at our Idaho Falls plastic surgery center can help you achieve beautiful results. However, getting these results also depends on you. Following your surgeon’s post-op care instructions is imperative to ensure a smooth recovery. Below are a few essential healing tips that will assist with your recovery:
Do get plenty of rest. Sleep is essential to a healthy immune system and a smooth recovery. Your body works hard to heal after surgery, and when we sleep, the body can dedicate more blood flow to injured tissues. The increased oxygen and nutrients will promote healing. Try to sleep on your back with your body elevated to minimize fluid buildup and enhance circulation.
Don’t shower immediately. Wait about 48 hours after your procedure before showering. Be very gentle during your shower, and do not scrub near your incisions. Make sure to pat dry when you get out. Also, do not take a bath or submerge your incisions for about 4 weeks.
Do stretch out your muscles. During the first day or 2 after your surgery, begin walking a short distance around your house. Light movement will help reduce swelling, build strength, and support the recovery process. Failure to walk may cause constipation and fatigue. It can also put you at a higher risk for infections and blood clots.
Don’t rush back to work. Take it easy for the first few days post-op. Most patients can return to “desk work” 3-4 days after surgery. However, you may need to take off more time if your job requires more activity, such as that of a police officer, waitress, or at-home care giver. Additionally, you won’t be able to drive until you have stopped taking prescription pain medications.
Do ease back into your workouts. For the first 2 weeks after surgery, avoid all exercise besides walking to reduce risk of post-op bleeding. After 2 weeks you can resume lower body exercises, and at 3 weeks you can begin light to moderate upper body exercises. Gradually begin incorporating more intensive workouts into your routine, but don’t overexert yourself! Listen to your body.
Don’t fly after surgery. It is recommended that you refrain from flying for at least a couple of weeks after surgery. For instance, after 1 week your breasts will likely still be swollen, sore, and healing, and you will need to go to follow-up appointments with your surgeon during this time. Additionally, you should not lift anything heavy, including luggage, until your body has had time to heal.
Do have patience. Good things take time. Immediately after surgery, your breasts may appear high, tight, or swollen. It may take 6 to 12 weeks for the breasts to reach their final position. As your implants settle, they will begin to soften and take on a more natural-looking appearance. Your scars may take up to 1 year to fully heal.
I always tell my patients that there is no definitive way to measure the healing process, either by time or appearance. But as a board-certified plastic surgeon, I will monitor your progress and be available if you have any concerns.
To get a better idea of your potential with breast augmentation, visit our gallery of before-and-after photos. If you are ready to take the next steps, request a consultation online or give us a call at (208) 881-5351.