Patients often ask, “What should I expect during breast augmentation recovery?” Since each operation is unique to the individual, the recovery process will be different for each patient as well. Recovery times will vary depending on the patient’s age, their health prior to surgery, and the extent to which they follow their surgeon’s post-operative instructions. But the basic surgical recovery process will be fairly similar for any breast augmentation surgery so we will review that process here.
Immediately After Surgery
Immediately after your operation, you will likely be asked to wear a surgical garment to support the area and minimize swelling. Drainage tubes may also be used in some cases to further reduce swelling, distortion, and pain.
It is important to wear the surgical bra/band at all times to make sure you heal properly. In addition, follow all instructions given by your surgeon, including taking medications and following limitations they set on your physical activity.
Right after surgery, it’s common to feel moderate pain. This can be managed with pain medications. In general, your pain will probably diminish rapidly as breast augmentation recovery is generally fairly quick. A typical recovery timeline would look something like this:
- 2 days—avoid showering and get plenty of rest
- 1 week—most patients can return to low-impact activity, but should avoid any action that is strenuous or disturbs the surgical area
- 2 weeks—you’ll start to feel normal again, but should still avoid strenuous exercise
- 4 weeks—most gentle exercises are okay at this point
- 6 weeks—recovery is typically complete after six weeks
Throughout the process, the implants will settle, softening and taking on a more natural appearance. By about six weeks, they should feel completely natural.
To help your breast augmentation recovery process go smoother, there are a few things you can do. These include:
- Get plenty of rest, especially during the first week
- Sleep on your back and prop yourself up with pillows
- Get plenty of nutrients through light, healthy meals
- Avoid any activity that may disturb the surgical region
- Don’t try to examine your scars since that could reopen the wounds
- Follow all postoperative instructions from your surgeon
A board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Pollock at North Dallas Plastic Surgery will advise you on any other steps you should take after breast augmentation surgery.