Recovery after cosmetic surgery has a tremendous impact on aesthetic results, not to mention affecting patients’ emotional well-being in addition to the physical healing process. A positive recovery after breast augmentation is essential to ensuring the optimum outcome.
Setting the Stage for Expectations
Although the healing process doesn’t begin until after surgery, it is a good idea to set up clear patient expectations well before beginning the actual recovery period; knowing what to expect is a huge stress reliever and helps patients get into the right mindset. For example, patients notice more discomfort with larger breast implants, as well as sub-muscular placement. If either of these options is incorporated into the surgery, it is a good idea to let the patient know that their recovery may feel more intense at first. This helps them feel prepared and empowered rather than caught off-guard in those first few days after surgery.
Keeping in touch after the procedure, either personally or through your staff, goes a long way toward ensuring that patients feel at ease during the first stages of healing. Before surgery, all the patient focus is on the procedure itself and what their final cup size will be; it’s very normal to inadvertently gloss over the recovery portion of the equation. As such, it is very normal for patients to have a number of questions immediately after surgery. Makings sure that they have access to accurate and informative answers gives them the benefit of a reliable support network that can only aid recovery.