DISPROPORTIONATELY LARGE BREASTS CAN BE A DISABLING PHYSICAL CONDITION
Plastic Surgery Dubai | 24 January 2020
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure to make the breasts smaller. It is often considered a reconstructive procedure.
Mammary hypertrophy – or disproportionately large breasts – can be a disabling physical condition, causing back ache, neck ache and skin irritation, as well as drawing unwanted attention from the opposite sex. In a society where large breasts are often equated with attractiveness, these problems are often made light of, but overly large breasts can cause real pain and discomfort.
Breast reduction surgery can make a significant difference; by reducing the size of the breasts, the load to be borne by the back and shoulders is lightened significantly.
What can I expect from breast reduction surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic. There are many different techniques that Dr. Vigo can use to reduce the size of the breasts, and he will discuss this with you at your breast reduction consultation, to decide which is the best technique for you.
Whichever technique is used for your breast reduction procedure, skin and fat will be removed from the breast, and your nipple may be repositioned, depending on the size and shape of your breasts. All techniques will result in a small scar around the areola.
Breast reduction can also be performed to correct breast asymmetry. Again, this can be discussed in detail with Dr. Vigo at your consultation.
Are there any possible complications associated with breast reduction surgery?
A breast reduction procedure is considered more extensive than breast augmentation or breast lifts, and you might have suction tubes in your chest area for one to two days post surgery to help reduce swelling, pain and blood clots.
Most possible complications associated with your breast reduction procedure can be easily managed using the medication prescribed by Dr. Vigo, but you may find that your breasts are sore for around two weeks following surgery, and they may become painful again the first time you menstruate after your operation.
You may experience reduced sensation in the nipples following breast reduction surgery – this is usually a temporary situation, but in rare cases can be permanent.
It is important to keep strenuous physical activity to an absolute minimum during the first few weeks after surgery and avoid pressure on the breasts for the first four weeks. Dr. Vigo will see you during the months following surgery to check on your progress, and you can call the surgeon at any time, should you have any concerns.
It is important to remember that scars from breast reduction surgery are visible and permanent, although Dr. Vigo will do everything in his power to ensure that they are minimal. Relief from the physical strain associated with large breasts should be immediate post procedure, although it may take several months for your breasts to achieve their final shape, and full healing can take a year or more.
BREAST AUGMENTATION IS A FANTASTIC WAY TO BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
Breast Augmentation Dubai | 22 January 2020
Breast augmentation, also known as breast enlargement or breast implant surgery, is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures
Am I suitable for a breast augmentation procedure?
Breast enhancement is very popular with young women who have always been dissatisfied with the size and/or shape of their breasts. Older women who have seen changes to their body over time, whether due to fluctuations in their weight or the effects of pregnancy and breast feeding, often wish to restore volume where it has been lost. Also women who have noticeably asymmetrical breasts can have this corrected with breast augmentation surgery.
Breast implant surgery is a fantastic way to boost your confidence and Dr. Vigo’s breast augmentation patients are very satisfied with the changes to their breast size and shape. There is a wide range of different sizes to choose from and, depending on the effect you are wishing to achieve, Dr. Vigo is able to advise you which breast implants are suitable for your height and frame.
What can I expect during my breast augmentation procedure?
Performed under general anaesthesia, there are two main technical approaches for where the incision can be made; submammary and axillary. Via the areolar is probably the preferred incision by most cosmetic surgeons – an incision is made in the lower half of the nipple and for those women who have darker nipples than the surrounding skin, the scar can be well-hidden. This incision does mean that the mammary gland and breast tissue is adversely affected when the implant is inserted and the muscle is cut which can be more painful. Over time, this incision also results in more chance of sagging as the implant is not as supported.
The submammary approach is to make an incision along the inframmary fold. Many women seeking breast augmentation do so because their breasts are very small and therefore scar would be very noticeable. For those women who do have a degree of ptosis in the breast, the scar will be hidden in the fold but can still be noticeable even when lying down.
The axillary or underarm or armpit approach; this is the most technically challenging approach, which is why few cosmetic surgeons offer it, but in the hands of a skilled practitioner, it offers a pleasing aesthetic result with the least downside for the patient. There will be no scarring around the breast and the implant is placed below the muscle without the muscle or breast gland being damaged. It produces a more natural result, hides the outline of the implant and there is much less chance of sagging or shape change, even after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
In these two approaches, the implant is placed under the pectoralis muscle for two reasons: first, there is no contact between the implant and breast gland which can affect the pathology and radiology of the breast. Second, the implant can not be detected by palpation and no chance of capsular contracture deformity.
