Stages of Breast Augmentation Recovery

By Dr. Deane on May 7, 2021 under Breast Augmentation

Stages of Breast Augmentation Recovery

Much goes into in a breast augmentation, from the choice of material, the implant’s placement, and handling scarring. This procedure is often combined with a mastopexy procedure (breast lift), which lifts the breasts to a higher position on the chest.

On Finding a Surgeon

Breast augmentation begins with finding the right surgeon, you should always seek out board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Leland Deane. Remember to ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable about the process and surgeon. Preoperative planning may be vital to optimizing results, but you should also anticipate the aspects of recovery in order to ensure a successful and satisfactory outcome.

How Long Does A Full Recovery Take?

While a complete recovery from this procedure requires around six weeks, every patient is unique. Provided below is a breakdown of the entire process:

Acute Recovery

This happens right after the operation. Your breasts will be wrapped and you will be moved to a recovery room, likely groggy and sore for roughly 12 hours. Because you are recovering from anesthesia, you will need someone to transport you home and watch you overnight.

The First 3-5 Days

These will be the most uncomfortable days after surgery. Dr. Deane will inform you how often to take your antibiotics, muscle relaxants, and pain medications for this period. Ideally, you should stop taking strong narcotics after the first few days as they contribute to constipation and slow recovery. While pain is uncommon, most patients mention tightness or muscle ache; hence the call for a muscle relaxant. You will also be told how to handle your incision and what attire to wear. While bruises, swelling, and light bleeding are all common sights around the incision, call your doctor if something feels off.

7 Days

You should have little discomfort with the help of over-the-counter medications. Check with your Dr. Deane before doing so, but most women can return to light-effort activities by now. Anyone working a desk job should be good to return to work and drive. It is advised to engage in 1-2 short walks daily, as this helps with circulation and overall healing.

The Next Few Weeks

This is when things should start returning to normal. The incision heals roughly 10% each week, so exercise, especially of the upper body, or heavy lifting, should be avoided until 4-6 weeks postop. Any patient with a labor-intensive job needs 3-4 weeks off before she returns to work.

Two Months

You should be healed enough for normal activities. Be mindful of your doctor’s instructions so that you can properly heal without complications.

Recovery Tips

  • Run all concerns by your physician before the procedure.
  • Obey all directions regarding medication, attire, and activity.
  • Ask for help from friends and family.
  • Prepare healthy food ahead of time.
  • Get lots of necessary rest.

Schedule a Consultation

As you can see, a breast augmentation is a reliable procedure done by many professionals. If you are interested in this procedure or have more questions, reach out to our office by calling or filling out our online contact form.