Breast augmentation is the most popular form of plastic surgery in the UK, with 4,702 procedures being carried out in 2020, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. If you’re dissatisfied with the size of your breasts, then you might think that going under the knife is a simple solution. When taking the decision, however, it’s worth bearing in mind all of the variables.
Among the most important things to consider is your post-surgery recovery. To get the most from the procedure, you’ll want to think about how you can get through this period with minimal discomfort, and how you can give your body the best possible chance at recovering quickly.
Let’s run through a few tips that will ease the transition.
The first few days
For the first few days after your operation, you’ll be in considerable discomfort. You can deal with this through medication. You might experience bleeding from the incision sites. Your surgeon will explain to you how this can be dealt with.
Sleep is a critical part of a healthy life – and that goes especially when you’re recovering from surgery. Avoid stimulants like caffeine, especially after midday. Try to limit your screen time, especially before you go to bed. Scrolling through your phone isn’t good for your sleep.
You’re going to be sleeping on your back, as putting weight on your breasts is going to prevent them from recovering properly. If this doesn’t come naturally to you, then it’s time to practice before you undergo the procedure. It might be that you need to change your sleeping arrangements to make this easier.
Modifying the Home
You won’t want to lift anything heavy after your surgery. Even a full kettle can pose a problem – so make sure that you empty it before you get back. It might also be time to buy smaller items of food, just so you don’t have to go to the trouble of lifting them. Make sure that you’ve arranged all of the items in your home so that they’re in easy reach, and you have to do the minimum of stretching and bending. Remote controls, phone chargers, and cups should be kept at waist height.
What should I wear?
An underwire bra is going to be uncomfortable while you recover. Most people find that switching to a sports bra can make the difference. You’re looking for something supportive and comfortable – don’t worry about how it looks. That will sort itself out later!