Prepare & Recovery For Breast Augmentation Surgery

About two weeks prior to surgery, patients should stop smoking or drinking alcohol to reduce the risk of blood clots and infection. Certain medications such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs should also be avoided as they may increase bleeding. If your breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis, it is important to arrange a ride home from the hospital and ask someone to stay with you the first night.

Prepare & Recovery For Breast Augmentation Surgery

The recovery period after breast augmentation surgery may take two or three weeks. All dressings will be removed several days after surgery and patients are usually permitted to shower within the first week. Patients may resume normal activities, but should avoid heavy lifting, or physical contact with breasts for up to three weeks. Bruising and discoloration will disappear rather quickly and swelling should go down in a month. Keep in mind that arm movement may be limited for two to three weeks.

  • Pain Level : Above The Muscle: Mild to moderate discomfort.
    Below The Muscle: Moderate to severe discomfort following placement under the muscle. 1-2 weeks of pain medication.
  • Swelling : Above The Muscle: 4 days-2 weeks. Below The Muscle: 2-12 weeks.
  • Bruising : Up to 2 weeks. Some patients experience no bruising.
  • Numbness : 1-2 weeks.
  • Work : Above The Muscle: 1 week. Below The Muscle: 1-2 weeks. If job is strenuous or requires lifting, wait a month.
  • Exercise : Wait 2-4 weeks.
  • Final result : Above The Muscle : 1 month. Below The Muscle : 4 months

What Happens After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

On the day of surgery you will feel sleepy and may feel pain or be nauseated. Your chest may feel tight and uncomfortable. Your arms and back may also be sore. Pain medication will be prescribed to minimize your discomfort.

Your breasts will be somewhat swollen and bruised postoperatively. This usually settles in about two to three weeks. Sometimes swelling may be slightly different between the two sides. This is normal and settles with time. However if a great difference develops between the two sides then you must contact us for advice.

Following a Breast Augmentation, the breasts may appear to be placed quite high up. This is also normal. During the first two months postoperatively the breast implants will gradually lower and settle from the effects of gravity into a more natural position. Do not be alarmed if one side settles quicker than the other, as this sometimes occurs.

Following the operation you will have a light dressing in place which will need to be kept dry until your follow-up appointment. At this time the wound inspected and lightly cleaned. There are no stitches to remove, as these are internal and dissolvable. Always remember to read and follow the postoperative instructions that will be given to you.

For Faster Recovery

  • Keep ice packs applied to your chest on the day of your surgery.
  • Sleep in an upright position. Do not sleep on your stomach for the first two weeks after surgery.
  • To avoid unnecessary swelling or bleeding, do not bend over, strain, exercise or do any other activities that could increase pressure in your chest during the first week.
  • If you have smooth implants, massage them daily to keep them softer, avoid capsular contracture and keep them in proper position. Do not massage in the first 24 hours and do not massage textured implants.

What Are My Limitations In Activity Post-operatively?

You should plan to avoid activities which require much raising of the arms above the level of the head for 10 days after surgery. With great care, you can drive about 7 days after surgery. Patients can usually return to work in a few days unless their occupation requires particularly strenuous movements and lifting. In such cases, 2-3 weeks should be allowed.

  • Walking can commence within days,
  • Light jogging within 2 weeks,
  • Gym and Pilates after 4 weeks and upper body weights 6 weeks.