So, you’ve decided on the perfect size, shape, and type of implant that will make your breasts look amazing and finally give you the body you’ve always wanted. Now that the decision-making process is out of the way and you’ve had your surgery, it’s time for the hard part – recovering.
Recovery after a breast augmentation is not going to be a difficult process – all you really have to do is sit back and take it easy for a few weeks before returning to doing all the things you love. However, Dr. Jonov understands that this is easier said than done. With all the demands of family, work, and social events, letting the foot off the gas can be a challenge for women who are used to being constantly on the go, but taking a back seat and allowing your body the time and a stress-free environment to heal may be the most critical aspect of a successful breast augmentation.
Besides lots of R&R, Dr. Jonov will provide you with detailed guidelines that will give you the absolute best chance at fully healing as quickly as possible. During the first week following surgery, you may experience some pain and discomfort as your body begins the healing process. This can be alleviated with pain medications that are prescribed prior to the procedure. Within a week, the pain usually subsides, although there will still be some soreness and swelling for a few weeks after. Depending on your situation, you may need to clean the incision sites and apply ointment at certain times. A support garment should be worn as directed by Dr. Jonov, and a massage routine may be recommended depending on the type and placement of your implants.
Since you’ll have some downtime while you recover after augmentation surgery, it’s a good idea to get everything you’ll need ready before the procedure. You don’t want to be left scrambling at the last minute, which can add unnecessary stress to an already stressful situation. Fill your pain prescription and line up a family member or friend to watch the kids, walk the dogs, and take care of any other tasks around the house. Even little things that you might usually take for granted can have potentially negative effects, like ripping your sutures, which can put you right back in the hospital and prolong your recovery time even further. Having a few good books to read or a couple of shows you’ve been meaning to catch up on is a great way to pass the time.
You’ll have one or more follow-up appointments with Dr. Jonov to ensure proper healing and to monitor your progress. He will examine your incisions, remove sutures, and address any concerns you may have. It can take weeks or even months for your new breast implants to settle, so it’s imperative that you keep up with your maintenance routine, follow doctor’s orders, and rest, rest, rest.
If you’d like to learn more about breast augmentation surgery in Seattle, please contact us to schedule your personal consultation today. Dr. Jonov and his dedicated team are here to help with any questions or concerns about the cosmetic procedures offered here at Seattle Plastic Surgery Center.