Things You Might Not Know About Breast Augmentation Recovery
posted on 8/10/2012
A board certified plastic surgery doctor will discuss both the benefits and risks associated with your breast augmentation procedure, but it’s also important that you’re prepared for the first few weeks of the recovery process. Initially, you’ll be dealing with common effects of surgery – side effects of anesthesia, taking medications, and wearing a tight surgical bra. After that, you may experience some other effects that often are a cause for concern among breast implant patients.
Here are some things you might not know about the breast augmentation recovery process:
Swelling and Bruising
You’ll find that about 80 percent of the swelling resolves in about two weeks, but the rest can take between two to four months. Your bruises may change color several times during this recovery period and will eventually fade to a light yellow color. This is completely normal but it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on the bruises to make sure they are not getting bigger or causing more discomfort.
Anxiety and Depression
Even though you’ll notice a big change in your appearance immediately after surgery, this is not your final outcome. Your breasts may feel engorged, incredibly uncomfortable, swollen, bruised, and even appear uneven. This is completely normal as it will take some time for your body to “adapt” the breasts. You need to be very patient during the recovery process, and may experience bouts of anxiety and depression. Some women even feel like they made a mistake or regret their decision to have surgery at this stage. Remember that this is just temporary and your final outcome is just a few weeks away.
Improving the Outcome
Following all of your surgeon’s post-op instructions is essential for good results, but you may also need to make some adjustments to your lifestyle. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to maintain a good posture. Even though your breasts may feel heavy and out of place at first, practice keeping your spine straight and your shoulders back. Make sure you adopt a good sleeping position and avoid hunching over whenever possible. This can improve your outcome significantly and also make it easier to adjust to your new breasts faster.