Timing is crucial for many aspects of life, including when to schedule your plastic surgery. In the Midwest, winter and early spring are traditionally the times many patients choose to have cosmetic surgery. After digging out of a cold winter, patients want to hit the ground running when the weather turns around. If you have decided this is the year breast enhancement is something that will give you more confidence, planning ahead is essential so you can recover before your big trip. Returning to your pre-pregnancy shape before you have your first local lake boat ride also requires a little thought.
Thanks to modern technology, patients are experiencing faster recovery times. Especially with the multimodal pain therapy Dr. Poulter offers that includes Exparel, a local anesthetic that keep you numb for up to three days, your early discomfort is minimal. However, your recovery 24 hours post-surgery is much different from your full recovery. You may be able to walk around and perform simple tasks even drive just a few days after surgery, but you are not fully healed; incisions require 2-3 weeks to heal. You will be able to walk as far as you like without sweating in 7-10 days and use an elliptical machine without arms in 3 weeks. At 6 weeks you are released to full activity so this is how much time you should allow for healing before you leave on your beach vacation or wanting to spend time après skiing in the hot tub. By allowing yourself enough time several weeks to recover from the expected side effects (such as bruising and swelling), you will be able to get your fun in when the sun comes out.
It is important to note that breast augmentation patients will want to avoid soaker baths, hot tubs, or swimming until the incisions have completely healed. Water sports and physical activities with high impact on the body such as workouts and running will require longer for the deeper tissue to heal. Taking the time to heal after a significant procedure will enhance the result of your surgery and help minimize the already low risk of complications such as post-surgical infections.
If you’ve been thinking about breast augmentation or body contouring, Schedule a consultation with Dr. Poulter today or call our office at (309) 663-1222 or Toll Free at (888) 841-4108, and get ready for summer!
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