Cosmetic Surgery Tips

Breast Augmentation Survival Kit

Are you considering a breast augmentation? One of the most important things to consider is how to recover and get back to normal after surgery. Here are some tips to help you get through your recovery with ease:

Start taking multivitamins and folic acid at least 1 month before your surgery, as this can help reduce complications and improve your overall health.

You may need to take prescription pain medication on the day of, but it is important that you only take a small amount and only if necessary.

It is important that you avoid strenuous activity for at least 2 weeks after your procedure, so don’t plan on running any marathons or lifting heavy weights for 2 weeks post-op!

Breast Augmentation Survival Kit

Let’s be honest, after breast augmentation surgery, you will be sore. You may be uncomfortable, and you will need to take it easy for a while. Previously we gave you some tips to help ease discomfort and soreness after surgery, and we’ve also discussed how to shop for a bra following breast augmentation. Today we are going to look at some of the must-have items to further ease your recovery. Well before the day of your surgery, be sure to gather your must-haves, and make sure they are easily accessible. By preparing ahead of time, you will have already put yourself in a position to have a smooth start to your recovery period. Today we present you with the first three of six must-haves to ensure a restful recovery period.


We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again — arrange for help. If you have children, dogs that require walking, yard work, or household chores, you will need someone to help you throughout the day for at least the first few weeks of recovery. You may find it beneficial to enlist the help of a few people who can rotate through on a schedule — your best friend to help with the kids in the morning, your sister to help with kids and chores in the afternoon, and pay the neighbor to walk the dogs or do yard work. You may also need to enlist someone to help get your children to and from school and activities.

Many women also report that doing all of the laundry and cleaning prior to surgery helps reduce the amount of work to be done in the first few days of recovery. Additionally, moving frequently used items to counter level or lower helps as you won’t be able to reach up for a while. And, if you use liquid soap that has to be pumped out of the container, buy a few bars of soap and have them ready next to the sink — the pumping action will tax your sore muscles more than you may realize.


There’s not a lot to say here, except that pillows are your friend! After surgery, sitting at a 45-degree angle will be far more comfortable than laying flat or sitting upright. Such a position is also beneficial in helping to reduce swelling and bruising. You’ll want pillows to support your back, neck, and head, and may also find comfort in having pillows at your sides on which to rest your arms, as well as to help prevent rolling over in your sleep.


Start pulling together a recovery kit before you have surgery. The contents of your recovery kit are entirely customizable to your preferences, but for many women this includes lip balm, tissues, bottled water, easy to open and eat snacks (keep it healthy though!), baby wipes to use in place of showering until given the ok to shower, your television remote, your cell phone, and “bendy” straws so you don’t have to strain any more than necessary just to take a drink.

A lot of women put a pile of books next to the bed thinking they will want to read, but frequently the immediate discomfort after surgery interferes with this plan. Maybe select a few books that don’t require much brain-power, and then fill up your Netflix or Hulu lists with your favorite movies and shows — if ever there was an excuse to binge-watch your favorites, breast augmentation recovery is the time!

Additionally, make sure your cell phone charger is within easy reach. Instead of ringing a bell to get your family or your helper’s attention, you can just text! You can also use the calendar on your phone, or print a calendar from the internet, to keep track of when you take your post-operative medications.

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Home Care Kits Following Breast Augmentation Procedures

When patients who have undergone cosmetic surgery are released, they are often sent home with a list of post-operative instructions that Dr. Paul Pin wants them to follow, along with any pain or antibiotic medications that the patient may need, depending upon the type of procedure. Additionally, Dr. Pin will require that the patient be driven to and from the procedure by a friend or family member. In some cases, depending upon the extent of the surgical procedure (such as with tummy tuck surgery), the patient may require around the clock care from another person for the first 24 hours.

However, because most cosmetic surgical procedures are elective, patients cannot generally afford to stay overnight at a recovery center or pay for a caretaker after the first 24 hours, while they are still healing. As a result, Dr. Pin suggests that patients put together their own home care kit before undergoing their breast augmentation procedure so that they will be more comfortable during the critical immediate post-surgical healing period. In most cases, the kits can be put together with common items available in pharmacies, or health food or vitamin stores.

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What Should be Included in a Home Care Kit?

Two of the most common side effects following breast augmentation procedures are bruising and swelling. This will generally last for two to three weeks following the cosmetic surgery. Dr. Pin recommends the use of ice, cold compresses, and Arnica montana gel to reduce the amount and duration of bruising and swelling. Patients should consider adding both Arnica montana and the re-freezable “blue gel” packs into their home care kit. Dr. Pin recommends using the gel packs that remain liquid even after being in the freezer, as they will mold to the shape of the breasts, and will be more comfortable than gel packs that freeze in a rigid shape.

