You know what they say- there's strength in numbers!
For safety reasons it's really not ideal to be alone after your breast augmentation, so first and foremost I highly recommend getting a Boobie Buddy!
But what if you don’t have someone to help you during your breast augmentation recovery?
I’ve seen plenty of women go solo on their recovery so I’m sharing some of their top tips if you find yourself in this position.
The First 24-48 Hours after Your Breast Augmentation
This is when having a Boobie Buddy of some sort is crucial. The anesthesia is still in your system and if you have any problems you’re not the best judge of when to seek help.
If you don't have someone to stay with you post-op you will still need someone to drive you home, and be on-call and check-in with you for at least the first 24-48 hours.
Most plastic surgeons would agree that all patients should have someone stay with them the night after their breast augmentation.
If you can't find someone to stay with you the first night you can always look into hiring a nurse or caretaker for the night. And be sure to let your plastic surgeon know if you're planning a solo recovery, they will be able to give you pointers for those first few days.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Prep Is Key
You're going to want to do as much pre-op prep as possible, regardless of if you have a Boobie Buddy or not. You'll just need to step it up a notch if you won't be having any help.
Here are some of the top tips from the ladies of Bustmob for having a smooth solo recovery:
Clean and tidy your home before your breast augmentation - change beds and prep your recovery rooms (set up your pillow fort on the bed/sofa as you won't want to be doing this when you come home).
Stock the fridge - have some easy meals and snacks at hand. Have a basket of protein bars and bottles of water near your chosen recovery spots (sofa/bed) so you always have something to take with your meds.
Remove prescription bottle lids and have bendy straws for drinks - your chest muscles are tight and sore after a breast augmentation, just trust me on this one. (Of course rethink leaving the lids off if there are little ones in your home!)
Loose clothing - zip-up and button up tops and loose pants... easy on, easy off!
Everything within reach - have all the things you think you'll need on the counter so you're not reaching in to cupboards.
I'd also recommend you try something before your breast augmentation... it’s a bit of a giggle when you’re not sore... but try getting out of bed without using your arms. Seriously... try it! You'll thank me later!
Basically, just make your life as easy as you can.
Until you’re there you won’t know how recovery is for you, which is why it’s best to be prepared.
Try not to let the answers some women give you to the ‘how will I cope’ questions worry you. Yes, some people do have a harder breast augmentation recovery but it doesn’t mean you can’t get through it.
You might be on your own physically but know you’re not actually alone... with Bustmob and your plastic surgeon on your team you should be just fine. :)
Thoughts from Dr. Jeremy PyleI love calling a patient the night of surgery and hearing them answer the phone in a normal voice. They are always shocked that the recovery is not as hard as they expected. There are some specific things we do to help make that so.
First, I think Rapid Recovery is important.
Second, there are studies that suggest that the more mentally prepared you are for your surgery, the easier the recovery.
Third, those same studies suggest that if you prepare your home environment, it gets better still.
Like most things, the more you invest in your surgery beforehand, the more you are likely to benefit afterwards.