Are there any possible complications associated with breast augmentation surgery?
The most common complication associated with breast augmentation is capsular contracture, which can develop a few months post-procedure. Scar tissue forms around the implant which can tighten and constrict, causing the implant to feel hard or change shape. There are a number of options to deal with capsular contracture, but sometimes the implant and scar tissue may need to be removed before another implant is inserted.
DERMAL FILLERS – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Cosmetic Clinic Dubai | 18 January 2020
Are dermal fillers safe?
Every client seeking injectable treatments with dermal fillers should be offered an in-depth consultation to examine motivation and expectations.
Do dermal fillers hurt?
Unlike procedures such as surgical face lifts or implants, dermal fillers require no cuts, incisions or stitches to be made, although the procedure may involve some light pain or discomfort. Depending on the area being treated, the treatment usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes, and clients describe it as a tiny scratch as the needle goes in, with a slight stinging sensation as the filler is applied. For those feeling anxious, we can use a local anaesthetic to numb the area completely.
Do you offer permanent dermal fillers?
Dr. Vigo does not offer permanent fillers, due to the unknown long-term risks involved.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Each treatment is delivered by Dr. Vigo to achieve the optimum, natural looking results. Results begin to show immediately after treatment and can last up to 12 months, depending on the product used and the area treated. Lip fillers tend to last for six months.
What Happens At The Consultation?
It’s important to us that you achieve the results you want, and we believe this starts with a thorough consultation. You will never be rushed and Dr. Vigo will take the time to discuss aspects of your skin you may be unhappy with, your desired results, costs and timings. His aim is for you to leave your consultation feeling confident, fully informed and looking forward to your treatment.
What if I don’t like the results?
During your consultation a great amount of time will be spent discussing your expectations, so there shouldn’t be any surprise or shock results following treatment. However, if you are not happy with the results, Dr. Vigo can administer a solution that dissolves the filler almost instantly, leaving no lasting damage or effect.
THE EYE AREA IS ONE OF THE FIRST AREAS TO SHOW THE SIGNS OF AGEING
Blepharoplasty Dubai | 16 January 2020
Age takes away much of the fullness in our upper eyelids, causing the looser skin to fall toward the eyelashes and / or fold backward to create prominent creases. Other conditions created by advancing maturity include fine lines, wrinkles, and under-eye shadows or puffiness.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, corrects this appearance of drooping skin and removes any excess fat on the upper eyelid. It does not, however, erase the fine lines at the outer aspects of your eyes: this condition may be treated by placing fat beneath the skin to plump up any creases.
The surgery can take different approaches depending on the patient’s situation: sometimes the eyelid skin is augmented using fat from a different area of your body, or a small amount of skin is removed to improve both the eyelid fold and the contours. Some patients elect to have both the upper and lower eyelids improved simultaneously, while others choose to correct one or the other, especially if problems are more apparent in a single area.
Upper Eye Lift
When blepharoplasty is performed on the upper eyelid, Dr. Vigo makes a small incision in the crease and remove drooping, excess skin or fat. Extremely fine sutures are used to close the incision, ensuring that the surgery site heals with minimal discomfort. Because the incisions are made along the eye’s natural lines, they are barely visible afterward, and when your eyes are open, they are completely hidden. Over time they will gradually fade away.
Lower Eye Lift
With the lower eyelids, problems usually consist of fat creating ‘bags’ or wrinkles, or age-related hollowing producing dark shadows.
Your eyes are one of your face’s most expressive features, so when wrinkles, fine lines, and puffiness appear, you may look both older and more tired. A surgical eye lift procedure may be the best solution.
Am I a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty?
If you have no pre-existing eye conditions of a serious nature, are psychologically healthy, and have realistic goals for your surgery, you are a good candidate.
Are there any possible complications associated with blepharoplasty?
The potential complications depend on your anatomy and extent of eyelid surgery performed. In general there is very little risk or downtime associated with eyelid surgery, but Dr. Vigo will have a candid discussion with you prior to scheduling the procedure.
DR. MATTEO VIGO SPEAKS AT THE 5TH EMIRATES PLASTIC SURGERY CONGRESS 2020
Plastic Surgery Dubai | 12 January 2020
This week, Dr. Matteo Vigo will be a speaker at the 5th Emirates Plastic Surgery Congress 2020 – the world’s best gathering of plastic surgeons.
