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You should expect there to be restrictions after your breast augmentation when it comes to showering, bathing and swimming. To put it one way, your relationship with water right after surgery may be… disrupted!
Part of a positive recovery after your BA is about reaching certain recovery milestones… so you get back to feeling normal as soon as you can.
This can be tricky when you have restrictions from your surgeon about washing and bathing.
Your post-op restrictions are only temporary. It will get better!
The reason behind post-op bathing restrictions is to ensure your incision wounds do not get wet. When they’re new and haven’t yet started to heal shut there’s an infection risk if anything gets in to the wound.
You’re going to need to be patient to get through the early days of recovery. Give yourself a break, take it easy… and have a packet of baby wipes handy (but don’t use them on your incision sites)!
You’ll usually be able to take your first shower 24-48 hours after surgery.
Expect your surgeon to give you specific instructions (e.g. to pat dry any dressings) as you’ll need to shower with care so you don’t disrupt any dressings or bandages.
I won’t lie… I really missed having bubble baths when I was recovering. You will be able to have a ‘bottom half’ bath (i.e. fill it enough to cover up to your stomach, but no higher) to go about your washing business in the early days after surgery.
BUT, you won’t be able to submerge yourself fully in the bath until around 3-4 weeks post-op, when your dressings should be off and your wounds are healing nicely.
Keeping your wounds protected is really important to ensure everything heals properly.
It’ll take about 3-4 weeks for your incisions to be scab-free and fully sealed. Then you’re clear to submerge your incisions, so you’ll be allowed to go swimming (pool or ocean).
That’s just being in the water though. Most surgeon’s won’t clear you for strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks after surgery so be sure to check with your surgeon when you can resume swimming laps if this is how you stay fit.
Surgeons have their own specific post-op instructions, so be sure to follow your surgeon’s advice.
And it’s really important to follow their advice so you minimize the potential for complications, and to ensure you have a smooth recovery. You’ll be showering, bathing and swimming before you know it!