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How to recover faster from breast implant surgery


How to recover faster from breast implant surgery

It’s been a heck of a ride and I’ve learned so much along the way as I navigated the waters of my new breast implants. I feel like I learned so much that I just HAVE to share all my tips for faster recovery from breast implants with you! So that if you too decide to get it done, you’ll have a few tricks under your sleeve to make your recovery even faster.

Tips for faster recovery from breast implants -

Tips for faster recovery from breast implants

Before your breast augmentation surgery

Before you get home

  • Make sure to have water and bendy straws. It’s frustrating to go for a drink of water and see that the cup is just an inch too far from you. Also – it’ll hurt to reach for it and tip the glass. 
  • Create a nest of pillows for comfort and support. I recommend a bed rest pillow because it holds you in one place like a cocoon.
  • Set up an appointment at a hair salon so you can get your hair washed the week after your surgery.
  • Have button shirts available, or if you’re running low, then grab men’s shirts.
  • Buy a puzzle or create a list of ways to keep busy
  • Switch to Dove Dry Spray in place of your regular deodorant because this aerosol deodorant will help you apply deodorant quickly and painlessly.
  • Get your underarms waxed because you won’t really be able to do that the weeks following the surgery, and even shaving will hurt.

At home breast implant recovery

  • Sleep well elevated to avoid swelling.
  • Place your pills in pill planner box because opening the pill containers will make your chest hurt.
  • Use a safety pin to keep the breast wrap in place (if you’re asked to use one).
  • Your breast will hurt when you get too cold. Keep them warm by crossing your arms as you go through the grocery store or wear breast pads in your bra.
  • Keep your breasts clean with Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water, especially because you cannot use the shower head to do so. Wipe off with a cotton ball.
  • Use bar soap to wash your hands and body because the soap pump will strain your chest muscles.
  • Use the cool setting on your blow dryer to dry off the bandages. this way they won’t fall off before they’re supposed to.

Get a visual on some of the tips mentioned above in my week 4 video update below!

Watch: Breast augmentation Week 4 update

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with CosmetiCare. All thoughts and ideas remain my own.

Pattie Cordova is founder of Cordova Media Group, LLC, a boutique social media consulting firm that develops and creates social media strategies for businesses. She manages and is EIC for LMVL SoCal. In her spare time (what little there is LOL) she enjoys working out, hanging out with her family (two chiclets and a Hubster) and traveling.



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  2. Alexedward

    December 31, 2016 at 7:21 am

    It is necessary to stop smoking and using any nicotine containing products at least 3-4 weeks before a breast augmentation procedure. Smoking causes vasoconstriction so it decreases the amount of oxygen in the blood and decreases the amount of blood travelling to the body tissues. Smoking and use of nicotine can cause wound formation, high rates of capsular contracture, aging of skin and the collagen break down.

  3. Alexedward

    June 17, 2017 at 5:49 am

    After Breast Augmentation you must do the following

    (1) Only if instructed by your doctor, remove bra, bandages, and take a full shower on a daily basis.
    (2 )Do not take a bath, sauna, or Jacuzzi.
    (3) After shower, dry the special tape over your incisions with a blow dryer.
    (4) Do not apply body lotion after breast implants.
    (5) Wear surgical bra with no underwire and no tight bands, and loose cloths.
    If you have ace bandages as part of your dressing, replace them after wearing your bra.

  4. breast augmentation

    September 8, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Thank you for the tips. i will keep these tips in my mind. I just had my breast augmentation. Now i’ll try to follow your tips for fast recovery.

  5. Barbera Peters

    September 12, 2017 at 7:12 am

    My mom has recently decided to have a breast augmentation surgery and I wanted to see what tips I should know when helping her recover. You mentioned that once you are home you should have button shirts available and to have your pills in a planner box so that you do not have to open the bottles yourself. That is a great idea for me to keep in mind while my mom finds a place to get her surgery done.

  6. Jeremy Thompson

    February 16, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing some tips on how to recover faster after a breast surgery! My wife is planning to have a breast surgery done to herself as she wishes to sculpt her body more attuned to her taste. Your advice to have the underarms waxed before the surgery as it could potentially be hard for them to do this once the operation is done for weeks will be very beneficial for her to learn first. That should help her better prepare for what is to come. Hopefully, she’ll be satisfied with the results of her cosmetic surgery.

    • Pattie Cordova

      February 27, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you so much!!! Wishing her a speedy recovery.

  7. Aleshire Mueller

    July 2, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    It was really nice that you mentioned how important it is to have a cleaning product available to clean the breasts with since the person won’t be able to take a complete bath. I will mention this to my sister since she is the one who will be undergoing a breast augmentation surgery soon. It was nice to know about a way to keep her body clean since she really does not like the idea of being dirty and sweaty. Thanks!

  8. Mina Edinburgh

    July 6, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    I appreciate it when you said that after the implants, the breasts will hurt when exposed to the cold, so it is best to keep them warm by crossing the arms together. That is actually a pretty good tip considering that my friend loves to spend countless hours walking around the convenience store or grocery store. I will mention this to her since she intends to get implants sometime this month. Thanks.

  9. Duncan Lance

    August 8, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks for the great advice, my wife is planning to get breast augmentation surgery and I’ve been looking for ways to help her recover. I will definitely have to jeep what you say about sleeping elevated in mind. After all, she likes to roll in her sleep, so that is definitely something that I will have to help her avoid.

  10. Duncan Lance

    November 13, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for the great advice, my wife is planning to get some breast implants and I’ve been looking for ways to help her afterwords. I do like that you suggest finding a way to keep busy during the recover. Of course, our kids will want to help with that, but I’ll have to make sure that they don’t overwhelm her.

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