Dr. Vigo will be presenting ‘Secondary Mammoplasties : How to Approach and What to Expect.’
The three-day congress will host the world’s top plastic surgeons in Dubai to showcase work done from all over the world across all disciplines of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic.
Every year the brightest minds in the field of plastic, reconstruction and aesthetic surgery come together to share, discuss and debate the developments, possibilities and new inventions in the field. The three- day congress will host the world’s top plastic surgeons in Dubai. We will deliberate and showcase work done from all over the world across all disciplines of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic. We promise the discussions will be open, honest and full of experiences. The congress will bring together the largest display of keynotes, talks, e-Poster presentations, exhibitions and experiences.
KEY SESSIONS ADVANCES IN AESTHETIC SURGERY
Liposuction and body contouring
Facial Plastic surgery
Special Session on Injectables
Burns and wound reconstruction
Hand and Microvascular reconstruction
WHO WILL ATTEND
The EPSC 2020 will mark the first biggest medical event in 2020 and is a must attend to one and every plastic surgeon in the world.
In addition to them, we will be hosting the delegates and organizations from the following categories
The Emirates Plastic Surgery Society was formed in 1993, as a non-profit medical society working under the umbrella of Emirates Medical Association.
ANTI-WRINKLE DERMAL FILLERS – RELAX & SOFTEN FACIAL MUSCLES
Fillers in Dubai | 10 January 2020
Dermal fillers treatment involves injecting a medically developed solution under the skin with a fine needle to enhance facial features and plump and fill lines, grooves or sunken areas. Dr. Matteo Vigo only uses high quality products and use Juvederm.
Administered correctly by a medical professional, dermal fillers can subtly smooth, soften, contour and tone the skin; restore youthful plumpness and enhance and define your features.
Where can dermal fillers be used?
Dermal fillers are used to treat a range of skin concerns, including lack of volume and shallow to deep wrinkles and folds. Popular areas to add volume and fullness to include the lips, cheeks and bridge of the nose. For smoothing, adding volume, plumping lines and wrinkles, popular treatment areas include around the forehead, tear troughs, mouth (smile, marionette and lipstick lines), jawline and chin.
Your dermal fillers consultation: what to expect
Your dermal fillers consultation will be with Dr. Vigo who will assess your needs, suitability and determine the most appropriate form of treatment. During your consultation he will be able to answer any questions you may have about your skin concerns and give you personalised advice. If the decision is taken to proceed with filler treatment, he will be able to carry out the treatment in-clinic.
Types of dermal fillers
Cheek fillers – add volume and lift to your cheeks.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty – reshape your nose with a non-surgical nose job.
Tear trough fillers – instantly revive and refresh your under eyes, reducing dark circles.
Lip fillers – add extra volume and plumpness to lips.
Jawline and chin – add volume to the jaw and chin area.
What Is a Tummy Tuck? Is It Right For You?
Tummy Tuck Dubai | 9 January 2020
Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess abdominal fat and skin. Depending on the individual, a tummy tuck also may rebuild muscles that have become weakened or separated due to pregnancy or trauma. The result is firmer, flatter and more contoured abdomen. After pregnancy or weight loss, excess skin and fat can distort the appearance of the abdomen. In particular, many women find that after their second child or after bearing twins, their muscles and skin do not return to their original appearance secondary to repeated stretch of the abdomen. The abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” procedure, creates a flatter, firmer abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, and tightening the abdominal muscles. You are a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you are at a stable weight and are physically healthy, you have realistic expectations, and you do not smoke.
ANATOMY OF THE ABDOMEN
The abdominal wall consists of skin, fat, and muscle. The rectus abdominis muscles, which form the “six pack” of muscles on the abdomen, are covered by a firm sheath called the rectus fascia. This fascial layer frequently weakens and stretches out with pregnancy and weight gain. As a result, once a patient loses weight or has her children, she may be left with laxity of the abdominal wall. During surgery, the fascial layer over the rectus abdominis muscles is tightened, and the excess skin and fat are removed.
