Preparation is key when it comes to a speedy breast augmentation recovery. My San Jose and Palo Alto, CA, patients often find that taking a few essential steps before surgery can make all the difference after it.
As you plan for your upcoming breast augmentation, follow these tips to set your space and life up for a restful and rewarding recovery experience.
Pick Your Support Person
You will need someone to drive you home from surgery and stay with you the first night or two. This may be a spouse, parent, or close friend—anyone you trust to look after you as you bounce back from your procedure.
You’ll feel a bit groggy for the first couple of days, especially as the effects of general anesthesia wear off. Having someone reliable who can handle any needs that may arise during this time is essential.
Arrange Child & Pet Care
For the first couple of days and nights, you may want to set up full-time care for your little ones, including four-legged family members. In addition to feeling fatigued, you won’t be able to lift anything over 10 pounds that may strain your incisions.
It’s also a good idea to have an age-appropriate conversation with your children so they know to be gentle around you as you recuperate.
Build Your Recovery Nest
Gather all the essentials you may need from around the house and bring them to one central spot. This can be anywhere you can comfortably prop yourself up in a reclined position, which is how you’ll need to sleep to minimize swelling.
Make sure you have your must-haves nearby, including:
- Books, movies, or games for entertainment
- Healthy snacks
- Cleansing wipes
- Plenty of pillows
- Your surgeon’s phone number (Stuck on which surgeon to choose? Get tips in this blog post.)
The day before your surgery, do a quick check around the house to make sure any items you may need are out from low cabinets and down from hard-to-reach shelves.
Do Some Meal Prep
Recovery is one of the most important times for eating nutritious meals, but it’s also one of the times you’ll have the least energy to cook those meals. Prep meals ahead of time or enlist the help of your trusted support person to take over cooking duty for the first few days after your surgery.
Stock Up on Front-Closing Tops
Trying to pull a top over your head or reaching behind you to zip yourself up is not a fun experience when you are dealing with normal post-op soreness and tightness. Make sure you have a few comfortable pajama tops you can easily button up, so you don’t have to worry about this extra strain.
To see examples of the results you can expect once you’ve fully recovered from breast augmentation, please visit my before-and-after photo gallery.