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Breast Augmentation Recovery Information

Stitches in place, bandages wrapped, and anesthesia slowly wearing off. Now that your breast augmentation surgery is finished, you can begin the recovery process. Breast augmentation recovery is something that you should discuss with your doctor and research on your own before going under the knife. Staying informed on how to recover after undergoing cosmetic surgery will help you take the proper steps to get the best results.

Standard Breast Augmentation Recovery Time

Every patient is different, so breast augmentation recovery will vary depending on the person. However, there is a basic breast augmentation recovery timeline that most patients go through.

Day 1 of Breast Augmentation Recovery

The first couple days are usually the most difficult and painful part of the breast augmentation recovery process. Immediately after waking up from surgery, most patients feel tired and they’ll feel soreness in their chest, back and arms. They may feel stiff and the anesthesia can cause dizziness and nausea. Swelling, bruising and pain are common around the incision areas, but general over the counter pain relievers will ease any discomfort. Although, doctors may prescribe some heavier medications to deal with pain, as well as antibiotics to help fight infection. It’s important to avoid anything with aspirin or ibuprofen, since both can cause excessive bleeding. Some patients may need to apply cold compresses to breasts to reduce swelling.

Depending on the post-operative status and the surgeon’s assessment, patients may have to remain at the hospital over night for observation or be asked to stay at a licensed recovery facility. If the patient’s condition is favorable, they can be released to a nearby hotel or spa where they can easily be monitored, or they can go home under the care of a friend or family member.

During the first day of breast augmentation recovery, patients need plenty of rest and should avoid any movement or physical activity. Patients should keep their upper bodies elevated to reduce swelling, so having plenty of pillows is essential. Some patients may have tubes attached after surgery to help with drainage. Gauze or surgical bras will be used to maintain shape and protect the breasts, but those can be removed along with the tubes after a couple days.

Weeks 1 and 2 of Breast Augmentation Recovery

After about 2 weeks, breast augmentation patients will notice a decrease in swelling, bruising, pain and numbness. Scars will still be evident and firm to the touch, but those will slowly fade over time. Each patient’s recovery symptoms will be different. Some may see swelling and bruising clear up after a few days, while others will continue to experience those effects late into the second week of breast augmentation recovery.

At this time of the breast augmentation recovery process, patients can remove the bandages and start wearing their normal clothes, although loose-fitting garments may be the most comfortable and cause less discomfort. Patients should be able to return to their normal routines, but intense or strenuous activity should still be avoided until later in the recovery process, just to be safe. If patients have jobs that do not require heavy lifting and are do not require much activity, then they can return to work within the first two weeks.

First Month of Breast Augmentation Recovery

After 4 weeks, breast augmentation recovery should be complete. Breasts may still be sensitive, but patients should be able to resume their normal activities and daily routines. Incision scars will have faded, but they will never completely disappear. While breast augmentation recovery patients can participate in physical activity, they should try not to over exert themselves, especially if they are still experiencing swelling or discomfort.

Breast Augmentation Recovery Risks and Consideration

Though most patients go through the standard breast augmentation recovery timeline, each person heals differently. It is important to consider all your personal variables that may affect breast augmentation recovery. Certain characteristics can influence breast augmentation recovery time, comfort level and quality. It is essential to consider all the following traits before deciding to have surgery:

  • Age is one of the biggest factors, because our bodies become less effective at repairing as we get older. If you are over the age of 40, you will need to discuss the possible risks of breast augmentation with a certified surgeon.
  • Skin types vary with everyone, and sensitive skin will likely experience bruising, swelling and scarring to a greater degree than others.
  • Medical history is important to discuss with your doctor, especially if you have noted health problems. There are certain illnesses and medications that can greatly affect the length and ease of breast augmentation recovery.

When it comes to personal decisions about the surgery itself, each factor you choose can affect your recovery:

  • Implant Type: Silicone or Saline, they both have their pros and cons. If you choose Saline, an adjustable implant that can be filled and changed post insertion, then your surgery will require smaller incisions, creating less tissue trauma, which can speed recovery time.
  • Breast Placement: Implants placed under the chest muscle makes for a longer, and sometimes more difficult, breast augmentation recovery period. Placing implants below the muscle as opposed to just under the skin calls for more incisions, which can change the course of recovery.
  • Type of Incision: There are 4 kinds of breast augmentation incisions, inframammary (in the breast crease), periareolar (along areola edge), transaxillary (armpit), and TUBA (belly button). Whichever incision you choose will play a factor in your recovery process.

Other things to consider when planning for breast augmentation recovery include getting time off work approved, in-patient accommodation costs and possible complications and side effects.

Planning Your Breast Augmentation Recovery

If you’ve already considered all the elements, done the price calculations in your head, and decided to go ahead with breast augmentation surgery, then a board-certified plastic surgeon will be able to provide you with all the additional information you need to reach your aesthetic goals.

Meeting with a qualified breast augmentation surgeon will give you the opportunity to ask any questions, discuss surgery options and set up a recovery plan that is right for you.



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