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Breast Augmentation: Instructions For A Smooth Recovery

Once you decide to have breast augmentation surgery, it’s imperative that you know how to prepare yourself for the surgery and know what to expect for a smooth and speedy recovery. You should have a detailed consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss your specific needs and preparation requirements. Until that meeting, here is some information and guidelines to follow prior to your surgery:

  • Breast Augmentation surgery typically lasts 1 hour and does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. You will require assistance getting home since you’ll be feeling residual effects of anesthesia.
  • You can return to regular activities within 7-10 days, with the exception of heavy lifting. However, your choice of Subglandular or Submuscular Implants, can impact your recovery time so be sure to discuss with your plastic surgeon.
  • You will potentially only need a week off of work. This depends of course on the type of work you do. If heavy lifting is required, you will not be able to perform these tasks. A good rule of thumb is you shouldn’t lift anything if possible and if you have to lift, certainly nothing heavier than a gallon of milk for at least 4 weeks post-op.
  • Tell your doctor about ALL medications and supplements that you’re on. Even something as innocent as Fish Oil can cause issues during and after your surgery. Discuss with your doctor prior to your surgery, as many medications will need to leave your system before surgery can commence.
  • Do not smoke cigarettes or Ecigarettes during your recovery. Nicotine increases your chances of infection and interferes with blood flow to breast tissue.
  • Avoid tanning beds for at least 7 weeks. Tanning will highlight incisions and make much more visible, permanently.

The best way to prepare yourself for Breast Augmentation surgery is to speak directly with your plastic surgeon. They will be able to provide you with a personalized recovery plan and helpful medications, ice packs and post-surgical bras.

If you’re interested in hearing more about Breast Augmentation at Dr. Adil Ladak’s plastic and cosmetic surgery practice in Edmonton, Alberta, call today at 780.407.6691 to schedule a consultation.

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