You may be planning on undergoing breast augmentation or have already been scheduled to have one. This article is relevant for you to understand what happens after the surgery so you can truly be prepared about what you can expect during your breast augmentation recovery.
Breast augmentation recovery timeline
Breast augmentation recovery: Immediately after surgery
Your plastic surgeon wraps your breasts in gauze dressings and an elastic compression bandage or supportive surgical bra to lessen the swelling and add support to the breasts. Draining tubes are expected to be inserted in the surgical incisions to hasten wound drainage. Expect its removal within 24 hours or until the wound is sure to be completely drained of excess fluid. Your surgeon monitors your condition in the recovery room where he can either allow you to go home with assistance or order you to stay overnight for continued monitoring. Either way, he provides a prescription for pain medications and antibiotics to reduce the pain and discomfort as well as prevent the occurrence of infection.
Breast augmentation recovery: First few days after surgery
Your plastic surgeon gives you wound care instructions on how to care for your postsurgical incision. Patients would typically experience light to moderate discomfort which can be alleviated by the prescribed pain relievers. The swelling, bruising, and tenderness around the chest are also reasonable. You can continue using the surgical bra and compression bandage so it can help minimise the symptoms and protect the wounds as well. There are some patients who complain of dizziness and feeling nauseous during this time, and it may be concluded as a side effect of the anaesthesia used during the surgery. Your surgeon may determine when it is the best time to take a shower, but it is usually on the 2nd or 3rd day postop.
Breast augmentation recovery: One week after surgery
A lot may have happened by the end of the first week. You may have finished your prescribed antibiotic intake. Light movements and exercises may be done to facilitate your return to work and perform daily activities. Some patients, depending on their ability to recuperate fast may be allowed to return to light work with strict restrictions. Movements that would primarily affect the chest area still needs to be avoided, like being able to lift, bend, jump, run, and other strenuous activities. Report to your surgeon so he can assess how your postsurgical wounds are.
Breast augmentation recovery: Two to four weeks after surgery
Most patients begin to feel pretty normal by this time. Less swelling, bruising, and tenderness can be noticed around the chest area. Pain is somewhat non-existent even with movements while doing your daily activities, although some discomfort can still be expected especially now that extra weight is found on your chest. Your wounds should be healing nicely, and by the end of the 2nd week, you can already take baths. Continue making slow but sure progress with your exercises so it would be easier for you to return to your regular work activities.
Breast augmentation recovery: Six weeks after surgery onwards
By this time, if all things are working well and following your plastic surgeon’s recovery plan, you may be well adjusted with your postsurgical condition. You may be allowed to perform your regular duties at work, although strict precaution is still advised when it comes to lifting heavy things. You may feel your normal self again, doing the usual stuff that you may have missed while recovering from the surgery, like sleeping to your sides, running, wearing a regular bra, etc. You can now see and appreciate the final results of your breast augmentation. Continue following up with your surgeon so that the integrity of the implants and the overall condition of your procedure is constantly monitored.