Summary: If you’re embarrassed by or uncomfortable with the appearance of your breasts, breast augmentation can be a wonderful way to get the curves you’ve always wanted and the self-confidence to go with it. However, breast augmentation requires surgery, and the recovery and healing process is something to consider before your procedure day. Follow these five simple tips to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery after breast augmentation.

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1. Slowly Ease Back into Normal Activities

Even if your normal routine involves being constantly on-the-go, you must accept that you’ll have to take a break from your regular activities for awhile after breast augmentation. Following your procedure, you’ll need to rest and relax as much as possible and avoid any kind of strenuous activity or lifting. Although it may be difficult to alter your normal lifestyle, remember that pushing yourself too soon or too fast can put you at risk and compromise the integrity of your results. Follow your cosmetic surgeon’s post-operative instructions to promote a faster recovery and get the best results.

2. Have a Support System in Place

Consider your breast augmentation to be a team sport. Friends or family can provide both physical and emotional support following your surgery to help you achieve your final goal. As far as physical tasks go, have a plan in place for people to help you with household duties, running errands and caring for pets or children.

On the emotional front, some women are surprised by the emotional strain that can occur after breast augmentation. You may experience feelings of depression over the process of healing and having to wait for results to be seen. For some women, being forced to take downtime can take its toll and cause anxiety. Lean on your support system and talk to friends and family about your emotions during recovery.

3. Prepare a Recovery Room

Planning ahead doesn’t just apply to your schedule and responsibilities but also relates to your environment. Make sure your home is conducive to rest and relaxation so that your healing time can be as comfortable as possible. Coming home from your breast augmentation to a tidy, tranquil space and a bed with fresh, clean sheets may sound trivial but it can help you relax and commit to the downtime you’ll need to heal. Set aside magazines, books and movies to keep you entertained and make sure that your kitchen is stocked with the essentials you’ll need in the days following surgery.

4. Be Patient with the Healing Process

One of the most difficult things to do after breast augmentation is to be patient through the recovery process and wait for the final results to be seen. Getting breast implants can be an exciting experience, but it’s important to understand that it will take a few months for swelling to dissipate, implants to settle into the breast pocket and scarring to fade. Remember that recovering is a process and does not happen overnight. Focus on following your cosmetic surgeon’s post-op instructions and adhering to his or her timeline on returning to normal activities such as working or exercising.

5. Eat Healthy Foods to Promote Faster Healing

A healthy body heals faster. Strength and nourishment can help lead you towards an optimal recovery, so adopt a nutritious, balanced diet to give your body the nutrients it needs. Limit inflammatory foods, avoid foods that are high in salt and drink plenty of water to help flush away extra fluids and reduce swelling. Focusing on a diet that’s packed with protein, whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables can help expedite healing and keep you feeling good.