Breast Augmentation Recovery
Breast augmentation recovery takes time and patience, but the results are well worth the effort. As the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed each year, breast augmentation helps people feel more self-confident, enhancing the shape and contour of a patient’s figure.
To reduce stress and improve your potential for a smooth recovery, you need to know how to prepare for and what to expect during breast augmentation recovery. Dr. Richard Bendor-Samuel and Dr. Louis Boileau, plastic surgeons at the Landings Surgical Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, can answer all of your questions about recovery. Below is a general overview of what to expect after surgery.
Recovery Timeline Following Breast Augmentation
Each patient has a unique experience, and many factors affect how quickly a person recovers. In most cases, full recovery takes about six weeks. If you prioritize rest and follow our post-op instructions, the likelihood of a speedy recovery increases.
First 72 Hours
General anesthesia may leave you feeling groggy and a bit disoriented. Have someone drive you home after the procedure and stay with you overnight. You will be prescribed pain medication to address discomfort in the days ahead.
For the first few nights, expect some discomfort and interrupted sleep. Nausea is also common right after breast augmentation surgery.
Rest, rest, rest! In general, staying hydrated, eating healthy, and wearing a surgical bra at all times will help facilitate a prompt recovery. Leave your bandages in place. We will note the dressing during your first post-op checkup at our office in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Days Five Through Seven
At about one week post-op, you can manage pain and discomfort with over-the-counter NSAIDs, unless your surgeon says otherwise.
Slowly and carefully ease back into your daily routine. Avoid working out, lifting heavy objects, and other strenuous activities. You can take walks, do light housework, and drive at this point, and may be able to return to work depending on the nature of your job.
Weeks Two and Three
Now you can ease into a light exercise routine. Most patients can go back to work by this point, as long as the job does not require physical labor. Intense workouts, heavy lifting, contact sports, and horseback riding should still be avoided.
Tips for a Comfortable, Speedy Recovery
- Purchase a few sports bras that feature breathable fabric while providing comfort and support.
- Before surgery, fill any prescriptions necessary for recovery.
- Go shopping for healthy foods to eat during the first week of recovery.
- Do not lift babies, children, laundry baskets, grocery bags, or other heavy objects around the home until your doctor deems it appropriate.
- Prepare playlists, watchlists, books, and other activities to keep you occupied during the first few days of recovery. Keep water and medications close by.
- Ask a friend or relative to be on call and encourage you to take walks after the first few days of your recovery.
- Attend all postoperative appointments and follow the doctor’s instructions.
- If you notice heat, redness, or bleeding around incision sites, call our office for assistance as soon as possible.
Contact Our Office
If you have questions about breast augmentation procedure, recovery, or results, contact the Landings Surgical Centre online. You can also call our Halifax, Nova Scotia office at (902) 492-2007. Our surgeons look forward to discussing your surgical options in more detail.