Known as one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation surgery can be a life changing choice for women. While this surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis, in order to achieve the best possible outcome, it is important to set expectations during each stage of the recovery phase. Depending upon the severity of the procedure and the number of available options of implant types, the recovery experience will vary. By following the instructions and recommendations provided by your surgeon and setting expectations that are realistic for your procedure, you can look forward to a positive outcome which is of utmost importance to patients.
How Long is the Recovery Time For Breast Augmentation?
There are a number of factors that will affect recovery time after breast augmentation:
- Hormonal levels
- Size of breasts
- Elasticity of the skin
- Overall physical condition
- Stress level
Additionally, choosing a highly experienced plastic surgeon that you can trust will have a tremendous impact on the overall recovery experience. A quality surgeon will be skilled in the latest minimally evasive surgical techniques and professional judgment to properly assess a patient and perform the procedure with limited scarring and strategic suture placement.
Recovery Day One – Two
The entire breast augmentation surgery procedure is typically completed within 2 to 3 hours and is performed on an outpatient basis at our surgery center. After the surgical procedure is performed, you will be transferred to a recovery room where you will be attended by our after care recovery staff until the affects of the general anesthesia have work off.
Upon awakening and after receiving approval, you will be released to a friend or family member to be transferred to your home to continue the recovery process. It is normal to feel fatigued and drowsy with the need for sleep which we strongly encourage. For greater comfort, we highly recommend sleeping in an inclined position on your back at a 30 -40 degree angle. It is important to understand physical activity should be minimized in order to begin the process of healing.
Take care to not obstruct the thin drainage tubes designed to drain excess blood and body fluids for the first 48 hours post surgery. If necessary, take prescribed pain medication for any discomfort as needed. Base on the surgeons’ permission, you can shower, typically two days after surgery.
Recovery Weeks Two – Six
Continue to wear the provided compression bra for a total of 24 hours per day throughout the entire recovery period, avoiding pressure or impact to the chest. No driving should occur until all prescription medication has been completed. The goal is to prevent unnecessary strain being placed on the incisions.
Many patients may be able to return to work a week after their breast augmentation procedure. Stitches are typically removed between weeks 2 – 3 weeks. In some cases absorbable stitches are used. While no strenuous exercise is recommended, light exercise can occur after week three of recovery. We suggest the use of a well fitted, padded support sports bra. Please do not attempt to lift objects over your head until after week six.
It is important to remember that by following these instructions, refraining from smoking and not rushing the recovery process, you can achieve the best possible results and outcome.