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In terms of helping to reduce infection, a topical antibacterial ointment such as Neosporin is a useful addition to a home care kit. This ointment should not be applied to the incisions until they have healed over. Wash hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap before applying ointment. Keep all dressings and the incisions dry and clean, which will also help reduce the chance of infection.

Dr. Pin recommends that breast augmentation patients keep their upper body elevated as much as possible, which will also help reduce bruising and swelling. A wedge shaped pillow will prop patients up in bed, as well as making it easier for them to get in and out of bed without placing undue pressure on their arms, which can cause the breasts to become painful.

Although recovery from a breast augmentation procedure requires time and patience, being prepared will go a long way toward making that recovery as quick and painless as possible. A home care kit is a great way to help patients be prepared for their recovery period.

Congratulations on your decision to get breast augmentation! This is a big step, and you’re likely feeling excited and nervous at the same time. The first few weeks after surgery can be tough, but having the right supplies around will make them a little easier. Here’s what you need:

The first two weeks following breast augmentation are crucial.

  • Keep the area clean and dry. Wash your breasts with warm water and soap after each time you shower, then pat them dry with a towel. Avoid submerging your breasts in water for any amount of time—even if you’re just washing up for bedtime or getting ready for bed. Be especially careful about this when using a tub or jacuzzi bathtub, as they may be more likely to overflow than a standard shower stall if something slips out of place.
  • Take your medication as prescribed by your doctor (and consult with them before taking any over-the-counter drugs).
  • Don’t do anything that will make you uncomfortable: If lying on either side feels better than lying on your back, sleep on either side instead! It’s better to adjust yourself around the new implants than risk developing an infection because they were put under unnecessary stress while sleeping in one position all night long.

You’ll need a button up bra, a sports bra designed for women post surgery, and soft wireless bras. The button up is necessary for support. The sports bra will minimize swelling and help protect your incisions while they heal. You can wear the soft wireless bras after surgery as well if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in those areas (which will be common). If you don’t have any issues with swelling or discomfort, the bra with padding will do just fine! You can also wear underwire bras after surgery so long as it doesn’t bother your incision areas (or cause new ones).

Cover your pillow with a towel to protect it from your ointment.
  • Cover your pillow with a towel to protect it from your ointment.
  • Use a towel or pillowcase to keep your skin clean and prevent infection.

Wear comfortable, loose clothing made of natural fibers like cotton, silk and wool.

You’ll know when you’re ready to start dressing yourself again. You should be able to put on a shirt without having to sit down and rest afterward. If you can’t do this without feeling tired or sore, then wait another week or two before trying again.

Your clothing options will also depend on how big your implants were and where they were placed in your body. If your breasts are significantly larger than before, plan on wearing loose-fitting tops until the swelling goes down (at least 6 weeks after surgery).

Wear comfortable, loose clothing made of natural fibers like cotton, silk and wool. Avoid elastic bands around the waist line as these can irritate your incision site. Tight bras can also cause discomfort if they put pressure on the breasts directly over the incisions; opt for soft-cup bras instead until your scars have faded away completely (6 months after surgery).

Frozen peas can be an effective ice pack.

If you are looking for an inexpensive and readily available ice pack, look no further than the frozen peas in your freezer. They’re cheap, they’re easy to use and they re-freeze quickly. Plus, they don’t leak and won’t melt all over your house.

I used these on my breast augmentation surgery and found them to be very effective at reducing swelling. They were also a lot more convenient than using frozen water bottles or gel packs, which tend to drip all over the place!

When shopping for items like food and toiletries before surgery, consider what items you may need that you won’t be able to lift after your procedure.

You may have to purchase a few items before the surgery that you won’t be able to lift after having the procedure done. While many of these things can be purchased online or delivered with services like Amazon Prime, it’s best to know what you might need beforehand so that you can factor them into your budget and make sure they’re available when needed. Some examples include:

  • Food—While it’s normal for patients to experience some loss of appetite during recovery, most doctors recommend eating at least three meals per day in the weeks following their procedures. If you’re unable to lift heavy bags of groceries or carry large containers of food from a store, consider asking someone for help now, who will be able to pick up what you need and bring it home for later use.
  • Toiletries—Depending on how long it takes for your drains (if there are any) to come out after surgery, this could mean having an extra set of toiletries on hand if yours are too heavy for post-op mobility purposes (i.e., shampoo bottles). Also consider purchasing some face wash that doesn’t require rinsing since those who aren’t supposed to shower right away may not have access yet!
Make sure you have anything you need from the drug store and post-surgery medication on hand.

