Breast augmentation recovery

Breast augmentation recovery

Breast augmentation has been one of the most popular cosmetic procedures around the world for years. Many women report much higher levels of self-confidence and happiness following breast enhancement procedures, and report being extremely satisfied with the results of their surgeries.

Before surgery however, learning what to expect post-surgery and how long it will take for a patient to feel completely recovered can help patients better prepare for what can be a life-transforming experience.

How long does it take to recover from breast augmentation surgery?

In general, recovery from breast augmentation surgery is normally 4 to 6 weeks and
this varies from patient to patient, Placing the implants under the muscle through the subpectoral dual plane usually will take several weeks longer to heal than placing an implant in the retromammary or subglandular plane above the muscle. Swelling and edema can continue for up to 6 to 8 weeks. Our patient's are instructed not to do any heavy lifting for the first 3 weeks to prevent tearing, bleeding, or hematoma, wear sports bras for up to 1 month, as well as an upper pole compression bands in order to bring the implants down to a normal level.

What to Expect Immediately After Breast Augmentation

Taking good care of yourself post-op is extremely important. You need to give your body an optimal amount of time to heal and look its best.

 Here's what you can expect within the first few days after your surgery:

  • Surgery is incredibly taxing on the body. You'll likely feel extremely tired and sore in the days following the procedure. Get plenty of rest.
  • 24 hours after surgery, you may remove the dressings, except for the skin tapes or steri-strips that cover the incisions. Steri-strips are applied with a skin adhesive, so they can be washed over without needing to be removed. Just blot dry with a clean towel. The steri-strips will eventually fall off on their own.
  • You may continue to cover incisions with gauze dressings, as needed, for a week.
  • The chest area may feel tight while the skin adjusts to the implants, which is normal.
  • You may have less feeling in your breasts and nipples in the days immediately following the surgery.
  • Swelling and mild bruising of the breasts is normal after surgery, and will gradually subside over the next several weeks.
  • Your plastic surgeon may start you on breast massage techniques to avoid capsular contracture, speed up recovery and diminish discomfort.
  • Your plastic surgeon may also tell you to wear a soft, yet supportive post-surgical bra, sports bra or wide, elastic bandage around your breasts for help with support and positioning during recovery. Do not wear an underwire bra. The wire can affect the position of the breast implant. Some plastic surgeons advise patients not to wear a bra at all. Follow your surgeon's instructions.

  • If instructed to wear a bra or compression bandage, remove it to bathe, but put it back on immediately after.
  • Most plastic surgeons will allow patients to shower 24 hours after surgery, but they will request that still water be avoided for 2 weeks after surgery. This includes bath water, swimming pools, hot tubs, whirlpools, lakes, oceans, etc.
  • Many patients return back to work and their daily routine within days of the surgery.
  • If you are sent home with drains, empty the drainage bulb and record the amount of fluid three times per day. It is important to record the amount because this will tell your surgeon when the drains are ready to be removed.

10 best augmentation tips

1.   Secure a ride home after surgery, and someone to stay with you for at least the first 24 hours, preferably the first 48 hours.

2.   Don’t use pain medication on an empty stomach. Eating crackers, toast, or other small items may prevent nausea.

3.   Sleep on your back or on your sides. No stomach sleeping.  You won’t likely do this anyway because of related pain, but if you do, implants may displace.

4.   Advance your diet as you are able.  Drink water and/or other fluids.

5. Constipation is possible, and usually related to your pain medication and anesthesia.  Prevention is the best treatment, so only use as much medication as needed.

6.   Avoid strenuous activity after your procedure.  Exercise and physical work should resume and progress as you’re able to do so without pain.

7.   If you develop a rash or think you’re having an allergic reaction, call Dr. Laverson immediately.

8.   Avoid using over the counter scar creams or ointments on the incision after surgery.

9.   Expect swelling for weeks to months.  An entire year may elapse for your breasts to assume their final shape, size, and position.

10.   Maintain your optimism, and a positive attitude.

10 common question about breast augmentation recovery

1How long does it take to recover from a breast augmentation?
one to two weeks Recovery from breast augmentation typically takes one to two weeks. Your breasts will be swollen and sore for several days after breast augmentation surgery. You will need to limit your activity for several weeks. By week 6 you should be able to resume normal activities.
2How painful is breast augmentation recovery?
Pain and discomfort are common after breast augmentation surgery. You're likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery. ... The recovery period is only about 2 to 3 days for most patients before they return to daily activities and have minimal need for pain medication.
3What should I expect after breast augmentation?
The chest area may feel tight while the skin adjusts to the implants, which is normal. You may have less feeling in your breasts and nipples in the days immediately following the surgery. Swelling and mild bruising of the breasts is normal after surgery, and will gradually subside over the next several weeks.
4How can I make my breast implants heal faster?
Keep in mind these four tips for a healthy recovery following your breast augmentation. Plan for assistance. While breast augmentation recovery is not extremely difficult, you will have just undergone major surgery. ... Proper pain management. ... Get plenty of rest and sleep. ... Have plenty of light, healthy foods and water at home.
5When can I stop wearing a bra after breast augmentation?
Your doctor recommends you continue taking the multivitamin for six weeks after your surgery, and even longer if you are able to do so, to promote your overall healthiness. ... You will need to wear a sports bra with no under wire for 6 weeks, or until the doctor says you are clear to start wearing a regular bra.
6How should I sleep after breast augmentation?
It is often recommended to sleep on your back and slightly sat up for a while. It reduces swelling, enhances circulation and keeps the breasts in the most natural position as they heal even when wearing a bra. Learning to sleep soundly in a new position doesn't happen overnight. Practice sleeping on your back.
7When can I drive after breast augmentation?
The day of your breast augmentation, we require someone to drive you home. But if you are wondering how long after breast augmentation you can drive, most people are driving within a week. The reason we recommend that you wait at least a week after breast augmentation to drive is mainly a safety issue.
8How long does tightness last after breast augmentation?
How long this lasts: Typically, the more intense discomfort from tightness dissipates over the first one to two weeks after surgery; however, you may experience mild feelings of stiffness and tightness in the chest muscles for a month or longer.
9When can I lay on my side after breast augmentation?
If you normally sleep on your stomach or side, it's a good idea to practice sleeping on your back at least a week before your surgery. Try placing pillows on each side of your body to keep you positioned correctly. If you catch yourself on your stomach or side, don't give in. Always roll back onto your back.
10Is getting a breast augmentation worth it?
Breast augmentation. More than 364,000 women will get implants this year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; that's an increase of nearly 40 percent from just five years ago. Yet surprisingly little good, unbiased information is out there about the procedure.


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