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Breast Augmentation Recovery: What You Need to Know

Following breast augmentation surgery at The Landings Surgical Centre in Halifax, NS, patients can expect to return to work after one to two weeks of rest, with a full recovery usually occurring six weeks after surgery. Understanding breast augmentation recovery helps patients stay informed regarding post-operative expectations. Whether you have recently undergone breast augmentation or you are simply considering your breast surgery options, our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Richard Bendor-Samuel and Dr. Louis Boileau can help you prepare for all stages of your treatment. By familiarizing yourself with these helpful guidelines, you can enjoy an efficient and successful recovery.

Your First Week of Recovery

Some degree of discomfort is to be expected following any surgical procedure. Most side effects will begin to surface within the first 24 to 48 hours after your procedure, and can include tenderness, swelling, bruising, and sensitivity. Discomfort can be addressed with prescription medications or over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. To reduce swelling and inflammation, a cold compress can be applied in 15-minute increments for the first 24-48 hours. You will also be given a compression garment to wear during the first few days, which will protect the surgical area and promote healing. After two to three days you will be able to shower and start wearing a sports bra.

A woman with bandages wrapped around her breasts
Knowing what to expect during breast augmentation recovery can help patients achieve successful healing. 

We recommend that a friend or family member be close by during the first few days to assist you in routine tasks. By the end of the first week, most surgical side effects should begin to subside. Specific post-operative instructions will be provided to you, and these guidelines should be closely followed.

Two to Three Weeks following Surgery

Most side effects will diminish approximately two to three weeks after your surgery. Although you will be feeling much better, it is still important to keep activity level to a minimum, as your body is still healing.

Four to Six Weeks following Surgery

Approximately one month after surgery, exercise can be gradually reintroduced. The incisions are typically closed at this point, and the results of the procedure should become much more noticeable as swelling decreases. Most patients find this is an excellent time to shop for new bras and begin using special skincare products to diminish the appearance of surgical scars.

Understanding breast augmentation recovery helps patients stay informed regarding post-operative expectations.

Six to 12 Months following Surgery

Your breasts should be completely healed six months after your augmentation. There will still be scar tissue, which will continue to change over the next several months. At 12 months, your surgical incisions will have faded significantly. Though the scars will still be slightly noticeable, they will be concealed due to the special techniques and incision placement used by our surgeons.

Helpful Tips for a Successful Recovery

There are several things you can do to encourage a quick and successful healing period. For the optimal recovery experience:

  • Move slowly and gently, making sure your incisions are not bumped.
  • Take warm—rather than hot—showers to reduce swelling.
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages or smoke for at least two to four weeks before and after your surgery.
  • Avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen to protect your incisions.
  • Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet rich in Vitamin K.
  • Limit your sodium intake.
  • Use silicone gel cream or strips to aid in reducing the appearance of scars.
  • Take advantage of homeopathic therapies to help reduce bruising, such as arnica montana or bromelain.

Advanced Techniques for Increased Comfort

At The Landings Surgical Centre, our surgeons use the latest innovative technologies and techniques. By utilizing minimally-invasive methods, we can actively reduce the risk for post-surgical complications.  

Schedule a Consultation with Us Today

If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors. You can call our office at (866) 928-0023 or contact us online.

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