Summary: As with any surgical procedure, you should expect to take it easy for several days after your breast augmentation to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery. By doing a little planning in advance, though, your rest and recoup time can be stress-free and even relaxing. Follow these five simple tips to prepare for the most comfortable at-home recovery possible.
1. Arrange for Some Help Ahead of Time
Don’t feel the need to be superwoman the minute you get home from your procedure. Make sure you arrange for some extra help from another responsible adult ahead of time so that you don’t have to worry about things like who will do the laundry, grocery shopping, childcare or pet care. Remember that you should avoid any heavy lifting during the first stage of recovery, so don’t try to do too much too soon. Let others help you so that your body can rest and recover as efficiently as possible.
2. Preplan Meals
It can be a great idea to do a little meal planning in advance so you can have a freezer or fridge stocked with plenty of healthy, nourishing foods ready to heat and eat. Whip up a batch or two of your favorite comfort foods, then simply divide them up into appropriate portions and store in Tupperware containers ready for the freezer.
That way, you won’t feel like you have to live off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches until you’re feeling up to cooking again, and your body will get the healthy, hearty food it needs.
Remember to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs for a smooth, safe recovery.
3. Shop for Comfy Bras
Although your cosmetic surgeon will most likely send you home with a medical bra, you’ll probably want to have a couple of options for the remainder of your recovery. Keep in mind that your breasts may be tender or swollen at first, so choose something soft, comfy and large enough that it won’t add any unnecessary pressure. It’s also a good idea to steer clear of underwire or push-up bras. Sports bras can be perfect for this in-between period.
Once you’ve fully recovered and your breasts have “dropped and fluffed,” it’s likely that you’ll need to go bra shopping again to find the right size to fit your new shape, so don’t buy too many bras all at once. Giving yourself a few different options to come home to, though, can help you to feel more comfortable until you’re ready to move on to your more permanent size and style of bras and other clothing.
4. Prepare a Relaxing Recovery Zone
Wherever you plan to spend the majority of your rest and relaxation after your breast augmentation, take a little time to prepare that space. If it’s your bedroom, do a little cleaning, get rid of piles of laundry, buy a few extra fluffy pillows and equip your nightstand with everything from the TV remote to lip balm. That way, you’ll know that you have a clean, comfortable area waiting for you as soon as you get home.
5. Netflix and Chill
Lastly, remember that it’s absolutely okay to kick up your feet and binge-watch your favorite Netflix show or TV marathon and simply relax. Give your body the time it needs to recuperate so that you can enjoy a smooth, seamless recovery and the beautiful breast augmentation results you want.