You have finally scheduled your breast augmentation surgery and are excited to shop for new tops and enjoy your new figure. Depending upon your physical health prior to surgery and other factors, it can take anywhere from four to six weeks on average to recover from your breast augmentation procedure. Preparing properly for your surgery can help make this recovery time more enjoyable and run more smoothly. Here are a few simple tips to help you prepare for your breast augmentation surgery.
Pack a Bag for Your Hospital Stay
Depending upon several factors, including the type of surgery you received and the complexity of the procedure, you may need to spend one or several nights at the hospital. Here are a few things you include in your bag for your hospital stay:
- Loose-fitting clothing that is easy to put on and remove
- A post-operative bra
- A phone charger
- Magazine, books, crossword puzzles, or other items you keep yourself entertained
Your physician can recommend which bra will work best for your postoperative care. Remember, you will be a larger size so you will need to purchase a bra that will fit comfortably.
Make Arrangements for During and After the Procedure
Preparing for the day, and the immediate aftermath, of the surgery prior to the procedure will help ensure you are comfortable and able to relax and heal after your breast augmentation surgery. For example, ask a friend or family member to give you a ride home after the procedure and remain with you for a few hours when you get home.
Hire a babysitter or ask a friend or family member for help if you have kids. You will need to rest and avoid heavy lifting after the procedure, so make sure you are not lifting your children. Fill any medications prior to the procedure, including any pain medications prescribed by your physician. Purchase meals that are easy to prepare and stock up on water and healthy snacks.
Ask your doctor how much time you should take off of work. Depending upon the circumstances of your surgery, you made need one to two weeks to recover away from work.
The Day of the Surgery
Your physician will tell you when to stop eating and drinking prior to the procedure, which is typically eight to 12 hours before your breast augmentation surgery. Take a shower and put on some comfortable clothing. Avoid wearing jewelry and leave anything valuable at home.
Proper preparation can make recovering from your breast augmentation surgery less stressful. Don't hesitate to ask your doctor any additional questions you might have about how to get ready for your procedure.