Must-Haves for Breast Augmentation Recovery

woman smiling on bed thinking about upcoming procedure (model)

The weeks and days leading up to breast augmentation surgery are filled with excitement and usually a bit of anxiety, too. As a breast augmentation specialist who’s performed thousands of procedures in my career, I know that preparing for your recovery is a great way to feel in control and calm the nerves.

You can use the list of items below to help stockpile the supplies you’ll want to have during your recovery after getting breast implants. You may have some of these things at home already. If you don’t, plan a pre-breast augmentation shopping trip so you’ll be prepared the moment you return home.

Once you’ve obtained all the necessary supplies, prepare a cozy nest with pillows where you can get plenty of rest with everything you need within arm’s reach. That includes a water bottle, medications, lip balm, your smartphone, books or magazines, and the TV remote.

Breast Augmentation Recovery Supplies

Listed below are some essentials that can help the healing process and minimize any discomfort you may experience during your recovery after breast augmentation surgery.

Healthy food: Unless you have someone at home who enjoys cooking, having light, homemade meals prepared that just need to be warmed up is one of the best things you can do prior to the day of your surgery. Stock up on healthy snacks, too, such as cut-up vegetables and fruit, and salt-free chips. Salt contributes to swelling, so avoid it.

Ice packs: You’ll experience swelling after surgery. Having ice packs (or frozen peas, blueberries, or something similar) ready is a must.

Prescription medications: Fill your prescriptions before surgery, so they’re ready when you arrive home after surgery. This includes pain meds, antibiotics, or any medications you typically take.

Wet wipes: Have plenty of wet wipes available. You can use them to clean wounds, the area around the wounds, and the rest of your body while you are unable to shower.

Digital thermometer: Even though infection is relatively rare following breast augmentation, having a digital thermometer handy can note changes in your temperature if you begin to feel like a fever is developing. You should contact our office if you’re concerned about a persistent fever.

Heating pad: Sleeping in an elevated position for an extended period of time—which you’ll need to do after surgery—may cause discomfort in your back. A heating pad will provide relief for sore muscles and soft tissues.

Support bras: You’ll need to wear a cotton surgical bra for about 3 to 4 weeks after your surgery. You can transition to any comfortable bra that’s not too tight after that, but avoid wearing underwire bras for another month or so. Speaking of bras, wait until your breasts “drop-and-fluff” after getting breast implants before spending money on stylish or sexy bras that you’re planning to buy.

A pick-up tool: Many people call these “grabbers”—the device that helps you pick up items without having to bend over.

Something else to keep in mind is having plenty of comfortable clothes ready—and nothing that you have to pull over your head. Oversized button-up shirts, sweatpants, pajamas, and anything else that’s easy to put on and remove should be your recovery wardrobe.

We provide post-surgical guidelines for breast augmentation patients at our Scottsdale, AZ, practice so you’ll feel confident during your recovery. We’re also here to support you if you have questions or concerns during your recovery.

If you’re looking in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas for a breast augmentation surgeon, choose a plastic surgeon with extensive experience who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Request a consultation using the online form to discuss your breast augmentation goals with one of our surgeons or call us at (480) 423-1973 to schedule an appointment.

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