Preparing for Breast Augmentation
June 29, 2022 - By Dr. Jules Feledy
The decision to have a major cosmetic surgery procedure is not to be taken lightly. Preparing for breast augmentation should not be taken lightly either. There are many things you can do ahead of time to allow you time to heal and achieve optimal results.
Recovery from any type of breast augmentation, (lift, reduction, implants, etc) can be a relatively short and smooth process with a little preplanning. Women are typically the caregivers, but after any type of surgery, including breast augmentation, it's important to let others be the caregiver and focus on taking care of yourself. You're going to be sore and not able to move very fast. Preparing your house, your family and also thinking about what you wear will help the post-op recovery go smoothly.
Select your caregiver
24-48 hours you must have someone assist you. While there is no law in Maryland or Virginia that says you can't drive after surgery, it is your responsibility to drive safely. After general anesthesia, you will not be able to safely operate a car. It's imperative that you have a driver take you to and from the surgery center. They will also provide a helping hand getting you out of the car and keeping a close eye on you after the effects of anesthesia wear off. Whether this is a spouse, significant other, family member, friend or a hired nurse is completely up to you. But, you must have your person selected before the day of surgery.
If you're a mom to younger children - please arrange to have full time childcare for a few days following your procedure. Your range of motion is going to be limited, in addition to being advised to not lift anything over 10 pounds. To try and do too much too soon can place strain on your incisions and possibly stretch your scars. If you have young children, you may consider preparing them that mommy will "ouchies" and will need them to give gentle hugs. Also, telling them that your trusted caregiver will be the one helping them with meals, bathing and their other daily needs.
Don't forget about your furry family members. Your caregiver will also have to help take care of your pets.
Where's your Happy, Comfortable Place?
Are you more comfortable in your bedroom or on the couch in your family room?
Whichever place is most comfortable, you'll need to have it setup for optimal comfort and rest.
- Breast Augmentation is going to limit your arm use and movement. Make sure you consider wherever you rest, it's going to be easy for you to get in and out without straining or overusing your arms.
- Your movement during sleep is limited. If you're a tummy sleeper, you should find a spot where you do not run the risk of rolling over to sleep on your chest.
- Plenty of pillows are key for comfort in propping your head and back, supporting shoulders and arms as well as providing barriers from rolling over.
Your bedside table should be within very close proximity and house all of the essentials; small light that you can easily turn off, electronics with chargers, remotes, reading materials, drink, etc. While comfort is key and having things close to limit a lot of movement is preferred, you also need to move about freely. You don't want to have obstacles in the way and stumble in the dark if you wake in the night. To minimize the risk of blood clots and getting stiff, you will want to get up, walk around and move a bit.
Nutrition and Pain Management
Stock your refrigerator and pantry before your procedure with healthy food and drinks. Eating nutritious food after surgery will help you heal faster and feel better. Think about making your favorite soups or casseroles before your surgery. Anything that's premade and simple to reheat with a push of a button is a good idea.
Dr Feledy or Dr Maiorino may prescribe pain medication prior to your procedure. Having pain medication on hand for when you get home is definitely recommended. Remember, you won't be able to drive if you're taking prescription pain meds. It's best to plan on having everything you need for the first 72 hours after your procedure.
When you return home after your breast augmentation, you will need to wear a special bra to aid in healing for up to two weeks. For tops, it's best to have front closure garments that are easy to get on and off. Pulling on and taking off tight fitting clothing overhead is going to be extremely difficult.
Beyond 72 hours - Easy Reach
Remember, lifting and straining aren't allowed for several weeks, and you may not have full range of motion to reach your arms overhead. Make things easier on yourself by placing your toothbrush, skin care, dishes, etc. in easily accessible locations. Consider buying a grabber to reach objects out of arm's length.
Most patients are able to return to work within a week of surgery. Strenuous activities or exercise should be avoided for up to six weeks. It is realistic to anticipate some pain during the recovery process.
Call to schedule your consultation with Dr Feledy or Dr Maiorino and discuss your breast augmentation options and have any and all questions answered.