The abdominoplasty procedure is performed with a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen within the bikini line. In patients who have undergone a prior C-section, the incision can be made in the same location and extended to the sides. The rectus abdominis muscles of the abdomen are tightened, and the excess skin and fat are trimmed and redraped. Most abdominoplasty surgeries require repositioning of the umbilicus, or navel through a second incision. In the “mini” abdominoplasty procedure, lower abdominal muscle tightening with fat and skin removal are performed through a limited horizontal bikini incision only, without repositioning of the navel. The resulting scar is usually low on the abdomen, and therefore can be concealed within most bathing suits and clothing. Small drain tubes are placed with both techniques.
Liposuction is sometimes performed in conjunction with tummy tuck surgery to contour the flanks. Some patients wish to undergo simultaneous breast surgery to lift, add volume, or both. The combination of tummy tuck surgery and breast augmentation or lift surgery is commonly referred to as a “mommy makeover” procedure.
Additional procedures incur additional operating time, anesthesia, and surgical risks.
SURGERY AND ANESTHESIA
The surgery lasts 2 – 2.5 hours, and is performed under general anesthesia. Many patients worry about the risk of general anesthesia, but it is very safe and it assures that you will be completely comfortable during surgery. Prior to surgery you will be required to obtain medical photographs, routine bloodwork, and in some cases preoperative clearance. The evening prior to surgery, you should not eat or drink anything after midnight. This ensures that you will have an empty stomach prior to surgery, which is very important for your anesthesiologist to care for you safely. You will need to have a responsible adult available to escort you home after surgery.
Following surgery, you will awaken in the recovery area. Once you are fully alert, you will be transported to the stepdown area where you will be given something to drink and the to eat. You will have two drains and a surgical garment placed at the conclusion of the procedure. The nurses in the recovery area will demonstrate how to empty and record the output from your drains. A responsible adult will need to be available to escort you home.
Patients are seen in the office 3 or 4 days following surgery. At that time your drains will be removed and you will be replaced into your surgical garment. Most sutures placed will dissolve on their own. The surgical garment should be worn for the following 4 weeks
Walking is permitted the day after surgery, but strenuous activity and heavy lifting are limited until four weeks following surgery. Most patients do not complain of severe pain following this surgery, but note that the abdomen feels “tight”, as if they have performed many sit-ups. Pain medication is prescribed for any discomfort. Swelling will be present for the initial 2-3 months after surgery, and the final results are typically seen 3-6 months after surgery. The scar will continue to fade and soften for up to one year following surgery, although it will never completely disappear.
WHAT A TUMMY TUCK CANNOT DO
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or exercise. If you have ongoing weight loss, or are planning to become pregnant, you should delay your surgery. A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, but it will remove the skin beneath the umbilicus. Stretch marks above this level some- times appear lighter after surgery, but they will not disappear.
Things to Know if You’re Thinking About Trying Dermal Fillers
Cosmetic Clinic Dubai | 8 January 2020
Dermal fillers are injectable gels that are usually made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring molecule that attracts and binds water in the skin. A treatment will fill in wrinkles and provide volume to the soft tissues, helping to give your skin a more full and youthful appearance well after your body stops producing collagen. Dermal fillers have grown in popularity over the last few years due to their ability as both volume enhancers and wrinkle fillers. They’re usually used on the lips, cheeks and under the eyes, often with amazing, age-defying results. At around the age of 25, the body stops producing collagen and elastin. These two proteins work together to keep tissue firm and skin elastic. Without them, the body isn’t able to keep tissue strong and skin supple. It’s this that causes the typical signs of aging to start appearing, including lines and wrinkles, sunken cheeks and a loss of elasticity in the skin.
How do Dermal Fillers work?
Generally, injecting dermal fillers into the skin causes plumping of that area which helps smooth wrinkles, enhance definition and volumise the face. However, different types of filler can be used for different results and in different areas.
When it comes to treating facial volume loss (like sagging cheeks), a professional will typically use a thicker dermal filler that can provide effective support for the cheeks. Plumping or removing lines from lips, on the other hand, requires a much thinner dermal filler as the skin around that area is thinner.
While dermal fillers are often used alongside treatments like Botox, they actually work quite differently. Botox prevents movement of the small muscles that contribute to wrinkles. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, create additional plumping beneath the wrinkle, smoothing it out and restoring its youthful appearance. The combination of using Botox alongside Dermal fillers can result in amazing looking results which is why they are frequently used together.
Where are Dermal Fillers usually used?