Make sure you have anything you need from the drug store and post-surgery medication on hand. You will likely require more pain medication than what was prescribed by your doctor, as well as antibiotics because of the risk of infection. One thing that many people forget to ask their doctors about is taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil or Tylenol, since these can help with swelling and reduce inflammation after surgery. You may also need blood thinners if you are taking aspirin or another blood thinner for another condition (such as heart disease). If you are prone to developing acid reflux, ask about taking antacids before and during recovery time so that it does not become an issue while healing from breast augmentation surgery.

Your skin will be extra sensitive after surgery; indulge it with whatever makes you feel good without going overboard.

Now that you’re starting to heal from your breast augmentation, it’s time to think about how you can keep your skin and body healthy. Your new breasts are going to be extra sensitive for a while, so this is the perfect time for some TLC:

  • Avoid getting cuts and scrapes. You should always wear a good bra when possible (including during exercise), which will help minimize friction between your sensitive skin and clothing that rubs against it. Use soft washcloths on your breasts instead of rubbing them vigorously with rough cloths or loofahs; they may feel like they need extra cleaning after surgery but don’t go overboard!
  • Don’t take any chances with infections by using antibacterial soap or lotion on the incision area until it’s healed—and even then, only if it makes sense for you personally (for example, if someone else might come into contact with those areas). Most doctors recommend avoiding certain things during recovery as well—wearing tight bras might not be wise in this case either because they could put pressure on an open wound—so talk to yours before making any decisions about what type or style of bra would work best post-op!
You’ll probably get tired easily after your surgical procedure, so have some soothing entertainment such as DVDs or books on hand.

In addition to your laptop, you’ll want to have some other entertainment on hand. You might find yourself getting tired in the hours following your surgical procedure, so consider having a few books or DVDs ready for when that happens. Make sure there’s nothing too intense—it’s still important to take it easy!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it! While breast augmentation surgery is a very common procedure, it can still be scary and stressful. Here are some things that I wish I had known before my breast augmentation surgery:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and family. They’re there for you! They’re happy that you’re getting this done and want nothing but the best for your experience. Let them know what kind of support would really mean a lot to you during this time period (maybe they could bring over dinner once in a while? Or maybe they could just come by occasionally just to hang out).
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions! The more educated we are about our decisions and procedures, the better prepared we’ll be afterward. The staff at my hospital were amazingly helpful and kind—I felt comfortable asking them questions anytime I needed clarification on anything related to breast augmentation recovery or ongoing care later on down the road (e.g., what’s normal after surgery?). Now that I’ve had my implant placed under muscle instead of behind muscle, there may still come a time where scar tissue develops around one side which will cause some asymmetry between them again—but luckily now I know how such issues arise so hopefully they won’t happen again!
Having certain items around can make the post-breast augmentation experience more enjoyable and comfortable.

Having certain items around can make the post-breast augmentation experience more enjoyable and comfortable.

  • A button up bra. It’s important to find one that fits well and is supportive, especially if you’re planning on wearing it for several weeks until your surgical stitches are removed.
  • A sports bra designed for women post surgery. This will help prevent fluid retention and keep your breasts from swelling up after surgery.
  • Soft wireless bras. They’ll be more comfortable than underwire bras during recovery and also reduce the risk of getting any sutures caught in them while removing them at night or when showering/bathing yourself throughout the day (you may need help washing your back).
  • A towel or two to cover your pillow when sleeping or resting in bed during recovery time since laying directly on pillows can make pain worse (especially with those sticky adhesive bandages!). It’s often recommended not using pillows because they could cause discomfort by putting pressure on specific areas where sutures were placed during surgery (or even dislodging them). Having a couple towels available means no matter how much pain occurs throughout rest periods, there will always be something easy enough as far as access goes in order for you not feel uncomfortable about laying flatly out on top of anything else besides blankets just yet!

You’ve done it! You’ve made the decision to get breast augmentation surgery and now you’re ready to go. You’re likely feeling excited and maybe a little nervous, but that’s okay. You’ll be in good hands during your procedure, so don’t worry about anything except letting your doctor do what he or she does best: helping people look and feel their best.

After surgery is over, you’ll need some additional help taking care of yourself until you are healed enough to resume everyday activities. The following tips will help make sure that happens sooner rather than later!

Avoid lifting anything heavy.

It is important to avoid lifting anything heavy. If you have the energy to do it, try to avoid pushing and pulling things as well. Stretching is not recommended either, so don’t stretch your arms out in front of you too far or willy-nilly. You should also try your best not to lean on any surfaces with your chest after surgery—it can be quite painful!

Finally, it’s best if you avoid bending and reaching behind yourself for things until about two weeks after surgery (or even longer for implants placed above the muscle). Carrying objects in your arms may also be a bit difficult at first (albeit fun), so if possible use both hands rather than one if possible.

