If you are preparing for any surgery, you’re likely feeling nervous in the days leading up to the procedure. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce anxiety. Anyone pursuing breast augmentation with Dr. Lorraine Golosow should follow her pre-procedure directions, making sure they can receive a ride home and pursue aftercare with someone they trust so they can recover quickly. These are some of the things Dr. Golosow may have you look over in order to prepare yourself for breast augmentation surgery.
On the date of your breast augmentation surgery, you will need someone to transport you to and from our office. Either this person or someone else you trust should be willing to be with you as often as you need during the first 24 hours of your recovery. Since the procedure uses general anesthesia that will leave you fatigued and drowsy hours after you leave, you will definitely need the assistance. The importance of this caretaker means you should plan things out with the relevant parties several days ahead of the procedure.
Think about whatever you will need or want after your breast augmentation surgery to make you feel as comfortable as possible during recovery. Here are a few suggestions.
- Make your bed with clean bedding.
- Keep your favorite entertainment options nearby so you can read, listen, or watch from the comfort of bed.
- Go grocery shopping and maybe even prepare some meals ahead of time.
- Since you won’t be able to raise your arms above your head, arrange important things in your home so this won’t be a problem.
- Refill your prescriptions ahead of time.
- Pick out comfortable clothes for the days after surgery. Items like sweatpants, robes, and anything else designed for comfort and ease should be your priority.
- Settle household chores ahead of time. Your priority after surgery should be on recovery, so either do your various chores before the procedure or have others handle them for you.
While each of these things may seem trivial, every little thing that you can have taken care of adds up to a quicker and easier post-op recovery.
The average patient needs anywhere from three to seven days to fully recover from breast augmentation. This means that you should request the appropriate time away from work or school. It also means that you need to modify any childcare arrangements you have.
Once Dr. Golosow determines that you are safe to return to non-strenuous activity, you must stick to whatever recovery instructions you were given. It will take a few weeks before your body will be strong enough to return to activities like a high-impact exercise routine.
It is normal for your breasts to appear high-up for as much as three months after the procedure but this is normal; all implants eventually settle into their proper place.
It is worth noting that where you had your implants placed within your body is a major factor in the timeline of your recovery process. Breast implants that are installed below the pectoral muscle take a longer time to heal than ones that were simply placed below the breast tissue.
Not everyone responds the same way to invasive surgeries, which is why it’s important to talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon about the options you have to achieve the look you desire. Dr. Lorraine Golosow is here to listen to your concerns and provide an honest assessment in your first consultation. Schedule your consultation today to find out what our team can do for you.