The decision to have breast surgery may be one of the best choices you could make for yourself. As the days before your surgery come closer you may be starting to feel a bit nervous about how you’ll feel after surgery and the recovery process, this is completely normal. The best thing you can do to calm your nerves is to be well informed of what to expect during your recovery process.

Your plastic surgeon will discuss all of the dos and don’ts of recovery, having an idea of how you’ll feel beforehand can get your mentally prepared for the process. You should be given a pre and post operative checklist’s to follow before surgery. Be sure to contact your plastic surgeon if you have any questions or concerns.

You should expect to feel quite tired the first few days following your surgery. This is something that very active women sometimes have trouble with. If you’re used to going to the gym, looking after a family and generally leading an active lifestyle, you should understand that you’ll need to schedule time to give your body a rest.

If you have children or pets in your care, consider enlisting the help of a spouse, family member or friend the first few days following your surgery to assist with your typically daily responsibilities. For the next few weeks you should avoid strenuous activities that require the use of your arms or chest, or could raise your blood pressure and pulse. Talk to your surgeon about when you may resume normal activity.

It’s also normal to experience some soreness and tightness in the breast area during the first few days. Your skin and the rest of your body are adjusting to the change and this shouldn’t be anything to worry about. If you are worried the pain is abnormal, consult your plastic surgeon right away.

The recovery period might be a little tough or frustrating for a few days, but if having breast surgery  makes you feel like a more self-assured you, then it will all be worthwhile in the end.shutterstock_173250299