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Recovering From Breast Augmentation

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Aside from the obvious “perks,” one of the reasons breast augmentation is so popular with our Bloomington and Champaign-area patients is that it offers a pretty quick recovery. Many of our patients also appreciate that they can combine the surgery with other Mommy Makeover procedures so they have only one recovery period. Whether you choose a breast augmentation or a full-scale Mommy Makeover, our goal at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is to help you recover quickly so you can get back to your busy life as soon as possible.

In this blog post, I’ll offer some helpful tips for your recovery process.

Bras: To Wear or Not to Wear? That Is the Question!

On the day of your surgery you will return home in a comfy sports bra or wireless bra, pexels-photo-136409compliments of Dr. G.D. Castillo. Unless otherwise instructed, you will wear this bra continuously for the first three days after surgery. Then you can go without a bra or use a wireless or sports bra of your choice until Dr. Castillo gives you the green light to begin wearing underwire bras (which, by the way, you will no longer need!! Whoo hoo!).

NOTE: Because your body has to “make room” for the implants, the implants often sit higher than you expect for a few weeks until they are able settle properly in the pockets. You can help this along by going without a bra. That’s right! You just got a free pass to go without a bra! You can even claim “doctor’s orders!” Oh the perks!

Move It, Move It!

pexels-photoIf you are a movie buff, you may remember the scene from Madagascar where the animals are all dancing and moving their arms to the song I Like To Move It. Well, that type of movement is a little too vigorous for your first few days after surgery, but we don’t want you to baby those muscles. You can really speed up your recovery and eliminate soreness much more quickly by gently moving your arms around to keep those chest muscles from getting tighter. Just remember not to raise your hands above your head for the first week.

 

What to Wear, What to Wear?

Buttons and zippers are your new BFFs, at least for the first week. I recommend arriving to surgery in a loose button-up or zip-up top. It doesn’t feel good to try to pull a tight top over your head after surgery. You should avoid wearing pullover tops for about the first week. By the time you are released to raise your arms above the level of your head (6 days), you shouldn’t have any more wardrobe issues, except that your old tops may fit a bit tighter these days.

Massage

Six days after your surgery, you will return to our office for your first post-op visit. You will receive instructions on how to massage your breasts to improve recovery. Your breasts are going to be a little tender at first, but don’t give up. Massage is the key to maintaining free-moving, perky, and natural-looking breasts.

Exercise

If you exercise conscious, I realize this topic is an important one. Who wants to loose ground at the gym when they have this great new shape to show off? Exercise can also really boost your physical and mental state. We want to get you back to the gym as soon as your body is ready, but your pectoral muscles need a little healing time first.

You can expect to ease back into your workouts with a schedule that looks something like this:

  • Week 1: You will be asked to restrict exercise to light activity such as walking and moving your arms as described above.
  • Week 2: You are typically released to go back to the gym and engage in most activities at 50% of your normal level. You should refrain from running and jogging, and you should avoid pectoral exercises and any weight lifting that involves the pectoral muscles.
  • Week 3: Typically all restrictions will be lifted three weeks after surgery. That being said, it may not feel great when you first start running or jogging again. I suggest doubling up and wearing two sports bras for the first several weeks. This doubling-up method gives you the extra support you need, and it prevents excessive breast movement.

Once you’re fully recovered, it’s time for a little fun! I hope you enjoy all the perks of your new shape!

If you want to see our breast augmentation patients’ results, browse through our before-and-after photos. You can learn more about breast augmentation in the Champaign and Bloomington area by contacting us online or calling our office in Savoy at (217) 359-7508 or in Bloomington (309) 662-0436.

Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY    https://www.cosmeticplasticsurgery.com

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