If you’re preparing for breast augmentation surgery, planning ahead for your recovery should be near the top of your to-do list. The recovery period is one of the most important phases of the breast augmentation process. A speedy, comfortable and complication-free recovery is the key to long-lasting results that you love — your new breasts will heal evenly, your scars will flatten and diminish in appearance and you’ll reduce your risk for needing a revision surgery if you take good care of yourself in the weeks following your procedure. At Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa, we put your safety and satisfaction first, which means we always make sure our patients are fully equipped and educated about their breast augmentation recovery. You can learn the basics with this guide, and Drs. Mark and Loren Clayman will help you understand the details as you get closer to the day of your surgery.
Get Some R&R
Planning plenty of time to rest and relax after your surgery is the first step in thinking ahead for your recovery. In fact, most surgeons will ask you about your lifestyle and daily routine during your consultation — they want to be sure that you will be able to take adequate time away from work, school or other responsibilities before recommending the procedure. Straining yourself after surgery puts you at risk for injuries and other complications; not to mention, you’ll be feeling low-energy and you’ll have some discomfort, so you likely won’t want to do much more than stay home and take it easy.
We usually recommend taking one week away from a sedentary job, three weeks away from light exercise and six weeks away from strenuous physical activities. You’ll also need to listen to your body — if you don’t feel comfortable at any point, you shouldn’t try to resume activities that tire you out or cause pain. You should, however, try to stay lightly active after your first day post-op. Getting up and moving around, or even taking short walks every couple of hours, can help promote blood flow to reduce your risk of blood clots and ensure that necessary nutrients reach your breast area. A healthy balance of gentle movement and rest is ideal for breast augmentation recovery.
Don’t Go it Alone
A helping hand makes all the difference when you’re sleepy, sore and stiff after surgery. If you live with family, it’s a good idea to make sure someone will be at home to help you care for yourself and your household during the early stages of recovery. If you live alone, you should consider having a friend or family member stay with you for a few days after your surgery. You won’t be able to perform some basic activities like driving, reaching or lifting. You may also be taking prescription pain medications for the first one to three days after surgery, so it’s also best to avoid potentially dangerous situations like cooking or looking after pets and children.
Prearranging this help is best, so you won’t need to worry about finding someone to help at the last minute while you should be resting. At Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa, you’ll need a designated friend or family member to wait while you’re in surgery and drive you home — it might be best to see if this person is also available to help around the house for the first few days of your recovery, especially since they will be apprised of your immediate aftercare instructions before you are discharged after your procedure.
Your Food is Your Fuel
Eating well and staying hydrated are also vital to a healthy recovery. The foods you eat while you recover need to be packed with nutrients so that your body has the energy it needs to heal quickly and properly. You may also want to focus on soft, easy-to-eat foods in case your appetite is lowered due to anesthesia, pain medications or fatigue. Since grocery shopping and cooking will be difficult in the days following your surgery, we always recommend stocking your kitchen with simple, healthy snacks that you can grab when you get hungry. Some ideas might include:
- Whole wheat crackers
- Nut butters
- Mashed sweet potato
- High-protein, low-sugar yogurt
- Fruit or vegetable smoothies and juices
You should avoid heavy dairy products like whole milk or cheese since these might cause digestive discomfort and bloat. Salty, high-sodium foods can also cause bloat, which will make you feel more swollen than you are and result in unnecessary discomfort. Sticking to fresh foods with vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy fats will help you heal faster and stay comfortable during your recovery.
Listen to the Professionals
Whether you work with Dr. Mark Clayman or Dr. Loren Clayman for your breast augmentation, you will be given detailed and informative recovery instructions and suggestions that you can take home and refer to as you heal. You should be sure to follow these instructions carefully — our team has many years of experience performing breast augmentation surgeries, and our process is based on our in-depth knowledge of healing from breast augmentation. The instructions will not only inform you of the essentials — like showering, taking pain medications or changing bandages — but will also include ways to keep yourself comfortable — like keeping your upper body elevated or using compression garments.
You will also have regular follow-up appointments during which you can ask us any questions that may have arisen since your last visit. If you find yourself with pressing concerns, you will be able to call us at any time. If you need advice or answers, you should always contact your surgeon first — they are most knowledgeable about your surgery and your medical history and can offer a professional evaluation rather than a “best guess.”
Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa offers top-quality, patient-centered cosmetic surgeries and more. If you are seeking breast augmentation in Jacksonville, Florida, or any other surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure, we can help. Contact us to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Mark or Loren Clayman — you can tell us all about your aesthetic concerns and we will make sure you get the treatment or treatments you need to achieve your goals. Call us today at 904-388-6110 to get started.