With so many women electing this procedure, there are numerous ways to hear about different recovery experiences, however you need to remember each patient and surgeon is different, therefore so is the recovery. In my precise hands, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll have the best possible surgery outcome.
Generally, the healthier and more physically fit you are, the recovery will be easier for any surgery. Regardless of your health status, it’s important to not rush recovery time, follow your surgeon’s instructions and listen to your body. In this blog, you can learn about what to consider regarding Breast Augmentation surgery recovery and how to make your recovery the best possible experience.
First Couple Days
With Breast Augmentation, I tell everyone to expect a total rest time of 3 to 5 days because this is the period of most inflammation and discomfort. Fortunately, you will have pain meds to help take the edge off, but don’t allow yourself to overdo it. Your movements will be restricted and you shouldn’t drive. I recommend you have an extra person to stay with you and care for you in the beginning.
Definitely no work or much activity during these first couple days. Short walks around the house after day 2 is good to keep the blood flowing and prevent blood clots. But take it real easy, as the breasts are supported by an elastic bandage or special bra and wrapped in gauze to protect the incision sites. While these help with support and swelling, they won’t prevent blood pooling inside if you are too active too early.
Healing varies by person, but if you have a desk job, you can probably go back to work after a week or 2. In 2 to 3 weeks you should be able to wear more normal fitting clothes. You’re going to have to restrain yourself from shopping just yet because you might feel like buying a bunch of pretty new bras for your new shape and size.
Hold off for a bit longer because the breasts will still change as swelling resolves and settling occurs. Don’t be surprised or worry if the swelling has moved lower to your torso by the end of the first week, it should be significantly less by 2 to 3 weeks.
Also, around 3 weeks the nerves start to “wake up” and cause some possible tingling in the nipples, while other areas still feel numb. You shouldn’t need much help from pain medication at this point, but something over the counter can usually do the trick with any lingering discomfort.
After the First Month
Generally around 6 weeks after a Breast Augmentation, you should be able to resume working out, except heavy lifting. By 3 to 6 months you should be used to your new breasts and they should feel comfortable. By 6 to 9 months, almost all swelling should be resolved and in the desired position. Your breasts shouldn’t look too high, but should look settled and natural. The scars will continue to heal and fade by a year to 18 months. How much they disappear will depend on your skin genetics and how well you take care of them.
As you can see, recovery is a process. Along with good self care during recovery, you will be so happy you trusted yourself to the hands of an expertly qualified surgeon like myself. Schedule a Breast Augmentation consultation today at www.davinciplastic.com.
Steven Davison M.D.
Board Certified Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon