Unleash the secret to speedy breast augmentation recovery

Unleash the secret to speedy breast augmentation recovery

Unleash the secret to speedy breast augmentation recovery

Updated on 12/5/2023
Mai DelacruzBy Mai Delacruz
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In the United States last year, breast augmentation was the number one surgical procedure, making it one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. After breast enhancement procedures, many women report increased self-confidence and happiness, and are extremely satisfied with the results.

In order to prepare for what can be a life-changing experience, patients should know what to expect after surgery and how long it will take to recover fully.

What is the expected recovery time?

Due to the unique nature of every woman's body, there is no exact timeframe for recovery. Women may notice that they feel fine after about a week after surgery, but most surgeons agree that a full recovery can take six weeks or longer.

You will be able to receive a more accurate timeline from your surgeon after he or she assesses your overall health.

Stages of recovery following surgery

The post-operative period

As soon as you wake up from anesthesia, you will likely feel groggy and sore. After a few hours, you should no longer feel like you have a hangover. Your driver will need to stay with you overnight and drive you home.

Five to seven days after birth

It is usually most uncomfortable during the first three to five days after surgery. A pain injection or pain pump may be recommended by your surgeon to ease discomfort during the first 72 hours after surgery.

Many women can manage postoperative discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers after a few days. About a week after surgery, most women can return to desk jobs.

In the coming weeks

It is recommended that patients gradually return to a normal daily routine and light exercise after the first week. In this stage, women should feel little discomfort, but doctors advise them to avoid strenuous activities like running, horseback riding, and rigorous workouts. It is also recommended that they refrain from heavy lifting until they have fully recovered.

A three-week absence from work is recommended for patients with labor-intensive jobs.

Recovery to full capacity

Your doctor can evaluate the progress of your healing at your follow-up appointment.

It is typical for most patients to be cleared to resume normal activities after two months.

In order to ensure that your implants heal properly and do not cause complications, you must closely follow your doctor's care instructions.

How to recover smoothly

The days and weeks following your breast augmentation will be filled with a number of things you should expect.

Initially, you will feel a lot of soreness and swelling. Eventually, it will dissipate naturally. If you wish to reduce the pain and speed up the healing process, we highly recommend investing in a recovery bra or two.

Additionally, these garments provide implant stability, increased circulation, and mild compression to ensure proper lymph drainage after surgery. There are a variety of styles and fabrics to choose from, so you can select one that suits your body type and needs.

Wearing a bra following surgery is mandatory, so look for features like seamless designs, adjustable straps, breathable fabric, and pressure-free fitting bras. Several styles even include bands to aid in accommodating swelling post-op.

Prepare your wardrobe and home before the procedure. Having all your housework, clothes shopping, and meal preparation done beforehand will allow you to rest fully during the first week following surgery. To ensure you have the medications ready as soon as you need them, some doctors recommend filling your pain prescription the day before your procedure.

If you have children, ask a friend to assist you after surgery. As much as possible, plan for assistance in the weeks following your surgery, as you won't be able to pick up small children.

Lastly, get plenty of rest and stock your kitchen with healthy foods and hydrating drinks to speed up your recovery. Your appetite will be sparked by light, easy foods while you are sore and tired.

It's great to see you looking great

You can go into the procedure with the confidence that you'll be able to manage the recovery and your enhanced new profile with the proper knowledge about what to expect during your recovery. However, asking your board-certified plastic surgeon as many questions or voicing any concerns will only improve your overall experience and result.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to recover from breast augmentation?

The recovery time can vary depending on the individual, but most surgeons agree that it takes around six weeks on average.

What should I expect during the recovery process?

You may feel groggy and sore immediately after the surgery. Pain medication will be prescribed and may be given through an injection or pump to ease discomfort for the first 72 hours. The first week may be the most uncomfortable, but most women can manage postoperative pain with over-the-counter medication.

When can I return to work after breast augmentation?

Many women are able to return to desk jobs within a week, however, patients with labor-intensive jobs should plan to take at least three weeks off work.

What activities should I avoid during recovery?

Strenuous or jarring activities such as running, horseback riding, and rigorous workouts should be avoided until full recovery. Heavy lifting should also be avoided.

How can I ensure a smooth recovery process?

Following the doctor's care instructions closely, investing in a recovery bra, preparing your home and wardrobe before the procedure, and having a friend or partner assist you following surgery can help ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

When can I resume normal activities after breast augmentation?

Patients are generally cleared to resume all normal activities after two months. However, it's important to follow the doctor's care instructions and not rush the recovery process.