I have been performing breast surgeries such as breast augmentation on Long Island for many years, so I’ve heard more tips than I can count about recovery. There’s lots of great advice out there, and you should always follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully, but I find the best advice to be the simplest. Here are 3 of my top tidbits for your recovery:
- Plan ahead. I can’t stress this one enough. Many breast surgery patients would likely tell you to get your house in order before you roll into the operating room. Think about getting prescriptions filled, stocking your kitchen with easy meals, and even planning a smooth route home from the hospital. This way you’ll figuratively and literally avoid bumps along the road.
- Learn about massage techniques. Most breast surgery patients can hasten their final results and improve healing by massaging their breasts. Using certain oils or lotions can help scars to heal, and women with breast implants can benefit by encouraging their implants to settle. Some doctors even say massage may help reduce the risk of capsular contracture, or an excess of scar tissue, for women with implants. Ask your surgeon what specific techniques you should use.
- Don’t buy your bras until later. Sometimes patients go on bra shopping sprees before surgery as part of the excitement of the transformation, but that may not be wise. You will likely need to wear a surgical bra or compression garment for several weeks or months, and your breasts will change during this time as swelling fades or implants settle. It’s best to wait until your healing is complete to hit the stores.