If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, you’re not alone. Year after year, breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. More than 300,000 people increased or evened out their breast size in 2017 — that’s up 3% from the previous year.
New technologies and more implant options than ever before make this surgery appealing to a wide range of women who want to improve, restore, or balance their figure. A consultation with John V. Williams, MD, at the Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, can help you figure out which implant option is best for you.
Dr. Williams will also explain the surgery in detail so that you know how to prepare for the procedure as well as what to expect during and after the operation. In the expert hands of Dr. Williams, your breast augmentation surgery and recovery can be successful and worry-free.
Here are 5 tips to ensure a quick and safe recovery:
1) Rest and ask for help
After any surgery, your body needs time to rest and recover, and breast augmentation surgery is no different. Depending on your specific procedure, you may need several weeks or even several months to feel yourself again. Don’t expect to be out and about showing off your new figure right away.
Avoid heavy lifting for six weeks — this includes lifting and carrying children — and driving until you’ve finished your pain medications. Arrange to have friends or family help you with chores and errands until you’ve fully recovered. This is the perfect opportunity to binge-watch that series you’ve been hearing so much about while you’re resting at home!
2) Have medications ready and waiting
Before your surgery, Dr. Williams prescribes pain medication and anti-nausea medication in case you need it. Have your prescriptions filled before you go to the surgery center, so they’re ready when you need them. Many people feel nauseous from the anesthesia used during surgery, so medication can help make your recovery more comfortable.
3) Eat a healthy diet
After any nausea from the anesthesia wears off, you should focus on eating a healthy diet. Stock up on nourishing meals that are easy to prepare or are pre-prepared. Bodies heal faster, get stronger, and have more energy when filled with healthy foods. Recognize that you probably won’t have the energy to cook, so make sure you stock your fridge before you go in for your procedure.
4) Move around
Don’t start any vigorous exercise until Dr. Williams give you the thumbs-up. But be sure to walk around every day to help keep your muscles strong, build additional strength, and prevent blood clots from forming.
5) Massage your breasts
At your follow-up appointment, ask Dr. Williams about a self-breast massage practice. Lightly massaging your breasts can help break up any scar tissue that might be present after the surgery; it can also help your implants to settle into their proper position.
If you follow Dr. Williams recovery instructions, as well as these five tips, you’ll be able to recover quickly and enjoy your new figure without complications. If you do experience bleeding, fever, or any other worrisome symptoms, contact Dr. Williams immediately. And be sure to schedule and keep your follow-up appointments so Dr. Williams can continue to monitor your health, progress, and recovery.