5 Tips to Speed Your Recovery after Breast Augmentation

The results of breast augmentation surgery can be life-changing, making you feel more confident, more self-assured, and more comfortable with your own body for years after the procedure. The highly skilled plastic surgeon, Allan Wu MD, and the medical professionals at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers in Irvine, California specialize in breast augmentation to increase the size, enhance the shape, or reduce the volume of your breasts.

However you choose to surgically modify your breasts, one thing is certain: you want a smooth operation and an easy recovery. The team at MedWeight and Lasers offers the following tips to speed your recovery after breast augmentation.

Avoid underwire bras for at least six weeks after surgery

Wearing an uncomfortable bra after breast augmentation surgery is probably something you’d avoid anyway, but there’s also a medical reason to avoid underwire. In addition to being uncomfortable against swollen, tender breasts, underwire bras can irritate your skin and cause your incisions to become inflamed. The friction from the wire along your sutures can also add to your pain and inhibit your recovery.

Sports bras, or lightly supportive bras that feel comfortable against your skin without pressure points from wires are a better choice as your body heals. If possible, wait until your wounds heal completely, up to 10 weeks after surgery, before going back to underwire.

Keep your head (and breasts) above water

Submerging your new incisions, whether in a bathtub or a swimming pool, should be avoided until your wounds are fully closed. Water from the bath or pool can introduce bacteria into your newly sutured skin. This can lead to infection, causing complications and impeding the healing process. A warm shower is a better option, as it decreases your risk of infection while relaxing sore chest muscles.

Avoid drinking and smoking as you recover

Just as you were advised not to smoke or drink before breast augmentation surgery to ensure that your body was in optimal health before undergoing anesthesia, it’s a good idea to continue avoiding alcohol and nicotine until you fully recover.

Smoking inhibits oxygen-rich blood from efficiently reaching your incisions where it promotes healing. Alcohol can dehydrate your body and increase your risk of bleeding, infections, and drug interactions.

Sleep on your back

After breast augmentation surgery, it’s best to sleep on your back, especially if you’ve had implant surgery to enlarge your breasts. Sleeping on your stomach or side can cause your implants to shift or droop; plus, it’s not very comfortable immediately following surgery as your breasts and nipples may be extremely tender.

Sleeping on your back also allows your incisions to remain free from irritation, which can interfere with healing.

Avoid strenuous upper body exercises and heavy lifting

For the first six weeks after breast augmentation surgery, avoid picking up anything over 20 pounds, including children. Heavy lifting and strenuous upper body activities increase your risk of bleeding and the formation of hematomas, blood vessels that leak into the surrounding breast tissue. Keeping your blood pressure below 100 also helps your body recover more easily from surgery.

The team at MedWeight and Lasers provides you with specific instructions before and after surgery to ensure that you have the best experience possible. Planning ahead to take extra care of yourself after breast augmentation surgery, including eating right, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough rest, goes a long way toward a smooth recovery process. And, if you need assistance, the team is just a phone call away.

To learn more about breast augmentation, call the Irvine office or schedule a consultation online.

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