As with any surgical procedure, there are important rules to follow after breast augmentation surgery, which can help ensure you have a smooth recovery. Here are some of the DOs and DON’Ts of breast augmentation recovery:
- Follow the instructions that Dr. Roussalis gives you. Dr. Roussalis is an experienced plastic surgeon and will provide you with the best set of rules to follow for the safest and quickest recovery experience.
- Rest. Your body needs rest so that it has the energy to heal.
- Sleep on your back in a semi-reclining position. Sleeping flat on your back puts pressure on your chest. A semi-reclining position releases some of this pressure so that you can rest without injuring your breasts. Use pillows to keep you propped up.
- Wear the compression garment provided for you. This will reduce swelling and help your body to heal.
- Listen to your body before returning to various activities. While many patients can return to work within one week, your body may require more time to rest. Pushing your body too hard too soon could result in complications.
- Call 911 or Dr. Roussalis right away if you experience any complications. These could include shortness of breath, chest pain, bleeding, infection, and fluid accumulation.
- Take medications as prescribed, especially antibiotics. Antibiotics are essential for healing, and pain medications can help you deal with any discomfort during the first few days after surgery.
- Attend your postoperative appointments. Dr. Roussalis will closely monitor your body’s healing process to ensure that all is going well.
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially clear fluids. Fluids help your body to heal.
- Eat healthy foods. A healthy diet will give your body the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs to heal.
- Take photographs on a regular basis. Capture the front, sides, and various angles of your breasts so that you can closely follow the changes as swelling subsides, your body heals, and your implants settle into position.
- Exercise for six weeks. Doing so could cause injury and interfere with the healing process and possibly cause your incisions to tear and the implants to dislodge.
- Overexert or be rough with your incisions. This could cause your incisions to tear.
- Lift your arms above your shoulders or wear shirts that you must pull over your head for at least two weeks. Choose loose, button up shirts that you can easily put on without risk of hurting your incisions. You may need to have someone help you wash your hair during these two weeks so that you do not lift your arms up too high.
- Eat a lot of salt. Too much sodium causes swelling and bloating, which you want to avoid after surgery.
- Drive or drink alcohol for at least 24 hours. You should avoid driving and avoid drinking alcohol until you no longer need pain medication.
- Take a bath or allow your incisions to get wet before they have healed. Showering is acceptable according to the timeline given you by Dr. Roussalis, but you should carefully dry your incisions with a blow dryer on a low setting to make certain they are fully dry afterward.
- Sleep on your stomach or side. Sleeping on your stomach or side could lead to serious complications.
- Smoke. Smoking interferes with circulation and should be avoided as much as possible during recovery.
After breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Roussalis will advise you on how to have the best recovery experience. For more information on breast augmentation recovery or to schedule a consultation for breast augmentation surgery, call us at 307-234-4585 or fill out our online contact form.