Once you have made the decision to have breast augmentation and chosen your surgeon, it is time to start preparing for your big day. When it comes to breast augmentation preparation, there are a few things you can do to ensure your body is ready for the procedure and that your home is ready for your recovery. Following these tips can help promote a healthy and happy recovery.
1. Prepare Yourself
In the weeks and days ahead of your scheduled breast augmentation procedure, you will want to take some steps to help boost your body’s healing ability and see that you are in the best shape possible. Now is the time to stop smoking, as smoking can hinder your recovery. You also want to take this time to eat healthily and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Your surgeon will provide you with a list of medications, such as aspirin, that should be avoided before your procedure. Also prepare your wardrobe with front-button or zippered shirts to help avoid having to lift your arms above your head.
2. Create a Recovery Location
Recovery from breast augmentation surgery can take a couple of weeks depending on how you heal and the demands of your normal daily routine. During this time, it will be important to have a recovery area where everything you need is right at your fingertips. You will want a comfortable recliner or bed so you can rest. Movement may be difficult, especially in the first couple of days, so it is a good idea to have everything you need, such as medications, healthy snacks, and water, nearby. In addition, your phone, charger, and television remote allow you to stay connected and occupied while also resting.
3. Enlist the Help of Family and Friends
During the first few days after your procedure, you are not going to be up for much. Lifting and strenuous exercise are out, and it will likely take all your energy to make it from your recovery chair or bed to the bathroom. In addition to having a friend or family member bring you home from your breast augmentation, you are likely going to want help at home those first few days. Whether it is for help with the kids and pets or someone to come cook dinner and feed the family, the extra hands can make all the difference.
4. Meal Prep
If friends and family can’t commit to cooking for you during recovery, meal prepping before your big day can make all the difference. Having healthy meals ready to heat and serve can make it possible to feed yourself and your family with very little effort.
5. Prepare for Sleep Changes
Are you a side or tummy sleeper? After your breast augmentation, you will be advised to sleep on your back with your head elevated at least 45 degrees to allow for recovery and reduce swelling. Adjusting to this new sleeping position can be difficult for many, meaning sleep may be difficult at a time when it is very necessary for recovery. Consider sleeping in this position for a week or so before your procedure so you can get used to the new position and get the sleep you need during recovery.
If you are considering a breast augmentation or have already scheduled your big day and still have questions about how to prepare, the team at Kobienia Plastic Surgery is here to help. Call (612) 930-1111 today to schedule a consultation.