Considering breast enlargement surgery? There are many reasons why women choose to undergo cosmetic surgery for breast augmentation, more commonly known as breast enlargement. From being unhappy with the shape of their bodies to wanting to rejuvenate a post-pregnancy body, the decision to opt for surgery isn’t always an easy one.
Of course, choosing to have any type of surgical procedure should never be a snap decision. It almost goes without saying that cosmetic surgery is a big step, and therefore it is vital that you are fully informed about the procedure, recovery, and any potential complications before making a final decision.
Get in Shape before Surgery
It is always important to eat well, keep active and try to stay in shape, but did you know that being healthy can actually help you to recover more quickly after surgery? Having at least a moderate level of fitness can really cut down on recovery time following your procedure, as your body is in a much better position to be able to help you heal and recover naturally.
What are the best ways to get in shape?
If you don’t already lead a healthy lifestyle, there are a few simple changes to your daily routine that you can make to ensure you give your body the best possible chance of a quick post-surgery recovery. This information probably won’t be new to you, but it is always worth reiterating just in case.
- Healthy eating. Eating well by choosing a balanced diet and sensible portion sizes is the first step towards losing weight and working towards a healthier lifestyle. Not only will you be healthier, but you should also feel much better too.
- Do more exercise. Exercise is a must – it strengthens our bodies, keeps us in shape, and ensures that we stay healthy. Whether it is going jogging, heading out to the gym or signing up for a yoga class, getting in shape is a surefire way to aid the recovery process.
- Cut down on screen time and spend more time outdoors. This may not seem like such an obvious one, especially in relation to breast surgery, but spending endless hours in front of a computer screen, mobile phone or TV is never a good thing. It can damage your eyes, disrupt your sleep, and cause further issues like headaches and back pain related to poor posture. If you find yourself slipping into bad habits with poor posture post-surgery, it can put unnecessary pressure on your body and cause pain – which, of course, is something you will want to avoid. So instead of powering up your computer, head off for a walk or spend some time outside in your garden. If you get into good habits before your procedure, it will then be much easier to continue with them afterwards.
The standard recovery time for breast augmentation is a few weeks, although this can vary according to the individual person’s specific circumstances. Your doctor or healthcare professional should talk you through the recovery process as part of your consultation, but as a general rule you should expect:
- To take 1-2 weeks off work.
- Not to be able to drive for at least one week.
- To wear a surgical support or sports bra for up to 3 months post-surgery.
- Possibly to require a follow-up appointment or stitch removal.
Of course, as with any surgical procedure, you will probably experience some pain or discomfort following the process. Painkillers will probably be prescribed, but there are also some gentle exercises that you can try to relieve pain and aid the recovery process. However, it is important to remember that strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least a month after surgery.
Which forms of exercise are best to help with recovery?
When you’re getting back into fitness after the procedure, it is best to start with the basics and gradually work up to your previous level of exercise over time. Always pay attention to your body – cosmetic surgery is just as invasive as other types of surgery, so it should be treated accordingly. If you start experiencing warning signs like additional pain or inflammation, you should stop exercising and contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Low-impact cardiovascular exercise is a good place to start. Something as simple as walking or gentle cycling will help to oxygenate muscles and reduce inflammation. You could also try some basic shoulder exercises, moving the joint slowly through its full range of motion, to restore flexibility, reduce pain and promote healing.
If you are already in good shape, it should be much easier for your body to heal following the procedure. Although it will depend on your individual case, as a general rule, the recovery time should be quicker, and you should find it easier to get back up to full strength.
Considering the Psychological Impact
When thinking about breast enlargement surgery, it is also important to take the psychological impact of the procedure into consideration. Surgery is always a big change and a major decision, but many people often overlook the possible psychological repercussions of the process. However, since mental health is as important as physical health, it is essential to focus on all aspects of post-surgery recovery and the potential impact the procedure could have.
Many women choose to have breast implants because they feel self-conscious about their breast size. Breast enlargement can help to boost self-confidence, increase self-esteem, and help women to feel happier in their own skin. Although body confidence is always a positive thing, it is important to set your expectations at a reasonable level before committing to surgery.
If you are considering breast augmentation, it is always a good idea to have a thorough discussion with a medical professional before committing to the procedure. At The McIndoe Centre, a full consultation is recommended prior to any surgery, allowing all the available options to be discussed with you beforehand.
Although it will take time to fully recover from a breast enlargement procedure, health and fitness are essential methods of aiding the recovery process along.