It can be an exciting time when you’re scheduling your breast augmentation appointments and thinking about your great results. However, it’s important to know what to expect between now and your full recovery so that you can plan accordingly. The recovery process is important, so here are some ways to prepare yourself and your environment for a successful recovery.
How to prepare for breast augmentation
During your consultation with Dr. Ehrmantraut, you’ll receive detailed instructions on your recovery process and what to expect. That being said, it can be helpful to take steps like filling prescriptions, preparing meals, and making sure you have a comfortable recovery space at home. Your consultation is the best time to ask questions, so make sure to write down a list before you head in for your appointment.
Things to consider before surgery
It’s important to have the right expectations going into your surgery. Dr. Ehrmantraut will discuss different considerations before your surgery date, including:
1. Implants will not prevent your breasts from sagging. Sagging occurs due to the aging process and life events like pregnancy, nursing, and weight gain. In many cases, a breast lift will be necessary to correct sagging along with the use of implants.
2. Mammograms might be a bit more complicated. Because of your implant, you’ll require specialized imaging later in life when you begin getting regular mammograms. For this reason, it’s important that you know what to ask for and what kind of coverage you can expect from your insurance.
3. Implants are not designed to last forever. You’ll need to be evaluated on a regular basis to make sure your implants are still intact, and may even require additional surgery to have them replaced later on.
Surgery and recovery: What to expect
Upon waking from your surgical procedure, you’ll likely feel stiff and sore. This should improve over the course of the next few days as you continue to take medications as directed and follow your plastic surgeon’s directions won getting enough rest. After the first few days, you should be able to manage discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications, and many women are able to return to their jobs anywhere from one to two weeks after surgery. In the days and weeks following surgery, it’s recommended that you wear a compression garment or soft sports bra around your chest to help secure bandages in place and to provide additional support and comfort.
It’s important to note that any excessive activity, physical labor, or jarring movements should be avoided in the first three weeks after surgery. Heavy lifting is also not advised, as this can prematurely damage healing tissue and compromise healing.
Back to normal
Within three to four weeks, it’s likely that you will be resuming your normal level of activity. Be sure to check with your plastic surgeon if you experience any pain, bruising, or discharge lasting longer than this time. It could be a sign of damage or infection in your breast tissue. Your results will continue to refine and change over time, but you can expect to be fully recovered within six months.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re ready to make the decision for breast augmentation, consider Plastic Surgery of Southern Maryland— our caring and attentive team will create a comprehensive treatment plan that includes pre-op, surgery, and post-operative care to get you looking and feeling your best. Contact our office today to set up an appointment by calling or filling out our online form.