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How long does it take to recover from breast augmentation?


Breast Augmentation Recovery Time:    

A breast augmentation mammoplasty or breast augmentation Perth involves surgery to increase the breasts’ size and volume, or enhance the shape. This surgery is your roadmap to achieve your idea of the perfect breasts that you have probably wanted for a very long time.  Breast augmentation enhances breast shape, restores breast size and shape that you lose during pregnancy, fat loss, or breastfeeding.  This not only improves the balance of your breast and hip curves but also boosts self-confidence!   In the case of excessively sagging breasts, a breast lift may be combined with a breast augmentation to achieve a fuller and lifted appearance.

Every woman is unique, and the breast augmentation recovery time may differ. In most cases, healing takes 6 to 8 weeks. Depending on how your body reacts and your overall health, the duration may vary.  To have a satisfactory outcome, like with any operation, you must take care of your body and follow the doctor’s advice for do-s and don’ts.

 Different breast augmentation recovery stages:   

While the surgery may not take much time, the final result will not be visible initially. As you heal a little bit each day, you will go through different breast augmentation recovery stages before seeing the results.

24 hours post-op:     

Soreness, nausea, chest tightness, and oversensitivity or loss of sensitivity in the breasts are all possible temporary side effects of the procedure. However, the swelling and bruising will fade with time.

After the procedure, you will need to rest in the post-operative surgical room for a few hours until the anesthesia goes off completely. You may experience pain for the first 24 hours. To keep you comfortable, your doctor may prescribe some medications.

Before your breast enhancement surgery, we advise that you prepare a relaxing environment which includes:

  • Good pillows and blankets for comfort.
  • Easy access to water and food without excess effort.
  • Balanced and nutritious meals are prepared beforehand for easy reheating.
  • Unlimited entertainment, including books, movies, and music, keeps you relaxed and engaged.      

5-7 days after surgery:    

This is usually the most challenging part of your breast augmentation recovery. The post-surgical symptoms will be less now. If advised by your doctor, you may be able to resume everyday activities at this time.

It would be best to refrain from strenuous activities that can cause discomfort and bleeding. Your breast implants will start to settle in at this point. To help relax the muscles and prevent swelling, it’s vital to follow any post-operative instructions from your surgeon.

3 to 4 weeks after surgery:    

By now, you should have no pain or discomfort. Breast swelling and any bruises should have subsided. However, depending on the extent of surgery and in the unlikely event of post-op bleeding, it is normal to have bruises still.

Your doctor may recommend you start doing light exercises and avoid intense activity.

4 to 6 weeks after surgery:     

There’s a possibility that you may have entirely recovered at this stage and can resume normal activities. You can replace the post-surgery no under-wire bra with your normal one at this stage. Your breasts would have a much more natural appearance. But you should schedule a consultation with your breast plastic surgeon for a thorough examination.

However, you may have to wait three to four months to get the final results. This is because it takes a while for your breast implants to settle into their proper position and any remaining swelling to go down. While you must be excited to get your new look as soon as possible, you’ll need to be patient during and after the procedure.

Complications of breast augmentation:  

Breast augmentation is not without risks as any other surgical procedure, including:

  • Hypertrophic scars that affect its appearance.
  • Implant capsule hardens and can distort and displace the implant. (Capsular contracture).
  • Breast discomfort and pain.
  • Changes in the nipple and breast sensation.
  • A change in implant position or rupture.
  • Infection.
  • Bleeding.
  • Breast implant-associated ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma).

Here are a few questions you might have about the surgery:  

1) Can I return to work three days after breast augmentation?

You may return to work in three to five days if you have a basic desk job. This is probably enough time off if you don’t need to lift anything heavy or indulge in strenuous physical exercise.

2) How painful is breast augmentation recovery?     

Your discomfort will gradually fade as you heal from the treatment in the weeks following your surgery. Except for slight soreness, many women have little to no pain after a week. The majority of your soreness should be gone in a couple of weeks after your surgery.

3) What is the fastest way to recover from breast augmentation?     

Though your body will heal at its own pace, here are some helpful suggestions for faster and better recovery:

  • After surgery, try not to wear underwire bras for at least six weeks.
  • Avoid intense workouts and strenuous activities.
  • Keep your head and breasts away from water.
  • While you’re recovering, stay away from alcohol and cigarettes.
  • Prefer sleeping on your back.

For further queries, don’t hesitate to contact our breast augmentation surgeon from West Coast Plastic Surgery.

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