If you've had breast surgery before you'll already know a little of how you might feel post-op and how to have a smooth recovery. But, if you’ve never had plastic surgery before knowing what to expect after can really help you have a calm and positive attitude during your recovery!
Your Plastic Surgeon's Advice
Either way, the information and instructions your plastic surgeon gives you will guide you through how to prepare and how to get back to being yourself in the days and weeks after your breast implant surgery.
That’s the physical side of things anyway.
But the mind plays a very significant role in helping our bodies heal!
I wanted to share with you something that helped me have a positive recovery from my surgeries...
Positive Recovery Attitude (PRA)
How I approached my recovery is something I like to think of as a positive recovery attitude.
Before I went in to breast surgery (and in the early days and weeks after my surgery) I remembered something my midwife told me to help me process the pain of labor, "Think of pain as something positive, your body is doing something amazing!"
She said this to stop me from being afraid of the pain of labor. She helped me see labor as a positive pain (yes, really!).
But how does this translate to your breast implant surgery?
Ok, so you will have had plastic surgery and some pain is to be expected, but if you can think of every step of your recovery in a positive way, and that any pains are a part of your body healing, you're on your way to having a positive recovery attitude!
It also helps if you're focused on what this breast surgery means to you... that you're making the right decision for you and making positive changes to yourself, for yourself. :)
Be Prepared, Be Practical
I'm naturally an organized (I do LOVE a list!) person and I threw myself in to preparations for my recovery with gusto.
You'll be armed with some post-op care instructions from your plastic surgeon but these are my top tips for a smooth recovery...
Get on top of your chores! Do whatever you need to do so when you return home post-op you can get away with doing as little as possible (for as long as possible) around the house.
Stay on top of your meds! Don't be a pain martyr. If you've been given pain meds take them as directed. It's much harder to get on top of pain if you wait until it starts bothering you.
Don't do too much too soon! If you start to bounce back quickly (or if it's just your pain meds working) you can get lulled into a false sense of security. Heed every little bit of advice your plastic surgeon gives you about taking it easy!
Eat well! What you eat is such an important part of your recovery. Your body will need extra protein to help you heal. As a general rule, keep it clean.
Protein (to help you heal) and high fiber fruits and veggies will be your foodie best friends.
Rally the troops! If you have a support network make the most of it. Whether it’s physical or online support. Call in favors to help you with whatever you need!
Even though I’ve had a general anesthetic before I was still surprised by how tired I was the first couple of days after my breast surgery.
Getting my house and my mind in order went a long way to ensure my post-op experience was a positive one.
Remember, you will feel better with each passing day. Remind yourself that this was a positive decision you made and a positive recovery attitude will get you back to being you in no time :)