Monday, January 8, 2018

Road To Recovery: Postoperative Care For Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation procedure is considered a major surgery; therefore, it requires extensive postoperative care for weeks after the operation.

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The first thing to remember is to make sure that the support garment (gauze dressings and elastic bandage or support bra) is worn at all times or as instructed by the attending surgeon. The only time that it can be removed is when the incision sites are cleansed or when ointment needs to be applied. However, plastic surgeons may vary in their directions, so it is important for patients to listen to them carefully.

Then for at least six weeks, patients should take it easy and not perform strenuous tasks, such as household chores or doing heavy lifting – not even their children. Also, if they are still on pain medication, they are better off not driving yet.

Just like in any other surgeries, patients should get enough rest, sleep, and sustenance as they recover after the procedure. This means that they have to sleep in a comfortable bed with plenty of pillows available so they can prop themselves up at a relaxed angle.

And for the first few days, the patient may not have that much of an appetite, so light, healthy food should be prepared and kept ready. It is also important to drink lots of water as it is easy to become dehydrated during the recovery period.

Dr. Alton Ingram, a plastic surgeon currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, is a renowned expert in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and Tennessee Medical Association. Follow this Twitter page for more discussions on the industry.