Don’t take a bath in the first two weeks.

Don’t take a bath in the first two weeks.

This is a tricky one to explain, but we’ll do our best. Baths can cause swelling, which can cause bleeding (which is why they’re not recommended after surgery), and since you’re already taking medications that thin your blood, bathing too much in the beginning can make you bleed more. If you have a lot of fluid build-up after surgery, this could be dangerous as well; so again: no baths right away!

Get plenty of sleep.

During the first few weeks after surgery, you’ll need to get plenty of rest. Sleep is an important part of healing and it also boosts your energy levels, improves your mental health and reduces stress. Getting good quality sleep helps keep your immune system healthy and improves your mood as well.

So how much sleep do you need? Most doctors recommend that patients get at least eight hours per night for the first two weeks following breast augmentation surgery. After that point, most people can go back to their normal sleeping habits if they’re feeling well enough (which usually means no pain).

Wear your surgical bra.

The first thing you’ll want to do is wear your surgical bra as much as possible. It might feel restrictive at first, but the more you wear it, the better you’ll get used to it. This is especially true if you plan on breastfeeding in the future; getting used to wearing a surgical bra now will help make breastfeeding easier later on.

There are a few exceptions where it’s okay not to wear your surgical bra: when sleeping, doing housework or yard work (because of potential impact from heavy objects), exercising (the band may be uncomfortable between your breasts), swimming (you could cause irritation from rubbing against wet material), and driving (the friction from holding onto the steering wheel).

Take painkillers as directed.

If your doctor prescribed painkillers, it’s important to take them as directed. The most common types of painkillers are acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) and ibuprofen (the active ingredient in Advil). These medications can be taken every 4-6 hours for up to 8 times a day, with food or milk to avoid stomach upset. They should always be taken with a full glass of water, too!

Once you start taking these meds, try not to skip any doses even if you don’t feel like they’re helping much—that way you’ll get the maximum benefit from them and minimize potential side effects like nausea or dizziness later on down the road.

Drink plenty of fluids.

Next, you will need to drink plenty of fluids. While you are recuperating from surgery, it is important that you drink at least two litres of fluid every day. Fluids are essential for the healing process and will help prevent constipation and swelling. Avoid alcohol and caffeine during this time as they can cause dehydration by decreasing water retention in your body. If you are exercising or sweating a lot, be sure to drink at least three litres of water every day; more if you feel dehydrated or notice that your urine is dark yellow or brown in colour instead of clear.

Eat healthy foods and avoid spicy, greasy and acidic foods.

  • Eat healthy foods and avoid spicy, greasy and acidic foods.
  • Don’t smoke or drink alcohol. These are bad for your overall health, but especially so after surgery.
  • Stay away from sugar as much as possible to keep your body free of toxins that can lead to infection and swelling in the breasts after surgery.

Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).

You should not take aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or any other blood-thinning medication while you’re healing from your breast augmentation.

Aspirin and ibuprofen are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They can thin the blood and increase bleeding, which increases your risk of developing a hematoma after surgery. These medications also thicken the blood and cause bruising around the incision site. It’s best to avoid them altogether during your recovery period.

Taking aspirin before surgery may also cause stomach bleeding that can lead to a life-threatening condition called gastrointestinal (GI) hemorrhage or bleeding from any part of GI tract including mouth, esophagus, stomach or intestines.[1]

Be patient!

We know it can be frustrating to hear that your breast augmentation is going to take longer than expected, but we promise it will be worth the wait. While you’re in the early stages of healing, your body needs time to adjust and recover. You may still have some swelling and tenderness in your breasts and it’s important that you give those areas time to heal properly before moving forward with any additional activity. The best way for a patient to ensure that their results are as good as possible is by being patient during this period. We recommend following all post-operative instructions from our staff so that everything goes smoothly!

If you have any questions about what might be causing pain or discomfort after surgery please let us know so we can help out as much as possible.

Keeping yourself comfortable and your incisions healed will help you heal quickly after breast augmentation surgery.
  • Keep yourself comfortable.
  • Keep your incisions clean and dry.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects until the sutures dissolve.
  • Do not take a bath in the first two weeks after surgery, but you can shower regularly if it does not require bathing suits or excessive bending over.
  • Get plenty of rest to make sure that you heal properly and don’t develop any infections from being too active too soon (this is especially important if you are going back to work).

We hope these tips will help you feel comfortable and heal quickly after your breast augmentation surgery. Remember that every woman is different, so ask your doctor if some of these tips will work for you.

I hope this post has helped you prepare for your breast augmentation! If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.

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