How can I aid my recovery from breast surgery?

Whatever your reasons for having breast surgery, be it to restore volume after pregnancy, or to reduce the size of back ache-inducing breasts, or to have a post-mastectomy reconstruction, the recovery period is as important as the procedure itself. Here are four ways in which you can help your body heal after your breast surgery.

1. Understand the potential risks.

In order to take care of yourself and to resist the temptation of rushing back into your busy life before you are ready, it is useful to understand how the healing process works – and what can go wrong. During your Warwickshire breast surgery consultation, Mr Alan Park will explain the potential risks and complications in detail, and will gladly answer any questions you have.

2. Plan ahead.

In the aftermath of surgery, you will be recovering not only from the effects of a general anaesthetic but will, initially, have limitations on certain movements, including stretching and lifting heavy objects. Getting organised ahead of your breast surgery will enable you to focus your efforts on recuperation rather than keeping everyone else well. Book time off work, fill the freezer with nutritious meals, arrange help on the domestic front – childcare, dog walking, housework, etc.

3. Follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions.

Mr Park sends his Warwickshire patients home with comprehensive guidelines, covering wound care, compression garments to support healing and activities to avoid. By adhering this advice, you can minimise the risk of post-op complications.

4. Allow yourself time.

Some people find it very hard not to leap straight back into a hectic schedule – but in doing so, they are not doing their bodies any favours. Good aftercare, rest and even sleep are all essential to a comprehensive recovery. Not only will you feel better for it, but you will optimise the aesthetic results, too.