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Tips to Follow After Breast Augmentation

September 4, 2014

Recovery time following a breast augmentation procedure depends upon many factors. As with any surgical procedure, it will require a significant amount of time to heal during which you will be instructed to rest. It is vitally important that you follow all of your surgeon’s instructions during this time period to decrease your risk of complications and infection. While you are recovering, follow these helpful tips in order to give your body time to recuperate.

Breast Augmentation

  1. Get plenty of rest: Your body will already be under large amounts of stress as it struggles to recover from your surgical procedure so it is important not to put any more stress on it. Remain in bed for the first few days and get plenty of sleep so your body can focus on healing.
  2. Sleep on your back: While your breasts are healing, you will not be able to put any pressure on them by sleeping on your side or stomach. If you have trouble not rolling on to your side while sleeping you may wish to try sleeping in a sitting position or barricading yourself in place by using pillows or extra blankets that will help prevent you from rolling over.
  3. Use cold packs & diuretics to reduce swelling: If the area surrounding your breasts and implants feels tender or swollen, ice packs can be used to contract the blood vessels and give some relief from the pain and swelling. Diuretics such as herbal or chamomile tea; water; and cranberry juice can be helpful in lowering the amount of fluid retention in the body which will also help with swelling. In order to further prevent excessive fluid retention, limit your sodium intake for the first few days following your procedure. This will make you feel more comfortable overall and can help to ease pain and swelling.
  4. Sit-up whenever possible: Preventing fluid accumulation in the breast tissue during the recovery period can often be as simple as sitting up whenever possible. This will prevent fluids from pooling in the area and will ensure that drainage tubes work efficiently and effectively.
  5. Do not shower until stitches are removed: During the first few days following your procedure it is very important to ensure that your incisions and stitches are kept dry and clean. Because of this, you will not be able to shower for a short period of time while the skin heals.

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