What to Expect While Recovering From Breast Augmentation

Here at our Bay Area breast enhancement surgery practice, we cannot accurately predict the length of recovery time as each woman responds differently to breast augmentation. One may report that she thinks she can already resume to most of her normal routine after a week while another woman may report that pain and discomfort is slightly unbearable on the first week following surgery.

Although what happens during recovery from breast augmentation will vary from one woman to another, read on below to learn more about what to expect in general following placement of breast implants: 

Hours to Days Following Surgery

  • You will most likely feel nauseated or groggy right after the effects of anesthesia has worn off. Mild to moderate pain/discomfort may be present and this can be remedied with prescription pain medications.

  • Post-surgery blues are reported in some women. This may have to do with pain, sleep loss, or limitations in mobility during recovery. These feelings are actually normal and should subside as your recovery and healing progresses.

  • Fatigue may be noticeable during the first few days following surgery. Getting enough rest should be a priority.

  • A feeling of tightness in the chest area may be present, including numbness of the breast and nipples. Sensation will return after a few days and the chest tightness may be remedied with breast massage.

  • Swelling and bruising are noticeable during the first 10 days following surgery. You may be asked to wear compression bandages or support bras to facilitate healing. Cutting back on salt, sleeping on a recliner, and application of ice packs also help reduce swelling. In addition, bromelain (also found in pineapples) supplements has been shown to reduce swelling. 

Weeks to Months  Following Surgery

  • It may be best to avoid highly strenuous activities within 6 weeks after surgery. A follow-up checkup with Dr. Lavey within weeks of surgery will help you figure out when’s the best time to return to your exercise routine and other activities that require significant strength. By and large, many women are able to resume to strenuous aerobic and lifting activities.

  • For the first 4 to 6 weeks, you may be advised not to swim or submerged the incision in the hot tub or pool. You can shower but you need to make sure that your dressings are dry.

  • Swelling and bruising may still be present but they will eventually subside in a few months.

Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

Dr. Lavey will tailor a personalized breast enhancement surgery plan that is in parallel with your needs, preferences, and medical history. Call us at 925.820.3633 or fill out this contact form to set up an appointment. We look forward to your visit!


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