Preparing for any type of surgery can feel daunting. While women who elect to have breast augmentation surgery may feel excited as they look forward to their enhanced look, many also feel a bit overwhelmed as they prepare to undergo cosmetic surgery.
Are you feeling a bit anxious now that you have decided to move forward with breast augmentation? Wondering what you can do to help your procedure and recovery go smoothly?
How To Make Recovering From Breast Augmentation Easier
Here are a couple of easy tips you can implement to make your breast augmentation experience as easy and stress-free as possible.
1. Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions
This may seem obvious, but following your surgeon’s instructions before, during and after your breast augmentation procedure is a MUST if you want your surgery and subsequent recovery to go smoothly.
Before surgery, your doctor will review your options with you, helping you to decide which breast augmentation procedure and method is right for you. Though you may think you know exactly what you want, do your best to attend pre-surgery consultations with an open mind. After analyzing your case, your doctor may have recommendations or ideas to ensure that the results of your procedure are exactly what you’re hoping for. Do your best to be open to these ideas!
Additionally, before your procedure your doctor will provide you with instructions on a variety of things, including how to prepare for surgery. Following all of these instructions carefully is incredibly important if you are hoping for your procedure to go as smoothly as possible.
Following your breast augmentation procedure, your surgeon will provide you with instructions to facilitate the recovery process. This information will include how to care for your incisions, how to manage your pain with medications, how to reduce swelling, types of activities and movements to avoid, when you can return to work, and more. Adhering to these instructions is imperative if you want to recover quickly and enjoy the amazing results of your breast augmentation as soon as possible.
2. Prepare Ahead of Time
Being well-prepared for your breast augmentation procedure and the recovery period that follows can make a huge difference. Not only will it help your recovery to go more smoothly, but it will leave you feeling much less stressed as you get used to your new, enhanced look. Here are a few ideas for things you can do to prepare for your recovery ahead of time:
Clean Your House
Following breast augmentation surgery, the activities and strenuous activities you are allowed to participate in will likely be limited for a while. As a result, you may find that cleaning your house is a bit more challenging than usual. Tasks like changing beds, mopping floors and vacuuming may not be feasible. To prepare for this ahead of time, do your best to clean your house before undergoing surgery. It will help you feel less stressed following the surgery, and you’ll be able to recover comfortably in a very clean home!
Make eating and meal preparation as easy as possible by doing some cooking ahead of time! Before your breast augmentation surgery, stock up on your favorite healthy snacks and prepare some meals you can stick in the freezer and easily heat up. This will make your life much easier, and will help you avoid the extra strain of grocery shopping and cooking immediately after your surgery.
Buy Sports Bras A Couple of Sizes Larger Than Your Regular Size
Before heading in for your surgery, purchase at least two sports bras that are one to two sizes larger than the size you currently wear. Front clasping sports bras are ideal as they are easiest to maneuver following the procedure. Plan to wear these bras for the first six weeks of your recovery following breast augmentation. Remember to bring a front closure sports bra with you on the day of your procedure, as this is what you will wear immediately following surgery.
Prepare Your Outfit for Surgery Day
In addition to bringing a front clasping sports bra to your breast augmentation surgery, you’ll want to make sure you have an appropriate outfit selected for the day of your procedure. Two important components of this outfit are a loose fitting shirt and slip on shoes. You’ll want a comfortable, spacious top to wear home and slip on shoes so you won’t have to bend over to tie laces or fasten buckles.
3. Make Arrangements for Kids and Pets
Following your surgery, you deserve a few days to rest, relax and recover. If you have small children, making arrangements for help before your procedure is a very good idea. Whether you arrange for daycare or you have a friend or relative come by to help you care for your kids during the days immediately following your surgery, having a childcare plan in place ahead of time can help make the first few days of your recovery go much more smoothly.
Making a plan for assistance with caring for your pets is another way you can minimize your responsibilities at home and simplify your recovery. This is especially important if you have a medium or large dog who will need to be walked. Asking a friend to help or sending your pet to doggie daycare for the initial days after your procedure will help to make your recovery period as stress free and relaxing as possible.
Successful, Stress-free Breast Augmentation
Reduce your stress and facilitate a successful recovery by following these three easy tips! They may seem simple, but you’ll be surprised just how helpful they are when it comes to making breast augmentation surgery as easy as possible.
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Additional Breast Augmentation Resources
Looking to learn more about what to expect when it comes to breast augmentation procedures? The following resources are a great place to start:
Breast Augmentation Surgery FAQs – Get the answers to commonly asked questions about breast augmentation so you can feel confident and informed as you approach your procedure.
3 Types of Breast Implant Incisions & Their Benefits – We review three of the most common breast implant incision options and the benefits of each so you can fully understand your options as you prepare to make this important decision with your doctor.
Saline vs. Silicone Gel Breast Implants – Read through fast facts about saline and silicone gel breast implants to help you explore your options before you decide which implant type is right for you.
Editor’s note: This content was originally published in 2016 but has been updated as of January 2019.