After undergoing breast enhancement surgery, the most important period is the recovery process. If you do not look after yourself properly, you may end up causing major problems down the line.
When you wake up, you will naturally experience some pain, bruising and swelling, meaning that your breathing may be slightly restricted. Note that this perfectly normal and these problems will subside over a few weeks. When resting, you should be in a semi-upright position so you can bring down the swelling and be comfortable. Your doctor will initially give you painkillers if you need them.
After this kind of surgery, you will usually be sent home on the same day, but you may need to stay the night if you had your procedure late in the day. When you get home, it is vital that you give yourself enough time to allow your body to fully recover. Try and avoid using your arms and chest area too much as you may start bleeding. The first week at home may see you feeling some discomfort and pain but these symptoms will get better over time. Patience is key here. At home, you may continue taking some over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, but you should avoid the latter if you have issues with your stomach, kidney or liver.
Following the aftercare advice of your doctor is a necessity in ensuring you get the best results possible. Try and avoid getting your wounds wet for a week, sleeping on your front for a month, physical activity or heavy lifting for at least four weeks and driving for at least a week.
Other factors to consider include:
- You will need to visit your doctor for a series of post-operative appointments.
- It is recommended to wear a tight-fitting sports bra 24 hours a day for the following three months.
- Keep the incision sites out of direct sunlight for about a year.
- Make a record of your breast implant details such as their manufacturer, style, serial and batch numbers. Keep this information in a safe place.
It is important to contact your doctor if you gave any severe pain or unexpected symptoms. These will include redness in the breasts, a burning sensation, unusual swelling, deflated breasts, a smelly or coloured discharge from wounds, a high fever or any concerning lumps. Keep your doctor in the loop with what's going on in the recovery as anything may point to a future problem.
The general rule, is that you should give yourself two weeks to fully recover at home before you return to work. It is important to be mobile from the first day but never exert yourself as this will cause complications. You may be allowed to go home on the day but do not be fooled by this concept. The recovery process is important in ensuring that your breasts remain healthy as long as your implants remain within them.