What to Expect During Recovery
Most people may return to work and normal activities within six to nine days and typically only need about a week off from work. As part of their breast augmentation recovery timeline, many women like to schedule their surgery on Thursday then take the next week off from work. This method allows the patient to go back to work earlier than planned, but without the pressure to go back before being completely ready.
It’s also important to consider how physically demanding the job is. Patients won’t want to lift anything heavier than a gallon of water for at least a week post surgery. For those who have small children or a job that involves heavy lifting, be sure to have help at home or schedule more time off from work. As a rule of thumb, a patient should schedule more breast augmentation recovery time than she thinks she’ll need.
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Disclose vitamins and supplements
Many people take a multivitamin or herbal supplement. Perhaps because taking one is common, many people don’t consider it important information to share with their surgeon or anesthesiologist. However, this information is vital to ensuring a safe, speedy recovery. Some supplements may induce surgical bleeding, raise blood pressure or exacerbate inflammation. Plan to stop taking all supplements about three weeks before surgery.
- Diet pills
- Fish oil
- St. John’s Wort
- Valerian Root
- Vitamin E
No smoking during recovery
As part of the breast augmentation recovery timeline, patients cannot smoke. Smoking inhibits recovery from regular surgery, but it has an even more damaging effect on people recovering from plastic surgery. To fully heal, the breast tissue must receive proper blood flow and nicotine adversely affects blood flow. Those who smoke regular or electronic cigarettes have an increased chance of getting an infection and also risk delayed healing after surgery. This point cannot be overemphasized. Those who smoke must stop during recovery or they risk damaging not only their breast augmentation, but their health in general.
Eliminate the use of tanning beds
Part of what to expect during recovery is to plan not to visit the tanning salon. Those who have recently completed breast augmentation surgery will want to protect their investment, this means refraining from the use of tanning beds for at least five to seven weeks after surgery. Tanning beds are not only harmful to the skin, they accentuate the lines of surgical incisions.
When to begin exercising
Many people want to know when they can continue their exercise routines. Generally it’s fine to start walking about a week after surgery. Individuals may work up to aerobic activity as they feel ready. For those who lift weights, it’s best to wait at least two weeks after surgery, longer if the implants were placed under muscle tissue.