Breast augmentation recovery
Many patients have questions about breast augmentation and recovery.
Although many factors are involved with determining your actual recovery time
for breast augmentation, you will likely experience a post-surgical recovery
period of 24 to 48 hours and an additional reduced-activity period of a few
days, you will likely experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks.
Exercise and normal activity can resume at the direction of your plastic
surgeon. Over time, post-surgical swelling will decrease and incision lines will
You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for
your breasts following breast augmentation surgery, medications to apply or take
orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow-up
with your plastic surgeon.
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can
expect during your individual recovery period.
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication will
I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after
surgery? When will they be removed?
- Are stitches removed? When?
- When can
I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
When you go home
If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or
unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these
complications occur after breast augmentation, you may require hospitalization
and additional treatment.
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good
results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be
possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another
surgery may be necessary.
Following your physician’s instructions is key to the success
of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected
to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor
will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.