Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Recovering From Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the more invasive types of surgeries in the cosmetic realm. It is a very safe procedure and, when performed by a good doctor, it is also a very low-risk procedure. However, it does take time to recover from having it. Only your doctor will be able to give you an indication of what specifically will occur in your case. However, after you are wheeled out of the surgery, you will be in the hands of nurses and doctors to help you during that initial period. But, what happens when it is time to discharge from that facility?

Overnight Stay

In some cases, an overnight stay is in order at the hospital after a patient has breast augmentation. This is the decision of your doctor and often it can be the easiest way for you to recoup in the 24 hours after your procedure. You will be then released into the care of a caregiver and will continue to recover from your home or at another facility.

Discharge Options

Not all patients will go directly home after leaving the recovery facility after having breast augmentation. You and your doctor can discuss the options that may work for your situation. Your doctor will provide you with very specific steps to take to ensure that you have the ability to heal well. You do have some options.

You may go home. Many people will be released into the care of a family member, friend, or another responsible adult. You may even wish to hire a professional caregiver to help you for a few days at home. This professional will help to ensure that you are healing well and is there to help avoid any complications. Whomever you do bring in with you must stay with you for at least 24 hours. You should not be alone before this.

Another option is to go to a licensed recovery facility. These facilities are post-surgical sites where you are able to stay in a room for several days or for as long as your doctor requires. These facilities have trained nurses and medical professionals who will monitor your health and who will provide you with help when needed. A hotel or spa may be another option, too. Some facilities have licensed healthcare professionals on staff who can help you to get the rest you need, while there is still someone on hand to help with monitoring your health and providing you with help.

Breast augmentation recovery does not usually take long. Within a few days, you will be feeling well enough to move around easily. However, you should follow your doctor's directions on when and how to get the help you need, including any follow-up appointments. Most patients progress well and end up with good results.

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