I'm not a patient person. As a kid, I hated asking when Santa or the Easter Bunny were coming, because I knew what my parents would say...
"You'll just have to wait and see!"
But trust me. Getting breast implants is one time when patience really is a virtue. There is a lot that can go wrong if you break any of the rules.
For example, I removed my surgical bra before my plastic surgeon told me I could, and three undesirable things happened:
- I had a heart attack at the way my boobs looked
- I got a red hot stabbing pain my my breasts
- I worried for weeks if I jeopardized the outcome of my breast augmentation
Not worth it!
In addition to getting yourself a "Boobie Buddy" (to help you bathe, hand you pain meds, and cook for you during the first few days of recovery), make double sure that you avoid the following scenarios unless otherwise instructed by your plastic surgeon...
1. Sleeping on Your Stomach
And for how long? At least six weeks. Sorry! If you’re not a fan of sleeping on your back (is anyone?) this might sound hard.
But believe me, during the first few days after breast augmentation surgery, that’s the last thing you’ll want to do anyway.
2. Looking at Your Incisions
If you’re the kind of person who peeks at your gifts before Christmas Day (guilty as charged), this one will be hard for you.
But pulling up your breasts to see the fold or areola incisions, or lifting your arms to check out your pits is simply a bad idea. Not only will it hurt like hell, but you’ll risk breaking them open.
Trust me girl, don’t do it.
3. Bouncing Your Boobs
Pretty obvious right? But if you’re an active person, the chances are you’ll be chomping at the bit to get back to the gym. But forget about running, jumping or any other vigorous exercise (including sex) until you have the all-clear from your plastic surgeon, usually between 2-4 weeks depending on your procedure.
4. Taking a Bath
Say what? Well, it’s okay to shower a few days after your breast implant surgery, but don’t even think about soaking your ladies in the tub for the first couple of weeks.
It’s vital that you keep your dressings as dry as possible, so if you’re really desperate to wash your boobs, try using a washcloth and asking your Boobie Buddy to help you dry them. That's what friends are for, right?
5. Removing Your Surgical Bra
I can't emphasize this one enough. Don't do it until your plastic surgeon tells you it’s safe to do so. Believe me, feeling a little grimy for a couple of days is way better than risking the long term success of your breast augmentation.
6. Drinking Alcohol
You might feel like a glass of wine or two after your breast augmentation surgery, but you’ll be on some pretty heavy pain meds which don’t mix well with alcohol. So if you don’t want to end up doing something stupid, like passing out on your stomach or tearing your stitches, lay off the booze. :-(
7. Lifting Your Arms Above Your Shoulders
Unless you get one of those fancy quick recovery breast augmentations, it’s going to hurt a whole bunch. Try instead to prepare as well as you possibly can before breast surgery by putting everything in your home and kitchen within easy reach and asking for help where you can.
I realize I delivered a lot of bad news in this article, but it's just part of the process.
The first three days are the worst, but your discomfort will soon pass as your incisions start to heal. Follow these simple guidelines, and all you'll be left with are beautiful boobs and a happier you. :-)