One of the biggest benefits of breast augmentation is that it can help you look and feel great in a swimsuit. In fact, many women get this surgery — at least in part — because they feel self-conscious wearing tight bikini tops and one-pieces.
That’s where breast augmentation comes in. It can give you a full bust, attractive cleavage, and a whole lot of new clothing options. Here’s everything you need to know about getting breast implants for beach season.
Timing Your Surgery
The first thing to consider is when you are going to schedule your breast augmentation. Keep in mind that the results are not instant. It will take a while for your implants to settle and your body to recover.
You should expect to need about a week of downtime after your procedure. Swelling and bruising will persist longer. It’s important to time your surgery right so that you will heal before your summer plans.
Sun Exposure and Tanning
Unprotected sun exposure and surgical recovery don’t mix well. Before you head to the beach to sunbathe, consider the effect it can have on your results. UV rays can darken your scars, while heat can worsen inflammation and swelling. We advise patients to stay out of the sun for at least a week, wear sunscreen, and think about buying a UPF swimsuit.
Be aware that tanning beds are not a good alternative to sun tanning. They can cause premature aging and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. You may want to look for your golden glow in a bottle of self-tanner instead.
It isn’t safe to submerge surgical incisions before they have fully healed. As a breast augmentation patient, you’ll need to wait at least four to six weeks after your procedure to swim in the ocean.
If you decide to go down to the beach earlier in your recovery, stick to dipping your toes in the water. This is a good way to stay cool while keeping your incisions dry.
Discover More Breast Augmentation Best Practices
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stan Castor knows that breast augmentation patients are eager to hit the beach. He only wants to make sure that you do it safely.
Schedule a complimentary consultation at 813-971-2000 to learn more about post-op best practices. Artisan Aesthetics Plastic Surgery & Laser Center serves Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas of Florida.