You’ve made it through your breast surgery and are now recovering – congratulations, the most stressful part of the process is behind you. With the surgeon’s work done, it is now up to you to give yourself the best post breast implant surgery recovery and ensure your procedure has the best possible result.
By following these tips, you should be able to do just that:
One of the most important things you need to do is fortunately also very enjoyable! Take a break from your usual busy schedule and allow your body time to recover. Most importantly, avoid exercise, heavy lifting and strenuous housework – or any activity that requires raising your hands above your head. Depending on how you feel, you can begin to engage in limited physical activity when you’re ready, but be careful not to try doing too much before your body is up to it.
Smoking affects how your body heals, so avoiding cigarettes after your procedure will speed up your recovery process as your blood is able to carry more oxygen to your healing tissue. Indeed, quitting smoking prior to your surgery will also reduce surgical risks associated with the habit such as high carbon monoxide levels in the blood. You’re already making a big change by having your surgery, why not make another and use the opportunity to quit smoking altogether?
Always sleep on your back
After surgery, you need to try and avoid any contact or pressure on your breasts. Sleeping on your back will ensure any implants aren’t moved or damaged during the recovery process. This is very important as failure to do so could result in you having to undergo subsequent procedures to correct implants that have been compromised.
Choose the right bras
Your surgeon will advise whether you can wear a bra after the procedure. It is likely you will be given a special bra to wear immediately following the surgery, which you must wear for the time period the surgeon has specified. Thereafter, choose a sports bra or something of similar comfort. Bras with underwire are not a contraindication, but may be uncomfortable in the first few months post operatively.
Keep in contact with your doctor
Above all, it is vital you maintain contact with your surgeon so he/she can monitor your recovery, minimise any potential complications and make any necessary suggestions. Be sure to keep asking
plenty of questions to ensure you and your doctor are on the same page regarding your recovery timetable, including when you can begin increasing your physical activity.
Advise your doctor immediately of the following symptoms
· High temperature
· Nausea and vomiting
· Shortness of breath
· Heavy bleeding
· Increasing redness around the incisions
· Increasing pain in the breasts
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About Dr Michael Yunaev
Dr Michael Yunaev is an Oncoplastic Breast, General and Cosmetic Surgeon and is the Principal Doctor at Breast & Body Clinic. Dr Yunaev is a highly trained Surgeon with extensive experience and passion for the treatment of all aspects of Breast Cancer Surgery, Benign and Congenital Breast Disease and Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery, as well as General Surgery.