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Get Bikini Ready with Breast Augmentation Surgery

January 25, 2012

by Christine G. Adamo

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Yes, breast augmentation can help you get a rockin’ bikini body!

But, if you and your breasts want to spend Spring Break on a cruise to Cancun or make the most of Memorial Day weekend, you’ve got to plan ahead. After all, healing is a critical part of breast implant surgery.

This issue is so important we’re willing to send out a blaring S.O.S. Don’t miss the boat – literally or figuratively – by not recovering fully before hitting the beach or high seas. Read on for a list of things to consider before booking your post-augmentation trip.

Planning Your Post-Op Vacation

If you’re like most people, you probably can’t wait to spend a day at the beach or other balmy destination. But, before shouting “Viva, la Margarita!” check with your plastic surgeon. Make sure your vacation plans are both safe and practical.

Patty, a senior member of ImplantInfo.com's breast augmentation discussion board, says: “I remember waiting four months”. Before submerging her breasts in questionable waters, she asked her doctor to check her incisions. She got the OK to move past wading without splashing at three months. She added a month and then took the plunge.

If you’re planning a post-augmentation trip, ask your doctor if it’s safe to:
  • Take a Romantic Bath
  • Get in a Hot Tub or Jacuzzi
  • Go Swimming in a Pool, Lake or Ocean
  • Go Para-sailing, Hang Gliding – or Bar Hopping, for that matter!

Initial Recovery from Breast Augmentation Surgery

You’ve invested time and money in breast augmentation surgery. Your breasts never looked or felt better and your self-confidence is probably soaring. And, it should be!

Breast augmentation has given you a body that’s more:
  • Proportionate
  • Feminine
  • Youthful
  • & Sexy
Yet, patients report full recovery times of anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

Your doctor can estimate a recovery time based on your overall health, medical history, etc. Remember, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure. We can’t tell you how much time your body will need, but we do know that your breasts and incisions need time to heal.

One way to gauge how long it may take is by turning to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which has identified these initial stages of recovery:
  • 24 to 48 Hrs. – Pain is at its worst, but is manageable with medication
  • 3 to 7 Days – Your activity level is noticeably reduced for several days
  • 1 to 3 Weeks – You’re more active and may even exercise, but feel sore
The first few days may be the hardest. You’ll not only be recovering from surgery; you’ll be recovering from anesthesia, too. You simply won’t feel like yourself. Think of it as a hangover you can’t easily shake off.

The ASPS points out that over 80% of patients typically resume everyday activities by Day 3. But bending, stretching and reaching won’t be easy. You’ll cope, but not without soreness and/or swelling.

Women who’ve undergone breast augmentation surgery often say they have trouble dealing with tenderness and pain along their incisions. This is common. Your doctor can give you tips for dealing with those side effects.

Things you should have on hand PRIOR to surgery include:
  • Post-op instructions for getting the best possible results
  • Similarly, post-op tips related to reducing your risk of infection
  • Prescriptions* for oral medications that minimize pain & swelling
  • Prescriptions* for topical medications to apply at incision points
  • A pre-scheduled, follow-up appointment with your doctor
* Do yourself a favor and get prescriptions filled ahead of time

In the Weeks After Breast Augmentation Surgery

With your surgery complete and your body in recovery, everything will seem fine. And, it probably is. Yet, some women report thinking they were back to their “normal” selves only to experience sudden bouts of pain. That’s “normal”, too.

What’s abnormal is anything that causes:
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Irregular Heart Beat
  • Chest Pains
If you have these symptoms, contact your doctor’s office immediately.
After breast augmentation surgery, some pain and discomfort should be expected. But, you can encourage healing as you get bikini (and vacation) ready.
Things you can do include:
  • Taking it Easy
  • Understanding Your Pain
  • Resisting the Urge to Scratch
  • Keeping Your New Breasts Compressed
  • Using Cold Packs & Pain Medication (as prescribed)
Taking it Easy – Webster’s dictionary calls recovery a period in which you “grow well again”. So, take it easy for up to 6 or 8 weeks. Don’t do chores, tasks or activities your body isn’t ready for. Don’t subject stitches and incisions to motion, force or abrasion.

Understanding Your Pain – It helps to understand what you’re going through. Breast implant size and placement both affect your level and intensity of pain. The larger your breast implants, the more recovery time you’ll need. With under the muscle placement, muscles need time to stretch and adjust.

Resist the Urge to Scratch – Itching along stitches and at incision points is to be expected. Resist the urge to scratch and give stitches time to do their job. If itchiness is severe, an infection may be setting in. Call your doctor’s office immediately.

Keep Your New Breasts Compressed – It can take two or more months for post-op breasts to fully heal. Compression garments speed healing and keep breast implants in place during recovery. Wear them proudly and avoid underwire bras altogether.

Use Cold Packs & Pain Medication (as prescribed) – Swelling, bruising and tenderness are common. So are drainage, reduced sensitivity and numbness. Use cold packs to reduce swelling. Sleeping with your upper body elevated can also help. Take pain medications, as prescribed.

Bon Voyage!

Even before augmentation, protect your body. Find a plastic surgeon who freely shares breast augmentation before and after photos with you. Ask questions about surgery, breast augmentation cost and recovery. Afterward, take time to properly heal. You’ll not only look and feel better – you’ll enjoy your vacation even more.

Before booking your trip, ask your doctor for even more great tips. Then? Have a rockin’ good time!

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