Breast enhancement surgery is very popular nowadays. The breasts are the symbols of femininity and sex appeal, and many women desire to improve their breasts in order to have the body of their dreams. With the help of plastic surgery, it is now easier than ever to enhance the appearance of the breasts and increase your self-esteem and self-image. The procedures to improve your breasts are now available in every state in the United States and also more affordable than ever due to a multitude of payment options most plastic surgeons offer. This means that technically, any woman who is eligible to undergo the surgery can do it. However, it is also important to keep in mind that breast surgery is not an easy cosmetic procedure. It entails potential risks and complications and the results achieved are dependent on the patient’s ability to follow a strict post-operative protocol. In other words, the success of the breast enhancement procedure is not guaranteed when you leave the operative room but only after the recovery period is over. In order to optimize the results achieved with the help of breast enhancement surgery, it is important to follow a set of instructions after the procedure. These will facilitate convalescence, healing, and avoiding unnecessary complications. Don’t rest on the front side of your body for at least two to three weeks You might be used to sleep on your front; however, this is something to be avoided after breast enhancement surgery. Before anything else, your breasts need to be free of any additional pressure, and sleeping on them can create complications. Even if your breasts are still bandaged and you think it will feel better to rest on your front, it is important to avoid this temptation. The first few days after surgery most patients prefer to spend them in bed, recovering after the procedure. This is a good idea, and your plastic surgeon will recommend you do this. However, make sure to lie on your back or the side and not on the breasts. Not following this post-op recommendation can cause more pain and also other complications such as surgical wounds opening or shifting of the implants. Don’t lift anything heavy Mothers of small children should be particularly careful about this recommendation because it is simple to remember not to lift heavy bags from the floor but can be quite difficult to keep in mind that you shouldn’t lift your toddler in your arms. When intense exercises are performed during the day, the patient might experience a more intense level of pain during the evening or night. Take antibiotics and pain medication Many patients are wondering why the plastic surgeon prescribes antibiotics after a breast enhancement surgery since there is no infection present to be treated with them. In many cases, antibiotics are prescribed after complex plastic surgery with the purpose to prevent an infection that might occur. Treatment with antibiotics is often prescribed for five days, and it is important to follow this post-op protocol if the plastic surgeon recommends it to avoid infections. A potential infection can considerably delay the recovery process and also affect the results of your procedure. Pain medication is prescribed with the purpose to alleviate the discomfort that can be experienced by patients during the first few days after breast enhancement surgery. Depending on your tolerance to pain and the surgical plan preferred for the procedure, the pain can be more or less intense. The plastic surgeon will prescribe the medication according to this. Contact the plastic surgeon if something unusual occurs There is a multitude of side effects to be experienced in the first few days after breast enhancement surgery. The plastic surgeon will mention them to you even from the first meeting, during the pre-operative consultation. Most of the side effects such as swelling, tension in the breasts, bruising and so on are normal and natural and there is nothing to worry about. However, there might be others that can signal an infection or a complication that has occurred. This means that if you are confronted with high fever, pus from the surgical incision, excessive bleeding or intense pain in the breasts, you should contact the plastic surgeon for advice. High fever is often a sign of infection that shouldn’t be neglected. If you notice any of the symptoms of infection, contact your surgeon or doctor immediately as further treatment might be required. Become active as soon as your body allows it It is normal and natural to want to rest in bed for the first few days post-op. However, the recommendation is to take short walks every couple of hours as soon as possible after waking up from the anesthesia. After you return home, make sure to keep on taking short walks as this will help you avoid deep vein thrombosis which is a severe complication that can occur shortly after surgery. After the first few days post-op, the advice is to start gradually become more active around the house. Take longer walks or do activities that don’t involve a great deal of physical effort. This will help with the recovery process. Staying in bed nonstop for two weeks after surgery won’t make you more prepared to resume work and regular activities. If anything, it can even prolong the recovery process. It is important to keep in mind that you are not sick. It is true that you have undergone surgery, but during the first week post-op, most patients start resuming easy activities around the house. The recommendation to get active as soon as your body allows it without pushing it too hard is important because tasks need to be resumed gradually and not all at once. So if you were considering staying in bed for two weeks and then getting off the bed and resuming life as it were before the procedure, you should know that this is not a good idea. Don’t smoke Smoking is bad for your health on many levels, and you are probably aware of this already. However, there is a strong recommendation not to smoke after breast enhancement surgery. Smoking interferes with the healing process because it doesn’t allow the proper oxygenation of the blood that is required for fast healing of the tissues. In other words, you are unnecessarily prolonging the recovery process if you choose to smoke for the weeks following your procedure. Moreover, skin necrosis and delayed wound healing are also associated with smoking after plastic surgery, and these are certainly complications you want to avoid. Conclusion Breast enhancement surgery helps women from all over the world get bigger, rounder, and fuller breasts that are harmoniously complementing their body shape. The procedure has been performed for over five decades, and it is associated with few risks and complications compared to the results it can deliver. When embarking on a journey to get larger, more beautiful breasts, keep in mind that the success of the intervention doesn’t exclusively depend on the talent of the plastic surgeon. The success is not guaranteed when the procedure is over, but when the recovery period is over. To ensure you make the most out of your plastic surgery for breast enhancement, make sure to follow the recommendations of the plastic surgeon and do all the things he will ask you to do after the intervention is over. The recovery process is an important stage of achieving the breasts you have always dreamt of.