By Sacha Obaid
After much discussion, your loved one has finally decided to get breast implant surgery. With her operation coming up, you may be feeling some anxiety regarding how to best support her in the days and weeks following her operation. Don’t worry—it’s completely normal.
Here are some tips for supporting your loved one after her procedure:
Follow the Doctor’s Instructions
First, get familiar with the surgeon’s post-op instructions. You should be familiar with the dosage of her pain medication, and learn how to apply dressings and perform a sponge bath. If possible, attend one of her consultations with the surgeon so that any questions you have can be addressed in advance.
Both your loved one and her doctor will appreciate this show of support. You’ll also feel your own confidence as a caregiver increase. Who knows: you may even be able to avoid a panicked call to the surgeon in the middle of the night!
Avoid Contact with Her Breasts Until She is Ready
If the patient is your wife or girlfriend, make sure to wait until her breasts have healed before touching them. You should give her ample time to adjust physically, mentally, and emotionally to her new figure before engaging in sexual contact.
Even if you aren’t involved with the patient in a romantic way, you should be aware that she may be experiencing some breast soreness and that direct physical contact with that part of her body may initially be painful.
Don’t Hesitate to Ask for Help
You don’t have to support your loved one alone; in truth, you probably shouldn’t even try. The caregiver-patient relationship is a unique one that differs quite a bit from a romantic relationship or even a close friendship.
To prevent yourself from getting frustrated, it’s a good idea to make arrangements in advance with a family member or a friend that she trusts to help out with her recovery so that you can take a break when you need it.
After her breast implant surgery, your loved one is going to need you to provide unwavering support of her decision. Surgery can take a toll on people emotionally, and you have to stay positive around her throughout her recovery.
Give her the space to express her feelings while offering encouragement and reassurance. As she gains confidence in her new body, suggest shopping with her for flashy new bras and outfits to fit her new figure. Your enthusiasm for the exciting reality of her post-op body will go a long way toward accelerating her full recovery.