5 Tips for Recovery from Breast Augmentation & Tummy Tuck

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1-Move!  

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Early ambulation and movement is vital in healthy recovery from surgery. It can help prevent some of the surgical risks post-operative which include DVT (deep vein thrombosis/blood clot) as well as decrease the side effects of surgery itself -such as swelling and discomfort. Staying sedentary after surgery increased the risks and discomfort from surgery.  

2-Utilize a heating pad.

Muscles will tense after these two procedures which can contribute to a pain response in the body. Using a heating pad for the upper or lower back (NOT over or around the incision sites) can help relax the back muscles and therefore decrease any tightness associated with the procedure.  Pain medication will also help take away most of the discomfort.  

3-Eat foods rich in fiber.

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Going under anesthesia and then taking narcotic pain medication during recovery can slow down the bowel function which in return can make the individual constipated and uncomfortable during the recovery period at home.  By eating foods rich in fiber this can stimulate the bowels to return to normal function. It is also not uncommon for an individual to add an over the counter medication to assist in alleviating the bloating/constipation.

4-Recovery takes time!  

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Do not measure yourself, try on new clothes or bras immediately after surgery. You will be swollen and/or your breasts will be high on chest wall.  In regards to breast augmentation the implants can take up to 3 months to settle into place on the chest wall. Also, for tummy tuck you will be swollen and it can take up to 3 months to see the final results from this procedure as well. Typical time off from work-for breast augmentation is around 1 week and for tummy tuck anywhere from 1-2 weeks.  

5-Reclincer city!  

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During a tummy tuck the abdominal wall is tightened with sutures. Because of this-you will walk bent over for around 1 week post-surgery. Many individuals find it hard to sleep in a bed for ergonomic reasons and therefore find a recliner much easier to get in and out of for sleeping purposes.  If you do not own a recliner a couch or bed with pillows propped up behind you will also work well.  Breast augmentation patients find the recliner sleeping arrangement works well for them also. In the first week of recovery from a breast augmentation you may feel difficulty taking a deep breath and lying flat on your back increases that feeling. The recliner assists in obtaining adequate comfort and rest to promote healing.

If you have any questions regarding either breast augmentation or tummy tuck surgery please call the offices of Dr. Goldman.

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