What to expect during breast augmentation recovery

What to expect during breast augmentation recovery

01st Aug 2017

The breast augmentation procedure is performed quite frequently nowadays with more and more women requesting it. More women want to have bigger, perkier breasts. While most women might have already researched everything there is to know about the breast augmentation procedure, there are still questions that need to be addressed before making the appointment to undergo surgery.

When considering the breast augmentation procedure, it is important to discuss the operative plan as well as all the details about the methods and techniques that will be used during the surgery.

On the other hand, it is just as important to discuss and be aware of what you have to expect and do during the recovery period. Many patients have confided and found the recovery period surprisingly short, whereas others complained about the discomfort and the special care they needed during that time.

Since your recovery period is also crucial to getting the best possible outcomes, this is everything you need to know about what to expect during the recovery process:

The day of the surgery:

For the first hours after the surgery, expect to feel pain and a certain level of discomfort. You will feel groggy and disoriented because of the anesthesia. The plastic surgeon will advise you to try and get out of the bed three to four hours after the procedure was performed. If everything is ok and no complications occur during that time, you will be discharged from the medical facility after 8 hours. If your procedure was performed in the evening, it might be necessary for you to spend the night in the medical facility. Strolling around the house is recommended even from day one, as our goal is to make your metabolism function normally. Of course, the plastic surgeon will suggest you to avoid lifting your arms, especially if your breast implants were placed under the pectoral muscle.

To avoid the swelling of the breasts, it is recommended to apply ice packs on the bust area, but make sure to apply them on a piece of cloth and not directly onto the skin of the breasts.

The patient will be required to wear a special bra to support their newly enhanced breasts. As mentioned, the surgeon recommends the patient to stay active to promote blood flow, but will be prohibited from any type of heavy lifting.

The days after the surgery

Even at just day two, you should already go for short walks, and in about three to four days, you can start driving the car again. Showering is possible after surgery and is recommended. With that said, hot water can stimulate bleeding, so try to avoid taking warm baths and showers for a few days after the surgery. The bandages will be changed twice, a week apart from the surgery.

The pain and discomfort might still be present for the first week, which is why the doctor will prescribe painkillers to manage it. The patient should avoid taking aspirin before and after the surgery as it can prevent blood coagulation and can cause excessive bleeding. For this reason, it is important to disclose all your medical treatments with your doctor before the surgery. You should ask the surgeon’s opinion if you want to take certain medication that was not prescribed.

A week from the surgery:

After a week, the patient may resume their activities at work, as long as they don’t require a great amount of physical effort. In the case of a subglandular mammary implant, the recovery period will be shorter and easier than in the case of an implant placed under the pectoral muscle. Still, don’t be surprised if most experienced plastic surgeons will recommend the sub-muscular placement because they have less complications and the result is more stable and aesthetically pleasing.

A month from the surgery:

Sports activities can be resumed after approximately a month from the surgery. Make sure to start sports gradually with easy exercises. Allow your body enough time to get used to effort again. You can become proficient in sports again during the course of the next two months. Keep in mind that for at least six months after the surgery, you should stay away from lifting weights that involve the pectoral muscle, as well as playing other sports that require a great extension of the arms such as volleyball and tennis. These are all activities that may negatively affect the results if the patient is careless.

Furthermore, the patient will be required to sleep on their back or sides for the first three months after the intervention as well as to wear a special bra, more supportive when exercising. In the meantime, patients should avoid wired bras since the breasts will require a special type of support after the breast augmentation surgery.

It is important to keep in mind that the breasts will be sensitive for a few months, and the patient can encounter discomfort when touching the area around the nipple. Not to worry, this is a good sign and proof that the local nerves are getting back in shape. The final results of the surgery will be visible no sooner than a few months after the surgery once the wounds have healed completely.

Women over 40 years old should have a mammography every two years after the breast augmentation procedure, but make sure to inform the technician performing about your implants. This way, they will be careful in administering the test.


The breast augmentation surgery has become very popular as of late, both in the United States and all over the world. When preparing for the surgery, make sure you know all the details about the recovery period since a successful recovery can increase your chances of having great results. What happens during the recovery period can significantly influence the final result of the surgery.

While you should expect a certain amount of pain and discomfort for the first few days and sometimes even weeks after the breast augmentation, the doctor will prescribe painkillers to control it. Avoiding ample arms movements after breast augmentation surgery is strongly recommended, regardless of the placement of the implant might be.

The results of the surgery are visible immediately after the intervention, but the final results can be evaluated only after a few months to a year of the surgery date.

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