breast augmentation recovery

Breast Augmentation: What is Recovery REALLY Like?

The biggest question potential patients ask during a consultation is…

What will my breast augmentation recovery be like?

While recovery varies from patient to patient, there are a few things that every patient can expect to experience.

  • You can expect to be a bit groggy on surgery day – Our breast augmentation procedures are performed under general anesthesia which can take some time to completely wear off.  You will need to have someone drive you home and help you rest on the day of your procedure.
  • You will receive aftercare instructions from your surgeon – At your in-office, pre-operative visit, you will be given detailed instructions for your care after surgery.  These instructions will include how to care for your incisions, how to care for your body as it heals, and ways to remain comfortable throughout the process.  It is important that you follow these instructions in order to minimize recovery time and maximize your results.
  • You will be given prescription medication for pain – While oral medication to relieve pain will be prescribed, many people report switching to an over-the-counter pain relief medication within a few days.   Your surgeon will discuss any prescription medications during your preoperative visit.
  • Most patients return to light activity in a few days  – Within about 4 days, most patients can resume light regular activity: driving, working at a desk job, light housework.  However, it is important to listen to your body during this time.  If you are tired, rest.  Your energy will return slowly over time.  If you experience unusual pain or redness during this time, contact your surgeon.
  • It takes about 2 weeks to begin feeling like normal – While your energy levels may rebound during this time, it is important to follow all of your surgeon’s aftercare instructions.  Do not resume aerobic exercise until you are given the go-ahead during a follow-up visit.
  • 4-6 weeks after surgery, you can begin working out your chest and upper body – Even though most people are able to resume aerobic exercise after 3-4 weeks, they are still instructed to not work the upper body at all for at least 4-6 weeks to ensure tissues and sutures have been given enough time to heal.
  • 3-6 months after surgery, your implants have settled into position and your results are taking shape! At this point, it is time to go shopping for new clothes that show off your new curves!

Breast augmentation recovery does not have to be scary.  The surgeons at Belcara Health guide their patients every step of the way and remain in close contact throughout their experience.  For more information, contact Belcara Health today for a breast augmentation consultation.

Our Practitioners Who Specialize in Breast Augmentation

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Dr. Michael D. Cohen

Medical Director, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Breast Specialist

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Dr. Gary A. Vela

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Body Contouring Specialist

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