Do you ever walk down your favorite New Jersey beach, see other people, and wish that your breasts were larger? If so, you may be a good candidate for breast enlargement in NJ at the office of Dr. Gregory E Rauscher, M.D. in Hackensack, NJ. However, women are often wary of cosmetic procedures because they worry about the amount of time they will need to take off from work to recover. Here’s what you need to know about post-op recovery time.
How Long Does It Take To Recover After a Breast Enlargement?
Typically, it takes between four and six weeks to recover from breast enlargement. However, you won’t have to take four to six weeks off from work. In fact, you don’t even need to spend most of your recovery period sitting at home.
If your work is sedentary in nature, you will only need to take three to five days off from going into the office. However, you may need to take between seven and 10 days off from work if you have a job that is more physically demanding.
What Can I Do To Make My Recovery Go Smoother?
To make your recovery go as smoothly as possible, you need to make taking care of yourself your number one priority. If you have a partner, parent, pet, or child you usually care for, this can be difficult. However, the short-term sacrifice is well worth the long-term reward. Here’s a look at some of the things you can do to take care of yourself that will help your recovery go smoother.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Drinking enough fluids is one of the most important recovery steps you can take. You may not notice it, but when you’re dehydrated, you start to become sluggish. Dehydration affects every system in your body, including your brain, leading to brain fog (a lack of mental clarity). Unfortunately, your skin’s ability to produce collagen, just like your ability to think clearly, requires water.
Just like your cognitive function slowly declines when you don’t drink enough water, your skin’s collagen production capacity drops. This affects your recovery because collagen is the protein that your skin uses to heal itself from the incisions made to insert the implants. As a general rule, you should aim to drink half of a gallon of water daily. Specifically, you should drink enough hydrating fluids that your urine is never dark or clear.
Getting Plenty of Sleep
Getting plenty of sleep is another incredibly important recovery step you can take to ensure your Breast Enlargement NJ recovery goes as smoothly as possible. It is during the final phase of each sleep cycle that most of your body’s healing occurs. Therefore, you should spend as much time as you can in the sleep cycle’s final phase. Usually, getting 7.5 hours of sleep nightly is sufficient for adults.
However, your goal should be to sleep for nine hours nightly. Your recovery will also go smoother if you take 90-minute naps whenever you feel too tired. It is advisable to take 90-minute naps because it usually takes this long to go through an entire cycle of sleep. Regardless of when you wake up during the sleep cycle, you will start back at the first stage when you fall back asleep.
Eating nutritiously will also go a long way to speed up your recovery process. Like any other protein cell in your body, your skin needs amino acids to produce collagen. While you can take amino acid supplements, they are not very bioavailable. In other words, your body won’t be able to break them down and use them efficiently. Make a point to eat at least 45 grams of protein daily during your recovery.
This will ensure that you consume enough amino acids for your body to build enough collagen to facilitate a speedy recovery. It is also important that you eat plenty of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C. Like amino acids, you need to get enough vitamin C in your diet to make enough collagen. Citrus fruits are a great choice for vitamin C. Kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and spinach are also great choices, because they’re packed with protein.
Walking helps to facilitate a rapid recovery because it is good for your circulation. A solid circulatory system is required for a rapid recovery because your blood doesn’t just carry essential nutrients to the incision sites. It also carries human growth factors that play a critical role in healing. Do your best to walk for at least 30 minutes per day once you’re feeling up to it.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
All told, your breast enlargement NJ recovery may take between four and six weeks to complete. However, if you have a desk job, you shouldn’t need to take more than three to five days off from work to dedicate to your recovery. If you think taking a week or two off from work is reasonable in exchange for the body of your dreams, contact us today at the office of Dr. Gregory E. Rauscher, M.D. in Hackensack, NJ today to schedule an appointment.