There’s nothing more exciting that finally getting the breasts that you’ve always wanted, and seeing the final results! However, after surgery, your breasts are going to need a little TLC to ensure they heal effectively, and end up looking great. You’ll be feeling emotional, excited, and absolutely exhausted, so at this point, it’s important to not get ahead of yourself, and to slow down, and make sure you do everything you can to give yourself a quick and smooth recovery. Here at New Birkdale Clinic, we care about our patients having the best aftercare they can. That’s why we’ve put together this list of some of our favourite tips to ease the recovery from breast enlargement surgery.
Wear Your Surgical Bra Constantly
You’re going to have to wear a surgical bra for about 4-6 weeks after your surgery. The surgical bra is there to support you during the healing process, and it’s important that you wear it constantly, day and night. Your breasts will be at their most fragile and sore during this time of recovery, so it’s important you look after them.
Your surgical bra will help to reduce bruising, swelling and bleeding. If you keep it on throughout the initial healing process, you’ll heal much more quickly and effortlessly than you would without it. It’s going to prevent scar tissue from forming and make sure that your implants stay in the right position. After 6 weeks you can talk to your surgeon about alternative bra styles.
Eat Light, Healthy Food And Drink Lots Of Water
Before heading in for your surgery, take some time to make sure that your fridge is packed with a range of light, healthy meals to get you through the first few weeks of recovery. The anaesthesia might make you feel nauseous for a couple of days, so make sure you have soft and light foods available, and healthy foods will be important for making sure you have the energy and strength to recover properly. We recommend citrus fruits for the dose of Vitamin C, plenty of vegetables, and almonds, which are great for stimulating tissue development!
It’s easy to become dehydrated during the recovery period, so one of the best things you can do is to drink a lot of water. Water is great for helping with swelling, constipation, and some of the other immediate side effects of your breast surgery.
Plan To Have Some Assistance
You’re going to need to have somebody with you for 24 hours after your surgery. You will have just undergone major surgery, and you’ll need help moving around. Getting up to make yourself food or going to the bathroom will feel really difficult. You can’t start driving until you’re finished with your pain medication.
You won’t be able to do any heavy lifting for about six weeks after surgery, so having somebody at hand to help out will make your life a lot easier. Even just organising a friend to come over every now and then to help out with some chores is a good idea. If you have kids, you’re definitely going to need a bit of help. Kids count as heavy lifting too!
Rest A Lot And Exercise Little
It goes without saying that getting plenty of rest is extremely important during the recovery phase. For a few days, spending a lot of time in bed and resting will lead to a quick and healthy recovery. Just remember to listen to your body, and make sure you have plenty of pillows and something interesting to watch on TV!
The first few days following surgery may feel like a marathon for some, but we promise that after that, you’re going to keep feeling better and better. However, it is best to avoid returning to any kind of exercise in the first 4 weeks of recovery. You may feel ready, but your breasts might not be. The risk of extending your recovery period isn’t worth it, so just be gentle and ease your way back into exercise very slowly. Avoid running or doing anything that involves lifting your arms above your head.
For more information about how to look after yourself after a breast enlargement, explore our FAQ section or contact us here at the clinic. We’re always happy to help, and we want to ensure that all of our patients get the advice and support that they need to have a healthy recovery.