Healthy Diet And Hydrate
Following a healthy diet is always important. It’s, however, more important when you’re recovering from surgery. You also need to drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated. This promotes a faster healing process.
Perform Breast Massage
After a week, your doctor may give you the all-clear to perform breast massage. You do this by moving the breast implants in, out, up and down.
This helps keep the breast implants soft and helps them settle quickly. It also helps reduce both internal and external scarring.
The Don’ts Of Breast Augmentation Aftercare
To maximise your healing and results, avoid doing these things.
Don’t Shower Immediately
After your surgery, wait about 48 hours to take a shower. When you do shower, avoid scrubbing near the incisions and pat dry when done.
While at it, avoid swimming in a pool or ocean until your doctor clears you to do so. Submerging your incisions too soon can introduce water and bacteria, affecting the healing.
Don’t Sleep On Your Stomach
This is not only painful but has a negative effect on the results of your surgery.
Don’t Do Any Heavy Lifting
Your breasts will be healing after the surgery. Avoid lifting heavy things or children until your surgeon gives you the all-clear.
Don’t Perform Strenuous Exercises
If you work out a lot, you will be eager to get back to the gym but try to resist. Give your breasts time to heal and only go back to exercising when your surgeon says it’s okay.
Don’t Smoke Or Take Alcohol
Alcohol and tobacco products can constrict the blood vessels. This ends up affecting blood flow to the surgical area which can compromise your healing.
After getting your perky breast implants, it’s natural to want to get back to life as soon as possible. But you need to give your breasts plenty of time to heal to maximise the results of the surgery.