Breast Augmentation Recovery
Recovery After Breast Surgery
Breast Augmentation Recovery Time: The recovery time period for breast augmentation surgery depends on whether your breast implants are being place over or under the muscle (longer recovery time) and what kind of technique your breast surgeon uses. Finding a qualified plastic surgeon will lesson your recovery time and lower the rate of possible risks.
Perhaps the biggest thing I didn't expect is how much pain I would be in. You can read about that in My Experience. Keep in mind, some women incur little or no pain, everyone is different. The pain is especially worse if you opt for UNDER THE MUSCLE. The second factor I did not realize at the time was how important it is to find the right breast surgeon. One surgeon who was right for your friend may not be right for you. Recommendations from friends that had plastic surgery is good, but be sure to research your surgeon.
I also didn't realize how high my implants would sit until they settled. This caused my nipples to point down! This corrects itself as the implants settle. About 2-6 weeks before they stop looking freaky, another 4-6 weeks to look normal. They even drop some more past that.
How hard the implants will be at first. Don't worry, they will soften, but will never be as soft as real breast tissue, but remember real breast tissue is just fat. :)
Expect possible bruising, particularly with the armpit incision.
Scarring: Your incision scar will be permanent, but most are light to nearly invisible. At first it may be thick & red, but should become thin and light. Vitamin A & E cream or vitamin E oil capsules, splitting them open, and applying the oil directly as often as possible. Neosporin may help (do not apply to fresh incision). I've also heard of using Rosa Mosqueta (which is essentially Rose Hip oil). Previous scar history does not indicate how your BA scars will heal. Dr. DeWire states most heavy scars (aka: hypertrophic scars) occur in about 10% of crease incisions, about 5% of areola and less than 1% of axillary (armpit) incisions. Mine scar is very thin on my areola line and is barely noticeable. If you are worried about MEN KNOWING, I wouldn't. Implants usually look so great, that even if they do notice, they won't care. In fact, other women will be able to spot "implants" faster than any man. Men are typically naive in this department. If you are really concerned, don't go too large.
In my opinion, the greatest benefit of this surgery was the lift it gave to my sagging breasts. Your breasts change with age, pregnancy & childbearing and will change whether you have implants or not. Be prepared for this change.
Another wonderful benefit, implants "fill out" any stretch marks you may already have there from pregnancy or previous weight gain. I did get one new stretch mark secondary to the surgery. The LARGER YOU GO, the more likely you are to get stretch marks from the surgery. Stretch marks will lighten after time, but never go away.
Consult ASAP! It may be 1-2 months or more before the doctor can perform your surgery or even get you in for a consult. We recommend these plastic surgeons.
Consider having blood work done by your primary care doctor if your plastic surgeon doesn't require it for surgery.
Dry Skin - Proper moisturizing and exfoliating scrub will get rid of flakiness.
Wax -You may want to consider an underarm wax, as that area will be difficult to reach after surgery and you can't shave if you have the armpit incision.
Recovery Time - Be prepared, you may need at least a week off from work.
Before surgery, prepare your life to be real simple for the two weeks following surgery. Buy microwave dinners, bottled water, soda in cans or boxed juice. Bring things you will need down from shelves so you won't be killing yourself, I mean stretching, to get them later.
Lay out all your shirts that don't require being pulled over your head. You'll want to wear them for at least two weeks. Put the remote, pain killers and something to drink by your bedside. Make sure you have plenty of bathroom tissue on hand, and that it is not on a high shelf.
Clean the house so you won't have to contend with it when you're feeling yuckie.
Gas up the car (you won't be driving right away, but when you do, your arms won't feel like pumping gas).
Nails: Leave unpainted for monitoring purposes if you go under general anesthesia. The doctor needs to check your nails for blood and oxygen circulation problems associated with anesthesia. They need to make sure your nail stays a healthy color and doesn't turn blue!
Check with your doctor first, but a hot tub does wonders for the pain from surgery. If you don't have access to one, at least try a hot bath. I was in our jacuzzi tub an hour or two everyday for at least the first week or two. I do NOT recommend a public hot tub until your incisions are completely healed!
Someone suggested drinking Boost after surgery. This is a great idea since many of us don't like to eat when we feel bad, Boost has the nutrients you need.
Turn off the phones! Sleeping is the best and most natural pain killer.
Have plenty of pillows stacked on your bed to help you get up. See example here. Getting out of bed will never be so difficult and painful! Lay upward after surgery not flat to avoid swelling and will help you get out of bed easier. Some people prefer stay/sleep in the lounger the first few nights.
If you have children, arrange to have someone take care of them away from your house. If not, make sure someone can help you with them for at *least* the first 24-48 hours (you'll need help during this time anyway).
If you have long hair, plan on some simple styles if you must be seen in public. If not, you may feel like I did and not brush it at all. If you insist on keeping your hair washed, let someone else do it for you.
Most bras and bathing suits will be itchy! The only bra I have found not to itch was a T-shirt. The bralett (modeled by Eauphoria) is another good choice. This side effect lessens somewhat with time. So only buy what you absolutely need in the bra department until the implants have had time to settle.
Some doctors suggest not wearing an underwire bra, and they may itch or be uncomfortable anyway. You can make a small cut in the side of the bra to pull out the underwire. Underwire Bras - If your doc recommends not wearing them (they usually do, at least at first) you can make a small snip in the bra and pull the underwire out.
Ice Bra - Debra took four of those little super cold packs that they sell for kids lunch boxes and froze them over or in something curved, like a tupperware mixing bowl. Put an athletic bra over your bra and stick two frozen packs in on each side. VOILA! You can sit at the computer and type instead of lying in bed holding ice packs on your boobs! Or you can use a bag of peas.
Stool Softener - Some people become constipated even days after surgery. You can put Benefiber in your water (tasteless/odorless).
Cordran Tape may help with your scars, ask your doc.
Most doctors say to wait about 4 weeks before resuming any kind of physical activity. You need to wait at least 2 weeks before resuming any kind of physical activity that can increase your blood pressure (including sex). Allow about 3-4 before doing activities that involve your arms. I was playing tennis lightly at 3 weeks. Everyone is different go with what your body tell you.
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