Introduction Breast enhancement procedures are commonly performed nowadays as women from all over the world are resorting to plastic surgery to get the breasts of their dreams. With the help of plastic surgery, we can correct breasts that are too large, too small or too saggy. However, the most commonly performed procedure is breast augmentation with implants. When this procedure is performed, the plastic surgeon will use silicone or saline solution implants that are inserted into the breasts to add more volume. The procedure entails incisions localized around the areola, in the inframammary fold, or on the axilla. The recovery period is short, of no longer than two weeks; however, patients are required to wait until the final results transpire as this could take six to nine months after surgery. In this article we will discuss five tips from the plastic surgeon after your breast enhancement procedure. Tip number 1: Drink enough water You probably expected the first tip to be something breast-related, but it is not, at least not directly. The first tip is about keeping a proper level of hydration after the surgery. This is essential for the wellbeing of the patient, as it will help get rid of the side effects of the general anesthesia. Nausea, dizziness, and even irritability are side effects that can occur whenever general anesthetic is used. This can make the beginning of the recovery period rather uncomfortable for the patient, so to eliminate these as soon as possible, the recommendation is to drink enough water. After a procedure so complex as breast enhancement surgery, some patients might refuse any drink or meals as they don’t feel comfortable. However, the recommendation is to resume eating and drinking as soon as possible so your metabolism can start functioning at optimal parameters immediately after the surgery. Water and herbal infusions should be consumed while other liquids such as coffee, caffeinated and carbonated beverages should be avoided for a minimum of a few days post-op. Clear soup is a good option for the first meal as this will also help keep you hydrated. Drinking enough water after the surgery will also be good for your skin, helping you avoid skin dryness that will be very uncomfortable, especially on the operated areas. Tip number 2: Don’t stretch or lift your arms Even something as simple as stretching your arms to reach that upper shelf in the pantry or to get the door car to close it is to be avoided after undergoing a breast enhancement procedure. If your procedure was performed by a talented, experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, he will make sure to tell you not to stretch your arms for about two to three weeks after the procedure and also to avoid lifting anything with your arms. This means that you should even avoid lifting your toddlers in your arms in the first few weeks after the procedure. This tip will help you avoid opening of the incisions due to the excessive pressure put on them. Lifting heavy objects can cause pain, wound opening and also the shifting of the implants, especially if the implants are positioned in a pocket under the pectoral muscle. Keep in mind that the pectoral muscle is involved in most movements of the upper part of the body, so avoid them to make sure you are not confronted with unnecessary pain and discomfort. Moreover, stretching and lifting heavy objects can have a negative influence on the appearance of the scars. Even if the incisions do not open, stretching them can create larger scars than necessary. To avoid all physically demanding activities, it will be better if you could ask a friend or family member to help you with the chores around the house, at least for a few days after your procedure. Tip number 3: Massage the breasts The appearance of your breasts in the first stages of the recovery period after the procedure is very different from what the final appearance of the breasts will be. However, in the months following the procedure, the patient should do certain things to ensure the healing process goes smoothly and certain complications are avoided. One tip from the plastic surgeon is to massage the breasts after surgery. Massaging the breasts will help the implants descend and settle in their pockets faster and will also help you reduce the risk of developing capsular contracture. Capsular contracture is a complication associated with the use of external prostheses that forms a thick, hard fibrous capsule around the implant. This is the body’s natural reaction to a foreign object being inserted inside it, and it is not a concern until this capsule harness and triggers pain in the breasts or a deformation of the appearance of the breasts. Studies show that massaging the breasts after the surgery can reduce the risk of developing capsular contracture. While massaging the breast is important, make sure to wait for the plastic surgeon’s instructions before starting the massages. Also, it is important not to use creams or gels not recommended by the plastic surgeon when performing the massages. The proper massage technique to be used will be demonstrated by the plastic surgeon or the medical staff at the clinic. Tip number 4: Wear the post-op bra An experienced plastic surgeon will never forget to mention the importance of wearing the special post-op bra after a breast enhancement procedure. However, we need to emphasize this even more as it can help you have a smoother and shorter recovery period and also refine the results. The special post-op bra is recommended because your new breasts need support and compression. Compression will reduce the post-op swelling that naturally occurs after any type of surgery while your new, bigger breasts will need more support than before. The plastic surgeon might also advise you to get a good sports bra instead of the special post-op bra. It is important to know that this bra should be worn for a minimum of three to four weeks post-op non-stop and for another month or two but only during the day. Also, it is essential for the patient to understand that to be able to sustain the beautiful results, it is mandatory to wear a good supportive bra every day and a good quality sports bra when engaging in physically demanding activities. Otherwise, the breasts might start sagging due to the stretching of the ligaments and the pressure exercised by their volume. Tip number 5: Have a positive attitude The results of breast enhancement surgery are not visible the moment you walk out the surgery room. Your breasts will be bigger and the augmentation will be obvious, but you won’t be ready to do a naked pictorial in Playboy just yet. Like any other surgical procedure, the body needs time to heal. The breasts need to get used to their new volume, the implants need to settle in their pockets, and the incisions need to heal and mature. This takes time. During this time, it will help you tremendously to have a positive attitude and patience. It can take up to nine months and even more to properly assess the results as the cicatrization process is a lengthy one. Expect the initial side effects to disappear within the first two months and the breasts to settle by the six month-mark. Conclusion Breast enhancement is usually performed for aesthetic purposes. The patient wants to get breasts that are more in line with her anatomy, that will make her feel more feminine and sexy. Patients from all over the world resort to breast implant surgery nowadays to get the breasts of their dreams. The procedure takes no longer than one to two hours and can also be combined with other plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, etc., depending on the physical characteristics of the patient and the aesthetic goals she wants to achieve. Keep in mind that breast enhancement is a complex procedure that will be followed by a recovery period of about two weeks with the final results being fully visible six to nine months after the procedure. To ensure you maximize the results, in this article we have discussed five tips from the plastic surgeon.