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.
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:
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.