The breast augmentation recovery time will vary for each patient and depends upon several factors. Whether the implant is placed sub glandular- above the underlying chest muscles, or sub muscular- behind the pectoral muscle, will greatly affect the recovery time.
The Day of Surgery
Be sure to arrive early, and to have someone available to take you home after surgery. When you come out of the anesthesia, you’ll remain in a recovery room for up to several hours until you are cleared for release.
At home, it’s important that you continue to follow post-surgical instructions carefully. You’ll need to lie on your back to rest, and wear a supportive band 24 hours a day until instructed otherwise. The band helps to support the healing breasts while the healing tissue encapsulates the implants. Depending upon the type of surgery, some pain is to be expected. Take any pain medications as prescribed to help reduce pain and swelling, and expect to rest for at least the first full day after surgery.
Two to Three Weeks Post Surgery
For at least the first week of your breast augmentation recovery, it is recommended that you don’t engage in any heavy lifting or strenuous activities. If you have small children at home, be sure to have someone available to tend to their care for at least a few days. Exercise should be limited to walking for the first two weeks. In weeks three and four, you’ll be cleared for light exercise.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Time – Dr. Rast
Your breast augmentation recovery will take up to a full eight weeks before you’re cleared for heavy exercise (ie, weight lifting or pushups,) but some light exercise, as advised by Dr. Rast, is advisable. Wearing a good, supportive, soft sports-type bra after you’re released from wearing the band daily is the best way to support your breasts as the healing process is completed. The swelling should subside almost entirely within six to eight weeks, but as the implants and tissue settle, it can take up to a year for the final results to appear.