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5 tips for recovering from breast augmentation surgery

January 16, 2014, 6:45 am

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the safest and most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed today. The surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to begin recovery at home on the same day as their surgery. However, following a recovery plan is key for swift recovery with minimal complications. Here are five tips to help you prepare for your recovery.

1. Follow your doctor’s instructions as closely as possible

When you have breast augmentation at Kansas City Surgical Arts, Dr. Hlavacek will prescribe a recovery routine for you. Following your doctor’s orders will help you heal, minimize risks of infection or complications, and get you back to your normal activities once you are through healing. Unfortunately, some of these instructions may be inconvenient, such as no lifting in the first few weeks, and no raising your arms above chest level right away. The more closely you follow our recovery instructions, the more quickly you will heal, and the fewer complications you will have.

2. Wear your post-operative bra or compression bandages, even if they aren’t pretty

Don’t expect to be wearing sexy new bras and undergarments right after surgery. Instead, you will be wearing either a post-operative bra or compression bandages. These offer the maximum support and stability to your breasts and surrounding tissues, allowing them the ability to heal. Our staff will provide instructions on when and how to change these, as well as information on when you can wear a regular bra.

3. Be ready for post-operative bruising, swelling, and pain

Some post-operative bruising, pain, and swelling are normal. Dr. Hlavacek will discuss pain relief (typically, oral anti-inflammatory medications). Over time the swelling, bruising, and pain will diminish. Dr. Hlavacek may recommend a massage routine to aid in recovery and to alleviate discomfort.

4. Rest and limit activity

Following surgery, you will be able to walk around as soon as you are fully awake. However, you should rest for at least a day or two. In the first several weeks, not only should you take it easy, but you should avoid lifting anything heavy, including young children or bags of groceries. Lift no more than five pounds at a time in the first week, and no more than ten pounds at a time in the second week. You will need to limit vigorous exercise and activity for several weeks.

5. Ask for help

After surgery, you will need to limit your activity, particularly in the first several days and the first few weeks. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You will need to refrain from lifting your arms above chest level so you may need help caring for young children or doing activities. Having help arranged ahead of time may be beneficial.

Although most women have few to no complications after breast augmentation surgery, there are still risks. After your surgery, if you develop a fever, notice excess swelling or redness, or your skin feels hot around the breasts and chest, call our office immediately as these can be signs of infection.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Kansas City Surgical Arts today at 816-286-4126.