Breast Augmentation Recovery
Breast augmentation is the world's most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, and techniques are constantly being refined in order to allow women to undergo surgery, recover and resume their daily routines in the shortest time frame possible. While the surgery and its results are the common focal points among those considering surgery, it is important to understand that recovery is a crucial step in achieving maximum benefits.
During your breast augmentation recovery, you will be taken into a recovery area to be closely monitored following surgery. After you wake up a nurse will monitor you until you are ready to be released. How long this takes varies, but usually it takes at least two hours. As the anesthesia wears off, you will feel sore and possibly confused. Your vision may be blurry and you may feel extremely sleepy.
If you have had general anesthesia, you may feel nauseated. Medication can help. Make sure to tell your surgeon or anesthesiologist if you don't feel well.
Your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal.
You will be permitted to go home after a few hours. You will need someone to drive you home from the hospital or surgical center.
Before leaving, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your breasts following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection and you will receive information about when to follow-up with your plastic surgeon.
You may be instructed to wear a support bra around the clock for the first week or two. It will be important to cleanse the incision sites and apply ointment as directed. Be sure to follow all instructions carefully.
Breast augmentation recovery typically requires that patients minimize physical activity for 3 to 7 days before slowly resuming more strenuous tasks. The amount of downtime required, and the amount of time needed to make a full recovery that allows you to resume all normal activity is largely dependent upon where the incision was placed, the size of the implant and whether the breast implant was placed above or below the pectoral muscle.
If you are considering breast augmentation, you are probably spending considerable time deciding which surgeon to choose and how to budget for the cost of surgery. These are two very important aspects to consider, but it is equally important to budget for time you can spend away from work and other obligations, healing in a calm and relaxing environment and avoiding physical strain. Patients should understand that they need to take certain measures to ensure they heal properly.
By knowing what to expect, and preparing to follow your surgeon's instructions closely, you can maximize the likelihood of a successful surgery that provides you with many years of boosted confidence and satisfaction with your appearance.
If you would like more information about breast augmentation and recovery in location, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com. Dr. Serota would be happy to consult with you about your breast augmentation options.