Dermal fillers can be used to achieve a variety of results in different areas of the face. They are usually used in three main areas to achieve the following:
AROUND THE EYES:
Reduce under eye bags and dark circles
Soften fine lines and crow’s feet
MID FACE AREA:
Smooth accordion lines (the fine lines that creep up the sides of the face towards the cheekbones) and folds
Add volume to the cheek area affected by gravity and age
LOWER FACE AREA:
Smooth a “gummy smile” above the lips
Reduce the appearance of vertical lines above the lip
Add volume to the nasolabial folds around the mouth
Correct the downturned corners of the mouth
Stop the jawline from sagging
Plump and reduce chin creases
How long do Dermal Fillers last?
Depending on the type of hyaluronic acid used, Dermal fillers can last anywhere between 6 to 18 months. This may also vary from person to person depending on how well it’s suited to the purpose and individual. There are many different brands of hyaluronic acid on the market, some of which you might recognise, including Juvederm®, Belotero® and Restylane®. It can be difficult to know which dermal filler is right for you so be sure to ask your practitioner for advice on the right choice for you.
Things to know before your Dermal Fillers treatment
Dermal fillers are incredibly safe, and allergic reactions are extremely rare, so long as your treatment is carried out by a specially trained healthcare professional. Before getting dermal filler treatment there are a few simple steps you can carry out to ensure your treatment is as successful as possible.
Try and avoid any product containing aspirin, vitamin E, St John’s Wort and any dietary supplements that include ginko, garlic, primrose oil and ginseng for 2 weeks prior to your treatment.
Avoid ibuprofen, Aleve, fish oil, alcohol and any product that can thin your blood for 2 days prior to your treatment.
Remove all makeup and wash your face before the treatment to avoid skin irritation.
Are there any side effects of dermal fillers?
After having dermal filler treatment, you may notice some common side effects in and around the treated area. These can include:
Pain and discomfort
Using a trained and experienced practitioner can help to minimise these side effects. Taking the right kind of supplements may also help but you should check with your practitioner before taking anything. Here are a list of suggested do’s and don’ts to help minimise any negative after effects of your treatment.
Using a calming agent like chamomile or taking Bromelain and Turmeric together can help to reduce the skin redness, swelling, tenderness, and/or itchiness that are common after dermal filler treatment. If your symptoms last longer than 3 days be sure to speak to your practitioner.
Bruising is also fairly common, although this should go away within a few days. To help speed up the process you can use Arnica to help reduce bruising and swelling.
Do not massage the treated areas as this can cause the filler to move, resulting in an uneven look and feel.
Avoid applying heat to the treated area until any bruising or swelling has gone away. You should also try and avoid any activities that might cause you to blush or get red faced. Exercising, consuming alcohol, going in the sauna or using a sun bed should all be avoided. No skiing or mountain climbing in very cold temperatures either.
Regular washing and showering is fine as long as you’re using gentle cleansers and moisturisers. Makeup and sunscreen should also be fine to use as long as they are applied gently.
Are dermal fillers right for you?
The most important thing to do before going ahead with a dermal filler treatment is to do your research. Firstly, think about what you want to achieve from the treatment. This will help you and your practitioner to narrow down the type of filler you’ll want to use and ensure your treatment resolves your primary concerns.
Secondly, set a strict budget for your treatment. Many treatments are only fully effective with multiple treatments or a combination of dermal fillers and botox. It’s important to be aware of this so that you aren’t left disappointed by a half effective course of treatment. You should also be wary of practitioners offering a cheap service. These treatments, when carried out by an experienced, qualified practitioner, should not be cheap. If someone is offering you a treatment for a lot less than other practitioners it may reflect the quality of the practitioner, product or clinic. With Dermal fillers, you get what you pay for. So if you’re looking for a high quality treatment with minimal side effects, you’ll need to pay for it.
Finally, once you think you’ve found the treatment and practitioner to suit you, make sure you meet them, ask questions and feel comfortable having them treat you. There should be no pressure put on you to get a treatment done right away or use any products that you haven’t specifically requested. Dermal fillers are safe and effective as long as you select a provider who will make every effort to minimise risk, work with you to address your concerns and follow up to ensure that you are well and satisfied, so make sure you know who you’re dealing with.
The Benefits of J-Plasma Skin Tightening & Body Contouring
Aesthetic Medicine Dubai | 7 January 2020
J-Plasma body contouring and skin tightening is a revolutionary new minimally invasive procedure that both tightens and contours lax skin anywhere on the body. This is accomplished this by means of special device that delivers “helium plasma’’ energy through tiny incisions to the undersurface of the skin in those areas to be tightened. J-Plasma can be done as a stand-alone procedure or as is more often the case, in conjunction with liposuction. The combination of fat removal with liposuction followed by skin tightening by J-Plasma yields dramatic improvements to body contours that were previously unobtainable.
