One of the biggest curiosities for people considering breast surgery is the recovery period. How painful is it going to be? Will I be incapacitated? Will it take months before I can return to work? These are just some of the questions that you may have.
For this reason, if you’re considering breast surgery, you need to sit down for a consultation with a skilled plastic surgeon. Only a skilled professional can give you all the answers pertaining to the surgery and the recovery process while completely easing your worries about the procedure.
While each person heals differently from any kind of surgery, here’s what you can generally expect during recovery after breast surgery.
What Can I Expect After Having Breast Surgery?
Breast surgery only takes a few hours, but how you take care of yourself during the recovery phase can help you prevent complications and ultimately achieve the results you want.
During the first 24 hours after breast surgery, you need to have a support system. First, you will need to have someone drive you home from the surgery and to help you get situated and comfortable once you’re home.
Your activity should be limited, as you need to heal. Follow your surgeon’s advice during recovery, which will likely include getting plenty of rest, taking your pain-relief prescription, and icing the area to prevent swelling. You will be provided comprehensive recovery instructions – follow every detail for best results!
In the first week of breast surgery recovery, it’s normal to see some bruising and feel some pain. Just take it easy, and ask your doctor about anything that might be questionable.
Be very gentle with your movements and actions to encourage the proper healing of your incision. You could easily damage your wounds if you pull or stretch the area.
Prepare to have varying degrees of limited mobility during the entire healing phase. Plan ahead for easy-to-prepare meals and entertainment options. Reading, writing, and watching TV and videos will be your best options.
In the second week after breast surgery, you will likely see your surgeon for a follow-up visit. Your plastic surgeon will check to make sure that everything is healing normally and that there are no infections developing.
The doctor will tell you when it’s okay to return to work. However, your wounds are still healing, so continue with proper wound care, and be careful not to pull or stretch the area.
After three weeks, the bruising and swelling will have subsided. However, your body is still in the recovery phase, so chores and exercise are still likely a no-go at this time.
Breast Surgery in New Jersey
If you are wondering about the recovery process after breast surgery of any kind, our compassionate and gentle plastic surgery team at Iorio Plastic Surgery will explain the entire process from pre-surgery to recovery.
Your successful recovery is important to us, which is why we provide everything you will need during the process and make it safe and comfortable. Talk to us about your concerns at any time. Dr. Iorio and his compassionate team are always available to address your concerns.