Breast augmentation surgery is a great way to increase the size and fullness of your breasts. This is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures, so you are not alone if you choose to go this route. Here’s what you need to know about the recovery process, how you’ll feel, and how to care for your new breasts after your surgery.
You’ll be placed under general anesthesia for the duration of the procedure, so you’ll likely feel a bit groggy when you wake up. You’ll need someone to drive you home afterward, as it will be unsafe for you to drive yourself.
The earliest days after your surgery are typically the most uncomfortable, and you may experience significant pressure in the chest area. To help you feel more comfortable during your recovery, your doctor can prescribe you pain relievers and muscle relaxers. During this period, it is best to take it easy, avoiding any strenuous activity. After the first few days, you will likely find that the worst of the pain has subsided and that you can head back to work, assuming that you don’t have to perform physical labor in your job.
Over the next couple of weeks, you’ll be able to resume many of your daily activities, including walking, personal care, and simple chores. This is the most important phase of the recovery process, as it is when the implants settle into place. Throughout this period, you’ll need to massage your breasts for 5 minutes each, twice a day, to help them settle into the appropriate location. Start with a light touch, then work up to a firmer massage over the next few weeks.
After the first couple of weeks have passed, your doctor will likely clear you to resume most of your regular activities, including light exercise. More strenuous exercise will typically have to wait a few more weeks. With smaller implants measuring 400 ccs or less, you’ll typically be fully cleared by eight weeks post-surgery. For larger implants, you’ll need a bit more recovery time. Your doctor will most likely clear you by 12 weeks after your surgery.
Understandably, patients considering breast augmentation surgery often have many different questions about what to expect during the recovery process. We believe very strongly in helping each patient feel confident, well-informed, and ready to move forward with breast augmentation. Our team is always happy to answer any questions you may have.
Here are some of the commonly-asked questions we receive regarding breast augmentation recovery:
It’s normal to have moderate pain for one to five days after the surgery, at which point it typically begins to reside. Expect mild to moderate soreness for a few weeks or so.
Because each patient’s pain threshold is different, your pain level during the recovery process will be unique to you. However, the majority of patients report mild to moderate pain for a few days after the surgery, but find significant relief with the use of the prescribed pain relievers.
Yes. Mild swelling is to be expected after a breast augmentation procedure. You may experience swelling in the area for up to three or four weeks after your surgery.
If you notice that you’re running a fever, or detect warmth and/or redness in the breast area, you should contact your doctor. These symptoms could be signs of an infection, and it’s essential to act quickly to resolve any potential issues. Other symptoms to watch for include chest pain (different from the recovery pain of surgery) or shortness of breath.
While every patient’s personal healing time will vary slightly, the average recovery time for breast augmentation is about eight weeks.
There are several things you can do to make the healing process as short and simple and possible, optimizing your recovery for the best possible results.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning for your breast augmentation recovery:
Follow all of Dr. Streitmann’s post-procedure instructions, and don’t hesitate to contact the office with any questions or concerns.
If you are contemplating breast augmentation surgery, call the offices of Dr. Michael J. Streitmann, a board-certified Houston plastic surgeon. We’ll start with a free consultation to discuss your goals for the procedure and to determine if you are a candidate. Dr. Streitmann will take the time to discuss the procedure and recovery process with you in greater detail, as well as answer any questions you may have.
Get in touch with us today to book your free consultation with the top plastic surgeon in Houston, The Woodlands, and Conroe, Texas.
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