One of the biggest concerns you may have about undergoing breast surgery is how your body will react after breast augmentation and how you will be able to cope. Knowing what to expect will put you in a better position to deal with the situation. It will also help you know how to prepare in advance.
Immediately after surgery
When you wake up after the surgery, expect to feel groggy. You will be left in recovery for a few hours until the anesthesia wears off. Having something to eat and drink will help to make you feel better. In some cases, you may have to spend the night at the hospital. Organize to have someone come pick you up after the surgery, since you will not be in a position to drive yourself during the post breast enhancement period.
You may also experience nausea and vomiting due to the anesthesia used. When this happens, request to be given strong anti-nausea medication to eliminate vomiting.
When you go home
Since your chest muscles will still be sore, you might find it difficult to perform a variety of activities. This includes
- Opening sliding doors
- Carrying heavy weights
- Carrying children
- Twisting open bottles and cans
- Opening and closing car doors
- Washing and styling your hair
- Bending forward
- Putting on clothes over your head
A few days after you get home
You will experience pain after breast augmentation surgery. This includes back pain and pain in your chest area and in your abdomen. However, you will get pain medication after breast enlargement procedure, so this will help you get over this period. The pain might seem worse at night. You may also get some constipation as a result of the medication that you are taking.
Take it easy and relax until you fully recover. It will just be a matter of time before you are back to your old self again. Due to the level of discomfort experienced, it is a good idea to plan to take some time off work. This will generally depend on the type of work you do and how your body responds to treatment. Some people may go back to work a few days after having the implants (this is normally against their doctor’s advice, while other people will take a few weeks off work.
Some of the danger signs you should be on the lookout for includes
- Bleeding within the first 24 hours after surgery. If you notice this, go back immediately to hospital.
- If there is any sign of infection in the area where the incisions were made, seek medical attention before the infection gets worse.
Some of the things that will affect the level of discomfort that you feel after breast augmentation includes
- Whether you have had children yet or not. Most women who have had children tend to have a higher tolerance for pain, so they are much more willing to withstand quite a bit of discomfort after breast augmentation
- The size of your implant matters. Larger implants will result in more discomfort during the recovery period.