Preparations for Breast Augmentation
Recovering rapidly from breast augmentation requires putting your recovery plan in place ahead of time. Before you undergo surgery, set up your home ready for when you return from the clinic. Make sure that you have a 45-degree inclined chair ready to go when you get back. Also, it is wise to do all of your errands, like grocery shopping, before the surgery so that you take care of all the essentials, ahead of time.
Do not smoke for at least six weeks before breast augmentation surgery. And look after your general health by drinking more water and improving the quality of your diet. Modifying your lifestyle will speed your recovery.
About Your Breast Augmentation Procedure
Breast augmentation is a catch-all term for various procedures designed to enhance the appearance of your breasts. Dr. Lawton’s patients use augmentation to restore volume to breasts following weight loss or childbirth as well as add volume to underdeveloped or small breasts.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Timeline
Here’s how recovery from breast augmentation typically progresses:
- 24 hours post-op: Following surgery, you’ll spend a couple of hours in a recovery room until the anesthetic wears off. Then a trusted family member or friend will drive you home. You cannot drive yourself. During the first day after treatment, you may experience a range of symptoms, including tiredness, nausea, and tightness in your breasts. Your chest area may also be exceptionally sensitive.
- 2-5 days post-op: During the first two to five days, you may continue to experience discomfort. If you do, then take painkillers as prescribed or recommended by Dr. Lawton.
- 5-7 days post-op: After about five to seven days, some of the intensity of the discomfort should subside. You may also be able to return to your normal activities. However, you should not engage in strenuous exercise.
- 3-4 weeks post-op: After three to four weeks, most of the pain should have gone away. You should also notice a dramatic reduction in swelling and bruising on your breasts. From this point onwards, you can engage in some light exercise but should not exercise vigorously.
- 4 or more weeks post-op: At this point, you can resume all your regular activities.