Preparing for Breast Augmentation
Many women are taking advantage of the “virtual time” COVID has provided and scheduling consultations and actual surgeries for breast augmentation. Being able to work from home and log on to the computer where one is only seen from shoulders up, provides the opportunity for scheduling cosmetic surgical procedures without having to take extra time off work.
The good news is that the recovery from breast augmentation is typically a short and smooth process with a little forethought. That said, for a few days, you’ll be sore and moving pretty slowly, so it’s important to focus on taking care of yourself. To make it just a little bit smoother for you, here are some topics to prepare for breast augmentation that include your house, your family and your wardrobe.
PREPARE YOUR TRIBE
Every single breast augmentation patient needs at a minimum one trusted adult to help them on their surgery day and for 24 hours after. This person will need to drive you to and from the surgery center, help you get in and out of the car, and keep a close eye on you for the first 24 to 48 hours as the normal grogginess and other effects of anesthesia wear off. Often, this is a spouse/significant other or family member, but you can also recruit a close friend—or even hire a nurse, if you live alone and wish to keep your procedure totally private.
If you have kids, you’ll need to arrange for full time childcare for a few days, and you will need extra help for a couple more weeks after that. Why? Because you will not be allowed to lift anything over about 10 pounds to avoid straining your incisions (and possibly stretching your scars or worse). If you have young kids, explain to them that you won’t be able to pick them up, but you can give gentle snuggles on the couch. Delegate tasks such as getting the kids dressed, bathed, fed, and off to school to a trusted adult.
Don’t forget about your furry family members. While it’s okay to pet them, or even let your cat sleep in your lap, you should avoid things like scooping the litter pan or walking the dog (in case she pulls on the leash) to protect your healing results.
SETUP YOUR COMFORT AREA
You’ll need a comfortable place to rest that:
Is easy for you to get in and out of without straining or overusing your arms
Does not run the risk of rolling over onto your chest if you fall asleep
Allows you to move your legs (i.e., you don’t want to be pinned in)
Your lounge can be your bed, with a bunch of pillows arranged to prop up your head, back, shoulder, and arms, or a recliner with a cooperative “up and down” bar. Have a table within easy reach and clear it off pre-surgery: you want plenty of surface area for books, iPad, phone, magazines, things to sip, eat, etc. It’s best if you can set up your “lounge” in a room with a comfortable temperature and access to a light switch, so you don’t have to stumble around in the dark if you wake in the night.
You also will need room to move freely about—getting up at intervals and walking a bit minimizes the risk of blood clots and will help you keep from getting stiff—so consider removing extraneous items from your recovery area before you have surgery.
Eating nutritious food (think fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein) after surgery will help you heal faster and feel better. While there’s nothing wrong with healthy takeout, the costs can add up—and you won’t be able to go pick up food for at least a couple of days anyway, as driving is strictly off limits while you are taking prescription pain meds.
Prep, portion, and freeze soups, casseroles, or any other healthy dishes that are easy to reheat. Alternatively, assign meal prep to a family member. Do them a favor (and ensure you get the foods you enjoy) by shopping for ingredients ahead of time.
KEEP EVERYTHING WITHIN EASY REACH.
Remember, lifting and straining aren’t allowed for several weeks, and you may not have full range of motion to reach your arms overhead. Make things easier on yourself by placing your toothbrush, skin care, dishes, etc. in easily accessible locations.
For things that don’t make sense on a countertop, find a good workaround so you don’t have to bend or strain. Place a chair next to where you put on your shoes, tie an extension on the pull string to your ceiling fan, or consider buying a grabber to pick objects up off the floor.
EASY LIKE A SUNDAY MORNING OUTFITS
Have you ever tried to pull on a sweater or zip up a dress the day after completing a hard upper body weight workout? It’s not very fun, and that’s kind of how you’ll feel for a few days after breast augmentation. Make things easy on yourself (and avoid straining incisions) by getting a few pieces that open and close in the front, such as button up tops, sweaters, PJs, and wrap dresses.
Don’t forget about your bras—you will need to wear a soft, supportive bra for several weeks.
If you want to schedule your consultation with Dr. Csaba Magassy regarding breast augmentation surgery and the best option for you to meet your desired outcome, please call us at 703-790-5454.
If you have your own tips for an easier breast augmentation recovery, leave a comment; we’d love to hear from you!