Tips for Breast Augmentation Recovery

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Dr. Jude LaBarbera, MD Plastic Surgeon


Tips for Breast Augmentation Recovery

Knowing what to expect after your breast augmentation in Phoenix AZ is important so as to ensure fast and uninterrupted recovery. As much as the recovery depends on the type of procedure performed on you, understanding what must be done afterward is equally important. This helps prepare you both mentally, financially, and physically. In this article are 9 points that explain the tips to follow as you await your full recovery.

1. Follow your Doctor’s Instructions

The top most important tip to attain a sound recovery is by following your surgeon’s instructions. Keep in mind that he has studied your records thoroughly and professionally, and knows the much that your body can handle. This also includes attending all of your appointments to enable him to assist you in the best way that he can.

2. Have Plenty of Sleep and Rest

After breast augmentation surgery, the upper body muscles are usually overstretched and tight. Getting plenty of sleep and rest relaxes the body muscles to adjust to the new implants as expected. They also help reduce the swelling rate on the breast bone and tissues, minimizes fluid buildup, and enhances sufficient blood circulation. This is the reason why an individual wishing to undergo breast augmentation surgery is advised before surgery to prepare her little haven away from a stressful environment where she would spend her time resting until she recovers.

3. Sleep on your Back

Doctors advise patients recovering from breast augmentation surgery to sleep on their backside only. This is because, after surgery, the breasts are supposed to be relaxed free from any form of internal pressure, and sleeping on the sides would build up unnecessary pressure within. It also keeps the breasts in a more natural and preferred position as they heal and blend in with the implants.

4. Always take your Medications

Medicines generally are meant to cure, prevent, and reduce any kind of infection present in our bodies. Post-surgery, a patient is likely to experience pain in the breast region, especially at the incision sites. This is reduced by taking pain medications prescribed by the doctor. In case a patient has other kinds of medicines prescribed, she should also ensure that they are taken without failure.

5. Eat Light but Healthy Foods

A healthy diet provides the body with the necessary nutrients, energy, and strength needed for its full functioning. Before going into surgery, patients are usually advised to stock light but healthy meals because they are easy to prepare. Also, for the first few days post-surgery, you would be nauseous due to the anesthetic injection which would make you lack appetite.

6. Drink Plenty of Water

Water plays a major role in the body which includes cooling the body off during high temperatures and keeping the body hydrated. After surgery, it is easy to become dehydrated because the body would be functioning to heal the damaged tissues and replace the worn-out ones. Patients are advised to drink a lot of water within short time intervals to keep the body in the right state to fight all infections that might arise after surgery.

7. Clothes

Before surgery, an individual is usually advised to stock on loose clothing such as pajamas and robes. These should be easy to put on and remove without interfering with the breasts’ healing process. They should either button or zip-up front-wise or backside hence requiring less effort. With regards to the bra, avoid any non-underwired bra for the first few weeks post-surgery since your breasts would need support at all times. Remember that whatever you choose to wear post-surgery must not be worn over the head.

8. Do not use any Scar Creams or Ointments on the Incision

After surgery, the incision wounds would be covered by a surgical bandage which would need to be changed during wound dressing as often as possible. Unless advised by the doctor, avoid applying any kind of ointments or creams at the wounds since they may irritate the skin and cause avoidable allergic reactions. Some of these creams would react negatively to worsen the wound’s condition.

9. Have a Positive Mindset

As much as recovery is physical, it goes hand in hand with the mental and psychological state of an individual. Having a positive mindset helps you heal rather faster because it fills you with positive vibes. It is recommended that as you heal, you surround yourself with the people that love and genuinely care for you, those who enlighten your day and fill you with joy. Also, develop reasonable expectations to help you handle any outcome that comes your way.


Your rate of recovery is fully dependent on you alone. The much that the doctors would do would leave you with the greater part of finishing what they started. Follow the above tips and enjoy wonderful results.