This body lift procedure may involve the use of local anesthesia and oral sedation to ensure that the patient remains comfortable. People seeking a more contoured and firmer body may find the J-Plasma Renuvion treatment to be highly beneficial. The procedure involves minimal downtime and discomfort to lift and tighten lax tissue.
J-Plasma powered Renuvion body lift can firm and contour the below mentioned areas very effectively:
Upper and lower back
The Renuvion body lift and skin tightening involve the use of a specialized device to target cold plasma energy to the treatment site. This cold plasma is produced by ionizing helium gas with RF energy. Helium is a highly stable gas which can be energized at very low levels of energy enabling this treatment to be targeted, safe, and effective. As cold plasma is not heat-based like lasers, the procedure involves minimal risk of injury to the treated tissues. These cold plasma characteristics make it an ideal treatment for patients who desire body contouring with minimal discomfort, downtime, and risks.
Renuvion body lift and skin tightening procedure is a suitable treatment for individuals with mild to moderate sagging skin. A person can develop loose skin and uneven contours due to major weight loss or aging. In addition, it is ideal for people who have undergone liposuction or another non-surgical body sculpting procedure in the past and are seeking further contouring, toning, and tightening.
The time taken to complete this procedure is between one to two hours. The patient will be administered local anaesthesia to numb the treatment areas. Subsequently, the Renuvion provider will place tiny incisions on the affected sites. They will use these incisions to apply the Renuvion device on the skin’s under surface to deliver cold plasma energy to the tissue layers being treated. This will immediately constrict, tighten, and firm the tissue from inside out. Patients will instantly notice the treatment benefits, and the effects will continually enhance over time. The cold plasma energy will prompt the production of new collagen fibers for fuller, smoother skin and longer lasting outcomes.
A majority of patients can resume their routine activities in around two to three days following the procedure. In around three weeks, they can restart exercising as well. The treatment provider may prescribe some pain medicines to help the patient remain comfortable during the initial recovery phase.
Four tips for a healthy recovery after a breast augmentation
Breast Augmentation Dubai| 5 January 2020
With an experienced plastic surgeon by your side, you can expect your breast augmentation recovery to go smoothly and quickly. In fact, many women are back to work and routine activities in three to five days. However, an easy recovery will depend on several factors, including how prepared you are to pamper yourself during those first vital days. Keep in mind these four tips for a healthy recovery following your breast augmentation.
Plan for assistance – While breast augmentation recovery is not extremely difficult, you will have just undergone major surgery. Therefore, for the first few days, you will be sore and tired. For six weeks, you should not do any heavy lifting, and this includes picking up children under 20 pounds. Plus, no driving until you are finished with all narcotic pain medications. It is recommended that you schedule assistance with household chores and with the children for the first 24 to 72 hours. Even just having a friend stop by each day to check in on you will be helpful.
Proper pain management – It is common to experience mild to moderate discomfort immediately after a breast augmentation procedure. Some women will feel pressure and tightness across their chest. Your doctor will prescribe a few days of pain medication to help you make it comfortably through the early recovery. However, many women find that after the first post-op day, they need nothing more than over-the-counter pain medications. Fill your prescriptions prior to the day of your breast augmentation, so that if you get home to find that you need pain or anti-nauseous medications, they are close at hand.
Get plenty of rest and sleep – Getting enough rest during your breast augmentation recovery sounds simple, but for some people, this is easier said than done. Make sure you have a quiet room set aside, as well as a comfortable bed to rest in, for the first few days. Have plenty of pillows, so you can prop yourself up at a comfortable angle. Some movies, books and magazines will help pass the time. You will be walking immediately after surgery, slowly regaining your strength. Just remember to listen to your body, getting plenty of sleep and relaxation, as you heal.
Have plenty of light, healthy foods and water at home – Before heading to the clinic for your breast augmentation, stock your kitchen with easy to prepare food and plenty of water. For the first post-op day, you may be nauseous from the anesthesia or not have much of an appetite, so soft, light foods are best. Make sure you have a healthy variety of foods on hand, to give your body energy and strength to heal over the following week. It is easy to become dehydrated during this time period, so drink water, water and more water.