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Don't Be A Boob! Guide To Understanding Recovery Time And Relieving Pain Naturally

by Claire Ward

From a rhinoplasty and face lift to collagen injection and calf implants, there are many surgical cosmetic enhancements available for patients of all ages. Of course, certain procedures have become more popular in recent years. In 2013 alone, an estimated 300,000 women and teenagers utilized implant surgery to enhance the look and size of their breasts. If you are considering breast implants, use this guide to understand the recovery process.

Recovery 101

Many patients believe they can resume daily activities immediately after receiving their implants, but doing so can lead to an increased recovery time and unnecessary discomfort. After your surgery, you will need 24 to 48 hours of complete rest. In addition, you should limit physical activity including strenuous exercise for a few weeks after your surgery.  Use the following tips during this period to ensure proper healing:

  • Unless instructed differently by your surgeon, change your gauze and bandages twice per day.
  • Wash incision sites with gentle soap and apply a thin layer of antibacterial ointment each day.
  • Wear a support bra all through the day for a period of a week. This reduces the redness and swelling on and around your bust area.

Without following your surgeon's instructions, serious issues could occur. In some cases, patients who did not allow ample recovery time experienced bleeding at the incision sites, painful scar tissue, and serious infections. These issues are not only painful, but they will require additional procedures and medications to treat.

By following your surgeon's instructions, your body will heal in a healthy, efficient manner.

Holistic Help for Pain

After your surgery, your doctor will most likely prescribe a medication to reduce your pain. Although effective for most people, prescription pain relievers only mask your pain. However, feeling a small amount of discomfort is actually helpful during your recovery process.

Each day, document your pain in a notebook. Use a number scale to determine how severe your pain is each day. You may experience intense pain at a 10 rating a few hours after surgery, but a mid-grade level of 4 after a few days. Using this scale will help you and your doctor see how recovery is progressing.

Various forms of hydrotherapy are excellent options for reducing the swelling and discomfort after surgery. For fast relief a few hours after surgery, place a cold gel pack on the side of your breast. Hold it in place for about 10 minutes.

A few days after your surgery, utilize a warm compress on your breasts for 10 minutes every few hours. The warm compress will reduce bruising, increase blood circulation, and relax any stiff muscles. Do not place cold or warm compresses directly on your incision site.

Natural Tips for Nausea

Postoperative nausea and vomiting, or PONV, is one of the most common problems for patients after surgery. Your surgeon may prescribe an anti-nausea medication, but the following tips can help reduce this discomfort after your surgery:

  • Fluids – Drinking plenty of fluids before and after your surgery is imperative to prevent PONV. Your surgeon will allow you to drink clear liquids up to 2 hours before your surgery. After surgery, proper hydration is key to reducing your nausea at home.
  • Ginger – Ginger root neutralizes stomach acids and relaxes gastrointestinal muscles. Visit your local health foods store to purchase a fresh root of ginger. Nibble on the ginger root to relieve your nausea throughout the day.
  • Lemon – For instant relief of your nausea, use lemon. The strong aroma of a fresh lemon calms anxiety and your stomach muscles. Slice a lemon and hold one half against your nose to experience the strong aroma.

Enhancing the size and shape of your breasts can do wonders for your appeal and self-esteem, but proper care and recovery time is imperative. With this guide on natural recovery, you and your implants will heal properly.  


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A few years ago, my father visited a dermatologist for the first time in his life. During this visit, he was diagnosed with several skin cancers. Thankfully, my dad’s dermatologist expertly removed these cancerous spots. If you’ve haven’t visited a dermatologist before, consider doing so sooner rather than later. Many forms of skin cancer are completely treatable if they’re detected early. Besides seeing a dermatologist, you should inspect your skin for any changes regularly. This is especially important if you have numerous moles on your body. On this blog, I hope you will discover ingenious tips to help you protect your health. Enjoy!