Breast Implants 101: What you Need to Know

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in New Jersey and across the country, with over 300,000 breast augmentations performed in a single year, along with over 105,000 breast lifts. If you are considering breast augmentation and want to prepare for your procedure and recovery, here are some key tips to keep in mind.

In general, our Red Bank breast augmentation patients can return to work within one week. At the same time, your recovery process needs care and attention in order to receive the best results. At Rowe Plastic Surgery, your board-certified plastic surgeon will give you detailed instructions to support your recovery after breast augmentation. The most important thing you can do is to adhere to your surgeon’s instructions for beautiful, natural healing.

Here are some more things you can do to prepare for your breast augmentation so that you can get ready to heal and achieve your aesthetic goals.

Get your family and friends ready

When you proceed with breast augmentation surgery, you need to plan for at least one trusted adult to help you on the day of your surgery and for the following 24 hours. Whether you are working with a friend, family member, or another type of support person, this person will drive you to and from your surgery, help you to move comfortably, and manage key tasks in the first 24 to 48 hours, especially as you recover from anesthesia. You may rely on a family member or a partner, but you could also hire a nurse or other professional support for assistance with this process.

If you are a mother, please keep childcare in mind. You will need full-time help with the kids for the first few days and ongoing help for at least a week to come, especially if you have small children. As you recover from breast augmentation, you will initially need to refrain from lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds – like your children. Instead, stick to snuggling on the couch or the bed as you recover. Of course, if your children are older, this is less of a concern, but extra help is essential when toddlers are involved.

The same is true for pet care. Of course, you can pet and lay with your animals, but avoid heavier tasks or picking up your pets during the recovery period in order to protect your healing process.

Get your home ready

You can also get your home prepared for the breast augmentation process. As you recover, you will need to sleep on your back and keep your head and shoulders elevated — so prepare your pillows or recliner in advance, before you come home from surgery. Keep a light switch near your bed or recliner and ensure you have a clear path for easy movement in and out of your recovery space.

You may also want to cook and freeze nutritious, tasty meals before your surgery, or ask for help from your friend, family member, or another support person. With meals already prepared, you will have less to worry about as you recover.

It’s also good to remember that you should not lift or strain for a few weeks after your procedure, so get your toiletries, skincare, kitchen items, books, and electronics in easy reach. Bring out your button-up shirts and soft, supportive bras to prepare for your return to work. Your New Jersey plastic surgeon can give you further advice on choosing bras for recovery after breast augmentation.

Breast augmentation can be a rewarding procedure that helps you achieve your vision of your best self, and preparation can ease your recovery. To schedule a consultation about breast augmentation in New Jersey, contact our convenient Red Bank office at 732-639-5661 or use our secure online form.

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