Wanting breast lift and augmentation surgery for fuller and firmer breasts to improve your confidence isn’t uncommon.
The procedure involves placing breast implants beneath your breasts to improve shape and symmetry. For most, it’s a relatively straightforward and uncomplicated procedure.
The overall experience and long-term effects of the surgery are vastly improved by a successful recovery process. As important as pre-operation is breast lift aftercare.
Read on to find out our 7 essential aftercare tips to make your recovery as smooth and successful as possible.
Your aftercare begins with the management of your surgical incisions. Ensure you cleanse them daily to prevent infection, and inspect for any signs of change that could indicate the beginning of infection. Things to look out for include:
Incision-care is very important to the recovery process. Be sure to check with your doctor how long they suggest you keep the incision area dry. Normally the time suggested and be sure to change the dressing exactly as they show you.
Infection is preventable and can be averted by keeping your incisions out of direct sunlight, amongst other things.
Also, make sure to keep them covered when showering. Cellophane or plastic bags and covers will do the trick, but again, be sure to discuss this with your doctor at your post-op consultation.
Avoid using shower scrubs, body lotions or powders, and do not remove your tape strips unless your doctor says you can.
Going for regular walks is a good way to promote blood-flow and get some fresh air once your incisions begin to scab and heal. Be sure to take someone with you, however, if you feel dizzy or lightheaded.
Most of all, you want to avoid too much upper body movement. This includes driving, as it may cause strain on your incisions. This, in turn, could cause excess bleeding or even widen your scars.
Let your friends, family, or partner know that over the few weeks following recovery you’ll need help with simple tasks like reaching hard-to-reach objects. If you must reach things while alone, use a stool to help yourself.
Again, be sure to check with your doctor and surgeon for exact timings as to when you can begin easing back into your normal routine with light exercise.
This tip is so important and we can’t stress it enough. Many people underestimate how physically demanding breast lift and augmentation surgery can be on your body.
How you rest is also important. Be sure not to sleep on your stomach to avoid putting pressure on your chest.
It is often suggested that sleeping propped up at a 30-45 degree angle will reduce swelling, so it is often recommended for the breast lift and augmentation recovery process.
Massage therapy is a wonderfully soothing way to stimulate blood-flow and get much-needed oxygen and nutrients to the affected tissue. It can help scars heal at an accelerated rate by making skin more supple and flexible.
If this is something you’d like to consider as part of your recovery process, why not take a look at our spa options?
As a follow-up from the above point, one of the best ways you can get a good night’s rest with proper support is by investing in a good body pillow or wedge pillow
Contour’s Backmax Foam Bed wedge is great for lounging around on as it provides great back support and is highly durable.
Avana’s Orthopedic Support Pillow is a similarly great support pillow and will ensure you’re comfortable while propped up in bed or on your couch.
While it may seem cliche, there’s a reason a healthy diet is almost always recommended for any kind of surgical recovery process. It’s important to keep in mind both before and after surgery.
Most importantly you should limit your salt intake, as this is said to reduce swelling generally as well as during the breast lift and augmentation recovery process.
Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day if possible to keep your energy levels up. It’s always good to stay hydrated, but even more important during recovery when your body is more physically exhausted.
Avoiding alcoholic and caffeinated beverages is also advised as they are known to cause fluid retention and dehydration.
You may be issued with antibiotics by your surgeon. If not, over the counter oral pain medication approved by your surgeon or doctor must be taken only for the first couple of days after your breast lift and augmentation surgery.
Anything that hasn’t been pre-approved, whether pharmaceutical or herbal should be steered clear from. Be sure to stay away from anticoagulants such as aspirin. Natural blood thinners to avoid include:
As for natural remedies, there are a few generally harmless things you can try.
Bromelain, which is found in pineapple stems, has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to reduce swelling. So get chomping on pineapple pieces or chugging pineapple juice!
Quercetin is found in fruits and plants high in anti-oxidants and also good for reducing bruising and swelling. It can be found in the following foods:
Including some of these things in your diet could speed up your recovery process and will certainly give you more energy. Alongside these small adjustments, consider applying arnica to help with bruising once your scars have begun to heal.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please pass everything by your professional team first to see what they suggest before applying anything new to your scar/incision area.
The recovery process may seem like a daunting task to take on, but we can assure you that by following these tips and investing yourself in proper aftercare, it should be smooth and complication-free.
Breast augmentation surgery can do wonders for your mental wellbeing, and recovery is all part and parcel of the process – so embrace it.