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3 Recovery Tips after Breast Reconstruction

While the recovery after any surgery can be physically and emotionally intense, these feelings can intensify almost exponentially for women who are healing after reconstructive breast surgery. Here are a few tips to help keep your breast reconstruction recovery as stress-free as possible.

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Have Some Help

They say that no (wo)man is an island, and that’s certainly true for anyone recovering from surgery. Don’t be embarrassed to plan for a little extra support during this time, particularly in the early days after your breast reconstruction. This might mean hiring a babysitter to watch the kids, rescheduling important work tasks or asking your husband to take a few vacation days so you have someone around to help out.

Take It Easy

Simply healing takes far more energy than many of us realize, so more than anything else, your body just needs to rest and relax after surgery. I advise my patients to stock up on their favorite take-out menus and plan to watch several titles in their Netflix queue during the first week or two after surgery. While some mild activity, like walking, can be beneficial, it’s critical not to push yourself too quickly, as doing so could actually interfere with your progress.

Follow Doctor’s Orders

Finally, no matter what advice you may read online or hear from friends and family, it’s important for you to follow your surgeon’s post-op orders to the letter. He or she has far more firsthand knowledge about what you can expect during the recovery process, and you should trust that your recovery instructions are issued with your health as a top priority.

Dr. Nirav Savalia


Dr. Savalia is known for the most innovative, advanced breast reconstruction techniques. He is a board certified plastic surgeon and artist who creates the most natural, elegant, personalized aesthetic results. He is as renown for his care and compassion as he is for extraordinary outcomes. This is why he was named one of Orange County’s Physicians of Excellence by his peers.

A Team Approach for the Best Breast Care Possible

Dr. Savalia’s Breast Health Center team includes the finest oncologists, radiation specialists, geneticists, and nurse navigators. Being cared for by an established team is a great advantage for patients.

"I prefer a light-handed approach that leaves my patients looking visibly rejuvenated, not surgically enhanced."

What Dr. Savalia's Patients Are Saying


Dr. Savalia is a very gifted surgeon and has true artistic ability. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Savalia for any type of plastic surgery. He truly exceeded my expectations. I feel very fortunate to have worked with him and his team and if I ever have any need for a plastic surgeon in the future he will be my first choice.

- RIMA, AGE 55

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