Since breast reduction surgery requires some down time from your usual day-to-day routine, you want to make sure that your recovery is as smooth as possible. By preparing for recovery, you can not only reduce the risk of complications, but also ensure that you can get back to your normal activities within a reasonable amount of time. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your breast reduction recovery.
Ask for Some Time Off Work
Generally, most patients are able to return to work two weeks after their surgery. However, if your job requires a lot of physical activity, you may have to wait upwards of four weeks to resume work. Ask for medical leave from your employer before the surgery so that they can process your time off. Dr. Farris can fill out any medical forms requested by your employer.
Have Someone Drive You Home from Your Procedure
Breast reduction surgery requires anesthesia. As a result, you will be unable to drive on the day of your surgery. Ask your spouse, a close friend, or a family member to drive you home after your procedure and monitor you for 24-48 hours. This is to make sure that you don’t have any adverse side effects from anesthesia.
Set Up Your Recovery Space
During the first week of recovery, you will need to rest as much as you can. We suggest setting up an area to rest, such as your bed or couch, that has everything you need within reach. This includes your phone, phone charger, water, food, clothes, and entertainment.
Cook Some Nutritious Meals You Can Reheat
Having foods high in vitamins and minerals will give your body the nutrients it needs to heal properly. However, you probably won’t want to get up and cook during the first week or so. Make some of your meals ahead of time and put them in the freezer so you can microwave them later.
If you are interested in breast reduction surgery or want to know more about the recovery process, call Farris Plastic Surgery today at 214-363-1073 to schedule a consultation. We happily serve patients from our office in Dallas, TX.