Even after consulting with your doctor, choosing the right implant type for your lifestyle and size choices, and reading about the procedure, you won't really know how it feels to change your breast size until your actually experience the recovery. Many women, even those who feel like they know what to expect, are surprised that is takes some time to adjust to the "new normal" of breast implants.
If you are considering augmentation, here are some tips that can help you make the after-surgery adjustment go more smoothly.
1. Get Fitted for Supportive Bras
Many women who have smaller cup sizes can easily find a nicely-fitting bra at a local department store without ever needing to get measured. Without much weight, even wearing the wrong band size won't affect your breasts as much.
After you have augmentation surgery, however, the weight and girth of your breasts will require a better fit with much more support. A supportive bra will help with soreness that might come from added weight—some women can experience "cutting in" at the shoulder with thin or rough bra straps that are not well designed.
The right band size will make sure the support for your breasts comes from the bra and your back, instead of just hanging from your shoulders. In fact, a bra that fits well uses straps for stability. If you were to cut the straps, a regular, fitted bra should still stay up from the support of the band alone. Specialty departments or lingerie stores can provide accurate measurements and quality undergarments.
Be sure to wait until the swelling and fluid retention from surgery completely goes down before getting fitted.
2. Ease Into Exercise
If you were an especially active person before choosing implants, you will need to prepare for taking a little time off after your surgery to make sure your scars have healed. Exercise will require some adjustment as well, because a larger chest will take some getting used to, especially for high-impact sports. You should:
• Get a very supportive sports bra designed for larger chests. No longer will a basic stretch bra from an athletic supply store do the trick. Research the best brands, and read consumer reviews. Bras designed for running will typically provide the most stability and decrease bounce.
• Take it slow. If the change between your original size and post-surgery size is drastic, you should be prepared to take it slow for a while. Clock fewer miles, complete workouts in more time or do fewer movements. If you do high-intensity training, do slow and controlled movement for jumps and bounces to help you get used to the difference and how it affects your movement.
• Follow all directions from your surgeon. If you begin to work out before you have healed, you could cause injury or complications. Even after you are cleared to workout, note any abnormal pain you might feel and report it to your doctor.
You should not be discouraged from getting implants because they will not affect your work-out routine forever. After you are used to your new size, you will be able to do everything you did before.
3. Go Shopping
Breast augmentation will affect the way your current clothes fit and it can affect your overall body shape, making some of your clothes obsolete. Wearing ill-fitting clothes can affect your confidence post-surgery.
Instead, research what clothing style will work well with your new shape and budget for some new clothes. You'd be surprised how challenging this can be, but most women are used to dressing a specific way, and they choose new clothes almost unconsciously based on their experiences from the past. Don't be afraid to try on some styles you might not have considered before. You might also need to get some items altered so they fit well.
The most important thing to remember about augmentation is to give it time. Any drastic change to your body will feel strange at first, but after a few weeks or months, they will be a part of you like any other body part. For more information, contact us at the Plastic Surgery Center.