When it comes to breast augmentation, the recovery period is just as important as the procedure itself. This is why before your surgery, Dr. Ary Krau will provide detailed recovery instructions, including when to take pain medications and when it is safe to return to normal activities. This is to ensure that your body can recover and heal properly. However, there are plenty of other things you will want to do to make sure your recovery is a successful one. Read on for some helpful recovery tips.
Get Acquainted With Your First Bra
Following your procedure, Dr. Krau will place an elastic bra on your breasts for you to wear as your breasts gradually settle into place. However, it’s a good idea to buy your own post-op bra for when you take off the surgical bra. You may find that the type of bra you prefer changes once your breasts are fuller and perkier, so take the time to shop around and scope out different bra styles before your surgery.
It’s important to note that you should not take off your surgical bra until Dr. Krau says it is safe to do so. Additionally, you should get clearance from Dr. Krau before wearing an underwire bra, as it may lead to scarring and other complications.
Make transportation arrangements. Following surgery, you will have the option of staying overnight at our on-site recovery suite. However, you may also choose to leave once the anesthesia wears off. If so, Dr. Krau will release you into the care of a friend or family member. Be sure that someone is available to pick you up after surgery and escort you safely to your home or hotel.
Ask for help from a loved one. Taking care of young children or pets will be difficult during the first few days of recovery. A loved one can take care of simple tasks — such as picking up your child from school, walking your dog, or feeding pets — so you can recover more comfortably and stress-free.
Fill your prescriptions. Dr. Krau may give you oral pain medication to alleviate any pain or discomfort you may feel following surgery. Be sure to fill these prescriptions before your surgery so they are ready and available to take during your recovery.
Prepare Your Home Recovery Station
Turn your bed into your sanctuary. Fill your bed with soft, plump pillows and clean bed sheets and linens. Place items, such as your remote control, pain medications and phone, on a nightstand or table within your reach. You will have a lot of downtime, so have books, DVDs or a tablet handy for entertainment.
Plan your outfits. You will want to be as comfortable as possible following surgery, so be sure to dress that way! Button-up shirts and light sweaters with zippers are easy to put on and take off. Avoid tight clothing that can hurt your breasts, and clothing that requires you to raise your arms above your head. Wash your clothes and bedsheets before surgery so that you don’t have to worry about laundry during your recovery.
Shop for must-have items. Make your recovery stress-free and comfortable by shopping for some necessary items before surgery. Make a list of small, yet necessary items you use on a daily basis, such as hair ties, makeup removal pads and wet wipes. Buy plenty of easy to prepare foods, frozen meals and snacks. Keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water and juices. Buy cold compresses or bags of frozen vegetables or fruit to alleviate pain or soreness.