If you've had a breast augmentation 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 augmentation.
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 breast augmentations...
Positive Breast Augmentation Recovery Attitude
How I approached my recovery is something I like to think of as a positive breast augmentation recovery attitude.
Before I went in for my breast augmentation (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 augmentation?
Ok, so you will have had surgery and some pain is to be expected, but if you can think of every step of your breast augmentation 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 augmentation means to you... that you're making the right decision for you and making positive changes to yourself, for yourself. :)
Be Prepared for your Breast Augmentation Recovery
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 breast augmentation 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 breast augmentation 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 augmentation.
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 :)
Thoughts from Dr. Jeremy PyleI love reading articles before Rapid Recovery was started. Things like: don't move to soon, don't lift your arms above your shoulders, and don't lay on your breasts all feel like appropriate advice but, it turns out, are all wrong.
Although you should follow your surgeon's advice, I would strongly recommend you find a surgeon who uses Rapid Recovery. I advocate for that for two reasons:
1. Not using rapid recovery is out of date
2. It makes recovery SO much easier.