Summary: You might worry about breast augmentation recovery in the heat of summer, but there are plenty of surgeons who deal with the intense weather on a daily basis. That’s why we have some tips on how to get the most out of your recovery if you’re dealing with summery weather.
Be Cautious of Breast Augmentation Recovery in the Heat
The summer isn’t a popular time for so-called “boob jobs,” mostly because breast augmentation recovery in the heat can be trying (on many levels). But you have to work with your schedule. Which means that sometimes the summer is going to be your best option. It’s more important, after all, that you be able to take the requisite time off of work than be able to get the ideal weather.
And there are plenty of surgeons that have experience working with the heat. Newport Beach, CA, breast augmentation procedures are always exceptionally popular—and there are few places in the United States that deal with more intense annual heat. Also, Phoenix, AZ, is pretty toasty year round—but there’s no shortage of plastic surgery, breast augmentation included.
Breast augmentation in warm weather is unavoidable for a wide swatch of patients. So we’ve collected some tips on the best ways to recover during the summer months. These tips shouldn’t replace the advice of your surgeon, of course.
Avoid the Pool
Recovery is a time for your body to heal, to return to normal. It’s also when you get your best look at your final results—especially as swelling and bruising start to subside. Many people interpret “recovery” as a synonym for “rest.” And in some ways they’re correct. You should be giving your body time to recuperate, which means spending a significant amount of time off your feet.
But off your feet isn’t the same thing as “in the pool.” Indeed, your surgeon will usually give you quite detailed recovery instructions when it comes to your interactions with water. For example, if you have drains in place to help with swelling, then showering and taking a bath might be out of the question.
The same might be true of spending a significant amount of time in the pool. Additionally, when it comes to breast augmentation recovery, spending time in the pool can slow the rate at which your implants drop to their final position. You’ll want to consult with your surgeon to determine when you can safely start swimming. (We know the pool is tempting in the summer heat, but your surgeon will have the best idea of when you can start this activity.)
Control Your Exposure to Sun
If you can’t swim, you’ll at least bath in the sun, right? Turns out, that’s another not terribly good idea. In fact, most surgeons will advise you to avoid lying out in the sun during your recovery period. There are a couple of very good reasons for this:
- Sweating: If you’re in the sun, you’re in the heat. That means your body is going to start heating up and you’re going to start sweating. Unfortunately, sweating can create several challenges while your body is in recovery. Essentially this can exacerbate swelling and bruising. You’ll want to check with your surgeon to see when the right time to start lying by the pool might be.
- Sun Damage: Sitting out in the sun, protected, is not good for your skin. If you decide the end results are worth it, that’s up to you—you’re an adult! But you should definitely be aware that the incision areas can pick up a lot of that sun, making any scars from your surgery darker. These scars could be darker (and more prominent) for a significant amount of time if they pick up too much sun, so definitely check with your surgeon about when it’s safe to start sunning yourself again.
Don’t Over Exert Yourself
Laying by the pool isn’t exactly “active,” but there’s no getting around how busy summer can be. For many people, summer is the busiest time of the year, complete with vacations and hiking and running and biking and fishing—you name it. If you’re recovering from a plastic surgery procedure such as a breast augmentation, it can suddenly be very easy to over-exert yourself.
Any recovery period, of course, is going to be some combination of active and restful. You want to get enough activity in to ensure your body does not become stiff and unresponsive. But you don’t want to overdo it. You’ll have to be very conscious of this during the summer months, when it can become easy to get caught up in strenuous activity.
Have Air Conditioning Close By
And that brings us to one of the main points: keep cool. If you can, try to spend as much time as possible in an area that is cool and dry. For many people, this will mean spending as much time as possible in a place that is air conditioned. It’s okay to crank up the AC to maintain your comfort and promote your healing.
Above all, listen to the advise of your surgeon and follow all of your recovery instructions. Whether you have your breast augmentation in the heat of summer or the cool of winter, that advice is often the best we can offer.