Breast augmentation is a very popular surgery. Many physicians and patients downplay the side effects and risks of the recovery period because it has become very common and complications are very rare. And yet, it is important to make yourself aware of the different components of the surgical recovery period so that you can be better prepared for this part of your cosmetic procedure.
First and foremost, women that are in good overall health before surgery are the ones that recover the quickest and with the least amount of pain. Patients with bleeding or clotting disorders and those with high blood pressure or diabetes may experience delayed or extended wound closure and healing. Ensuring you have an appropriately healthy diet with a wide variety of sources for building blocks that your body needs to heal, will also go a long way to helping a speedy recovery. Many people underestimate how important good health is in all aspects of their life.
Your surgeon will provide detailed post-operative recovery instructions, and it is important that you follow his or her suggestions closely. They will let you know which activities should be avoided and for how long. You should also change the dressing and clean the incisions as directed. Note any new inflammation or increase in redness or swelling along incision lines and tell your doctor immediately. This can be an indication of infection and should be treated with a course of antibiotics before the infection has a chance to separate the wound edges or spread throughout your body.
Perhaps the most important ingredient in breast augmentation recovery is rest. Many people assume they can go back to work immediately and will not be restricted from doing the things they are used to doing. However, your body is undergoing a massive change and should be taken care of appropriately. Take time at home to heal and encourage a friend or family member to come over to help out with everyday tasks such as cooking and cleaning. A moderate amount of intense rest at the beginning of the post-operative period will help speed healing and greatly reduce pain.
Delayed healing can cause wound separation which may, in turn, result in extensive scar formation or asymmetry. Be sure to take care of the incisions. Some people are genetically predisposed to form more scar tissue than others, but for most women that properly take care of themselves and the incisions after breast augmentation, the lines will fade dramatically. After six months, small white lines may be the only telltale sign of your elective cosmetic procedure. Keep in mind that this recovery period is an investment in your long-term happiness with the results of the surgery.
Post-operative breast augmentation pain can be managed with a prescription for painkillers from your physician. He or she will also advise that you use heat or cold packs to reduce inflammation and swelling.