Although you’ll most likely be excited to see your new results after your breast augmentation procedure, your recovery is an important step along the way to the new you. It can seem daunting, but your recovery doesn’t need to be miserable. Our surgeons will make sure you have care steps to follow, but here are a few tips to make your recovery as easy and comfortable as possible.
It’s very important to get the nutrients you need during your recovery. Cooking afterward can require more energy than you’re able to spend, though, so be sure to think ahead by prepping some easy-to-grab, reheatable meals ahead of time. You may want to start with bland, easily-digestible foods the day after surgery, but be sure to also include meals for later on that have lots of vegetables and fiber, as well as protein from non-fatty sources. Your recovery diet shouldn’t include lots of dairy or processed and sugary foods since these can contribute to constipation, which is common after surgeries and the use of certain medications. A well-balanced, vitamin-rich diet during your downtime can be an important part of your body’s ability to heal, so be sure to ask Dr. Homas or Dr. Brostrom for recommendations of what to avoid or include.
This is another important step that will ensure you have a place to spend your recovery in comfort. Select a comfortable room with climate control that has a bed or couch with plenty of space for you to relax and rest. Be sure to stock up on pillows, since these are important in making sure you don’t move too much while you’re sleeping. They can also help with keeping you elevated, which helps with blood flow. Make sure you have a place to put important things like water, medication, or ice-packs so that they’re in reach. It can also be helpful to create a list of movies, shows, or books to keep you entertained— although, getting plenty of rest is important, too!
One thing that’s most important to your safety and health is making sure you have a close friend or family member to take you home and look after you during the first few days. You most likely won’t be able to lift or reach during this time, so you should have someone on hand to help you out with moving or ensuring you’re comfortable. You and your chosen helper should also know what complications to watch out for. Also, be sure to make arrangements for your prescribed medications and surgical bra, which are important for your immediate recovery period.
Your successful recovery should begin in the days before your procedure in order to ensure you can easily return home and rest. Be sure to voice any questions you may have during your consultation, and your doctor can make sure you have all the information you need to stay safe and comfortable. To schedule a consultation, fill out our online form or contact our San Antonio office.