You may think of cosmetic surgeries as less intensive than other operations, but they are still invasive surgical procedures that require rest and healing to recover. Your body will be getting used to the changes from your surgery, and it will need extra care until it has fully adjusted. A breast augmentation is no exception, especially since you will have foreign objects in your body — your implants — that take some acclimation. Fortunately, your breast augmentation recovery can easily be quick and free from complications as long as you know what to expect. At Advanced Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Center, we know that a full and seamless recovery from a breast augmentation can ensure that your new breasts are everything you’d hoped for and more. Our breast augmentation recovery guide will help you learn more about how you and your plastic surgeon can work together for the best possible outcome.
Immediately After Your Surgery
Breast augmentations are most often outpatient procedures, which means that you will be able to go home the day of your surgery. You will likely stay where you received your surgery for an hour or so afterward to ensure that your recovery starts on the right foot. Your surgeon will give his or her approval when you are deemed safe and cleared to leave. Your surgeon will use IV sedation or general anesthesia during your surgery, so you will need a trusted friend or family member to pick you up because you won’t be able to drive yourself home. It is also wise to have this person available when your surgeon releases you: you will be woozy from your surgery, and having someone nearby means that they can help you remember any immediate aftercare instructions like prescription pickup or when to change your bandaging. When you arrive at home after your surgery, the rest and relaxation stage of your recovery begins.
The First Few Days
You should plan on avoiding as much activity as possible for at least three to four days after your augmentation. Your breasts will be tender and swollen, and you will likely need to use prescription pain medications for the first day or two to ensure that you stay comfortable. You will not be able to drive yourself to work or to run errands, so we typically recommend that you plan to take these days off from regular daily responsibilities and arrange for extra help around the house. You should also avoid movements that might irritate your breasts like heavy lifting, jumping or laying on your stomach. These first few days are when your body will be experiencing the most adjustments as your sutures heal and you get used to your implants. Symptoms such as bruising and some bleeding are normal, though if you feel as though they are excessive, don’t hesitate to contact your plastic surgeon with any questions. At your first follow-up appointment after these initial recovery days, your surgeon will be able to give you the go-ahead to return to a more normal schedule.
Two to Three Weeks
Even after your plastic surgeon clears you to return to your job or other responsibilities, they will likely recommend that you keep your activity levels light for a few more weeks — this means avoiding exercising, scheduling too many social engagements or overextending yourself at work. Over these weeks, you may experience some mild pain or discomfort, but it should be manageable with over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen. You will need to wear a compression bra to help keep bruising and swelling down, and you should continue to be careful with motions that may unnecessarily jostle your breasts or sutures. Your surgeon will help you schedule a few follow-up appointments during this period, which are a good time to ask any questions about your healing process no matter how small they may seem. Whether your compression garment is uncomfortable or you are worried because you accidentally bumped your breast, your surgeon will be able to help.
One Month and Beyond
Depending on several factors like your health before your surgery, the size and type of your implants and your body’s normal healing processes, it may take a month or more for your swelling to subside and your final results to be visible. Scarring can take up to two years to fully fade, so it is important to keep your breasts protected from direct sunlight and to use topical treatments to minimize visible scarring. Swelling and occasional discomfort may persist for a little while after your surgeon clears you to return to normal activities, but you can always contact your plastic surgeon’s office if you are worried. Some signs to watch out for are breasts that sit abnormally high on your chest, a tight or stretched feeling, excessive bruising or pain or sutures that continue to ooze or bleed. Complications from breast augmentations are very rare, but it is always better to keep your surgeon informed so that they can address any concerns right away.
When you know what to expect from your breast augmentation recovery, you can plan ahead to make sure that your healing process is free from complications. Being prepared can also ensure that your new breasts heal quickly and give you the beautiful results you deserve. At Advanced Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Center, we know that every breast augmentation procedure is different. Your surgery and your recovery will be unique based on your body, your health and your goals. When you choose a breast augmentation with Advanced Aesthetics, we make sure that you receive detailed recovery information geared towards your particular procedure and needs. Your expert plastic surgeon will work with you every step of the way, from your consultation to your final follow-up appointment. To learn more about our breast augmentation surgeries and other cosmetic procedures at our Atlanta-area locations, schedule your complimentary consultation today by calling 770-461-4000.