A woman choosing implants and discussing breast augmentation recovery with her surgeon

The Basics of Breast Augmentation Recovery

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgeries. This procedure can help you love the way your body looks. A 2013 study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that 92% of women experienced improved self-esteem after their breast augmentation and 98% said the results either met or exceeded their expectations. Before any surgery, it’s important to consider every aspect of the procedure. This includes discussing and planning for the period of time immediately following surgery. Breast augmentation recovery usually lasts 6 to 8 weeks and you can return to various day-to-day activities at different points during this timeline.

Recovery is Different for Everyone

Before discussing the basics of breast augmentation recovery, it’s important to note that this process is different for every patient. Some factors that influence this include your overall health, the techniques used during your surgery, and your lifestyle. Your plastic surgeon will discuss exactly what you should expect and will give specific recommendations for your recovery.

The Breast Augmentation Recovery Timeline

This timeline gives a basic idea of what the recovery process could look like.

The Day of Surgery

After your surgery, you may wake up from the anesthesia feeling slightly groggy and/or achy. Within a few hours, you will be able to go home. You will need someone to drive you and stay with you overnight. During the post-operation process, your surgeon will wrap your breasts in either a recovery bra or elastic bands and will explain how you should care for your incisions.

First 5 days

The first 3-5 days of breast augmentation recovery are when you are most likely to experience discomfort. You can use prescribed pain medication to help minimize this. It is best to rest during this time, so if you can, have someone help you around the house. You can also clean, prepare your meals, and have all medication ready before surgery to make this time period easier for you.

After a Week

After approximately one week, most patients start to feel significantly better and can transition to over-the-counter pain medication as needed. Your surgeon will let you know what activities you can return to during this time. Light physical activity is usually okay and you may be able to return to work as long as it doesn’t involve manual labor. This is always dependent on your specific healing and the recommendations of your doctor.

Following Weeks

During the next few weeks after surgery, recovery should be slow and steady. You will need to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity until your surgeon lets you know that you are cleared to start these activities again. If you work a physically-demanding job, you should expect to take at least three weeks off. Continue to care for your incisions and follow all instructions from your doctor. Wearing a surgical bra is helpful to promote optimal healing and can be more comfortable during the recovery process.

Full Recovery

Most patients begin to near full recovery approximately two months after surgery. Again, this varies for each individual and will be confirmed by your surgeon for your specific case. Once you are fully recovered, you will be able to resume normal activities.

Breast Augmentation in Tucson, AZ

Dr. Hess and Dr. Sandeen are board-certified plastic surgeons in Tucson. They can perform breast augmentation surgery and will support you throughout your recovery process.

To schedule an appointment to discuss plastic surgery and recovery, contact us today.