With many things in life, timing is essential. The same thing goes for plastic surgery. When it comes to having breast augmentation, bad timing can mean missing out on summer fun during your recovery if you haven’t planned accordingly. There isn’t a wrong time to schedule a breast augmentation. However, certain conveniences go along with doing it in the winter and spring months.
A breast augmentation recovery is much different today than in the past. Thanks to modern technology, patients that undergo breast augmentations can resume basic activities within days of surgery. Simple tasks like getting around the house, eating, and bathing can all usually be performed by the patient within 24-48 hours following surgery. It’s important to keep in mind that following breast surgery, you will not be able to swim or be submerged in water for 6 weeks, to prevent the risk of post-surgical infection through the surgical incision. Regardless of whether it’s in a bathtub, hot tub, pool, lake, or Gulf of Mexico, bodies of water contain millions of bacteria and microorganisms that could cause an infection.
You’ll also need to avoid any strenuous activity for several weeks following your surgery. There are several reasons for this, including the risk of opening the incision, causing bleeding at the surgical site (also known as a hematoma), and moving the implants out of position.
After your procedure, you will be wearing dressings and bandages, along with a surgical bra, for several days. Many patients experience swelling that can last for several weeks. If you want to be discreet about your procedure or the healing process, you may want to wear clothing that makes it easy to hide the surgical bra, which can be uncomfortable on a hot summer day. Sun exposure is detrimental to surgical scar healing, so you’ll want to keep your scars covered up following your breast augmentation.
Finally, you will want to schedule your surgery when you can take several days off of work to recover from the surgery. This may be the most significant factor when deciding when to have surgery. Winter and spring might be the ideal time to take off work for many patients, but not if you are an accountant or school teacher. At Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery, we strive to accommodate your schedule so that you can have your surgery and recover at a time that is best for you.
If you’re considering a breast augmentation, schedule a personal consultation with one of our award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeons at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery, Dr. Peter Butler, Dr. Jocelyn Leveque or Dr. Nathan Patterson.