Breast augmentation can enhance your confidence and self-image. Of course, optimal results start with your surgeon’s skill. However, a critical component of a successful procedure is your ability to prioritize the healing process.
Matthew J. Lynch, MD, is a board-certified surgeon in East Windsor, New Jersey, specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery. Dr. Lynch blends comprehensive surgical skills with patient-focused care before, during, and after your procedure.
Read these five tips from Dr. Lynch regarding your role in expediting recovery after breast augmentation:
1. Follow postoperative instructions
One of the most critical steps in expediting healing after breast augmentation is diligently following the postoperative instructions Dr. Lynch provides.
He notes these aren’t “suggestions.” Instead, your postoperative care course is carefully personalized to promote proper healing and reduce the risk of complications.
You can expect individualized directions about activities to avoid and those you should include in your daily routine. Specifics include pain management, surgical site care, dressing changes, and medications.
Adhering to these instructions helps minimize swelling, bruising, and discomfort, allowing your body to heal more efficiently.
Dr. Lynch also provides instructions about bra type and size and other supportive garments to wear post-surgery, which can aid healing. A bra that provides support can help reduce swelling, minimize discomfort, and maintain proper positioning of the implants.
Follow Dr. Lynch’s instructions regarding the duration and type of bra to wear, as this can vary depending on individual circumstances.
2. Pamper yourself
Everyone heals differently but plan several days of lounging at home after breast augmentation. Before scheduling your procedure, Dr. Lynch discusses what you can expect regarding time off work, lifting restrictions, and other limitations during breast augmentation recovery.
Generally, avoid strenuous activities that could strain your chest muscles or suture sites. In addition, get plenty of rest to ensure your body has the energy it needs to heal.
However, it’s also essential to engage in light physical activity, as directed by Dr. Lynch, since that improves blood circulation and promotes healing.
3. Plan ahead
Set yourself up for success by enlisting assistance at home. For instance, you may need help with meal preparation, child care, walking the dog, and other daily chores for a few days.
Additionally, there are things you can do to prepare your home for a restful recovery. For instance, elevating your upper body while sleeping and using pillows for support can help reduce swelling.
Create a spa-like lounging spot before you leave for the procedure, so you can rest once you arrive home.
Your surgical care team also provides instructions for ensuring your space is safe, such as temporarily removing throw rugs and other fall risks. Pain medications, typically prescribed for a couple of days post-surgery, can make you unsteady.
4. Eat for health
A healthy lifestyle plays a significant role in expediting the healing process. Make sure to eat a nutritious post-surgical diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and lean protein. These nutrients are essential for tissue repair.
Drink plenty of water to aid healing and flush out toxins. Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption, as they can impair healing and increase the risk of post-surgical complications.
Employing healthy habits before and after breast augmentation can significantly improve your recovery experience.
5. Don’t forget your follow-up appointments
Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Lynch are vital for monitoring your progress and ensuring a successful recovery. These appointments allow him to assess your healing, address concerns, and make necessary adjustments.
Attending these appointments enables early detection of potential complications, facilitating prompt intervention and a smoother healing process. Be sure to communicate openly with Dr. Lynch and ask questions or seek clarification regarding your recovery.
Schedule an evaluation with Dr. Lynch today for more information about breast augmentation or other surgeries and cosmetic services he offers. Call our office or request an appointment online.