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Recovering From Breast Augmentation Surgery: A Guide to Getting The Best Results

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One of the foremost questions on the minds of most Long Island area patients prior to undergoing breast augmentation surgery is how their recovery will be. Much like the procedure itself, as well as the aesthetic outcomes that can be achieved, the answer is different for everyone. Many factors go into determining how a recovery period will proceed, including the location of the incision, the size of the implants that are used, and whether a patient adheres to their post-operative instructions

The skill level of the surgeon also comes into play. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY are breast augmentation experts who boast vast knowledge and tremendous experience performing this transformative procedure. Today’s breast implants are suitable for a wide variety of body types. Most are able to be placed below the pectoralis muscle. This allows for a layer of protective muscle between the implants and breast tissue, which can reduce the risk of rupture and encapsulation. Read on for tips provided by the expert surgeons at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery about how patients can achieve a smooth and speedy recovery.

Plan ahead

One of the best ways to ensure that your recovery is relatively quick and successful is to start prepping well before your surgery takes place. If you are a smoker, quit now. Smoking is known to impact the recovery process as it hampers the body’s ability to heal. Not to mention, kicking this habit also may help to improve your overall health. The sooner you stop smoking, the better.

During the initial consultation with your surgeon, the type of breast augmentation surgery to be performed as well as the style of implants to be used will be determined. Both of these will factor in the recovery process. For example, silicone or gummy breast implants may require an incision along the inframammary fold, where the breast meets the chest wall. This may take a bit longer to heal than incisions made elsewhere on the breast. Also, if you have a pre-existing health condition or take any medications, be sure to review those with the surgeon as they may affect your surgery and recovery.

Allow your body to rest

Although the board-certified plastic surgeons at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery use state-of-the-art surgical techniques and equipment, it is important to remember that your body will still need plenty of time to rest following breast augmentation. Plan to take it easy for several days after your procedure. Request assistance from family members or friends. Someone will need to drive or escort you home from surgery. Most Long Island patients will require assistance or care for up to 48 hours after a breast augmentation. Do not plan any major outings during the first few days of your recovery. Normal exercise usually can be resumed about four weeks post-surgery, and most patients start to see the optimal results of their surgery around the six-week mark.

Do as your surgeon says

You will be provided with post-operative and recovery instructions that are specific to the type of breast augmentation that you had as well as your health needs. These should be followed precisely. Be sure to take any prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications at the scheduled intervals recommended by your surgeon. Icing the area as frequently as possible during the first 2-3 days following surgery may help minimize swelling. However, take care to avoid icing the sensitive nipple area directly.

You also will be advised against performing certain movements, such as lifting your arms above your head, for up to two weeks. During this important healing time, your body will be working to build up the tissue surrounding your new implants, which will help to support and keep them in place. Depending on the nature of your job, your surgeon may allow you to return to work within a few days. Be sure to schedule and attend any follow-up appointments with your board-certified plastic surgeon at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery so that your recovery can be closely monitored.

Be patient

It is likely that you have been considering breast augmentation for a while, so you may be anxious to enjoy the excellent results of your surgery. Patience is the key to a successful recovery. You must allow your body and the implants time to heal. Most Long Island patients experience some swelling and soreness for several weeks following their procedure. It may be helpful to sleep on your back or supported with several pillows. At first, the implants may feel firm or hard and sit a bit higher than you might have anticipated. In time, they will begin to settle and eventually will be situated in a more desirable position on the chest. Be sure to wear any surgical bras or other support garments for the length of time that you are prescribed to do so by your surgeon. These are an important tool in the recovery process. It may take up to six weeks before you become adjusted to the look and feel of your implants.

Other tips

For many Long Island women, breast augmentation is life-changing surgery. It is possible to experience a successful recovery, especially if you are able to get a good amount of rest and select caregivers who can assist you after surgery. Remember that you will be unable to participate in most of your normal activities for a few days or even weeks following the procedure as your body heals. If you have children to care for, it is important to have child care providers scheduled in advance. Also, it is a good idea to have someone available to run errands and prep meals.

Patients who are healthy going into surgery, who are able to rest well, and can maintain a well-balanced diet afterward typically enjoy a smooth recovery period. It also helps to have a positive attitude about the procedure and maintain realistic expectations for the outcome of their breast augmentation. To learn more about breast augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation with the board-certified plastic surgeons at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.