How Long Should I Expect to Recover After Breast Augmentation?

If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts, a breast augmentation in Hartford, CT can help you revise their appearance and attain your ideal figure. When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation surgery can deliver excellent results while keeping your safety, recovery, and overall well-being top priorities.

At Brown Plastic Surgery, double board-certified Dr. Wilfred Brown can help you enhance the appearance of your breasts through a skilled surgical approach. But before you move forward with the procedure, it is only natural to inquire about the recovery period after your breast augmentation surgery.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that allows you to augment the size and shape of your breasts, improve their symmetry, and restore their fullness.Breast augmentation can also improve the proportions of your breasts in relation to the rest of your figure.

Results from breast augmentation have become more reliable since the introduction of implants. These are FDA-approved devices which are inserted under the breast tissue and are available in a variety of sizes and shapes (profiles). Dr. Brown will guide you regarding what is an appropriate choice for your aesthetic goals.

Breast augmentation requires general anesthesia and the procedure usually takes approximately 90 minutes. Small incisions are used, typically located in the crease beneath the breasts, and are closed with dissolving sutures. After a short period of recovery, you will be discharged home from the surgery center and will follow post-operative care instructions provided to you by Dr. Brown’s office prior to your surgery.

How Long Is the Recovery After Breast Augmentation?

Since everybody is different, those who undergo breast augmentation react to surgery as well as recovery in a different way. For this reason, the recovery period after breast augmentation may vary for each patient. Typically, the duration of full recovery after breast augmentation surgery ranges from  4 to 6 weeks.

The following details can help you learn more about these stages of breast augmentation recovery.

The Day After Your Surgery

The immediate healing process after your breast augmentation surgery requires you to rest  for at least 24 to 48 hours. It is important to follow Dr. Brown’s pain management instructions, which include taking prescribed medication to alleviate pain and muscle spasm. It is recommended that you ambulate as much as possible after surgery.

The First Week After Your Surgery

After the initial 24 to 48 hours following your surgery, your pain and discomfort will subside. It usually takes5 to 7 days for you to feel better to the point where you can resume your day-to-day activities. You may have mild swelling and bruising around your surgical sites that will take some time to heal fully.

Typically, you can also return to light work duties by the end of the first week. However, you still need to follow post-operative care instructions provided by Dr. Brown. These instructions include avoiding strenuous exercises and wearing a very supportive bra such as a sports bra.

The Second Week After Your Surgery

Typically, by the second week of your breast augmentation recovery, your pain, swelling, and bruising should be significantly reduced and perhaps even resolved. You can return to most of your regular activities, including professional and social engagements as long as they do not involve strenuous physical exertion.

The Third and Fourth Week After Your Surgery

The third and fourth weeks after your surgery free you from most physical restrictions. The pain, swelling, and bruising are typically completely resolved. Being diligent about keeping your post-operative appointments is important to ensure that healing is proceeding appropriately.

The Fifth and Sixth Week After Your Surgery

This is the final stretch of your recovery period after breast augmentation surgery and you can resume most normal activities. After the end of the sixth week, you may also resume physically demanding exercises once you receive approval from Dr. Brown. with your surgeon.

How Do You Sleep After Breast Augmentation?

You need to get a healthy amount of sleep after your breast augmentation surgery to facilitate healing. Dr. Brown does not put restrictions on sleeping position after breast surgery.

What Can I Do 1 Week After Breast Augmentation?

After the first week of your breast augmentation surgery, you may typically perform the following activities.

  • Return to work. This only includes light duties, such as working at a desk or computer. If your work is more physically demanding, you may need to discuss your return to work with Dr. Brown.
  • Resume light exercise. You should continue light exercise, such as taking walks. This improves your blood circulation and reduces the risk of developing blood clots.
  • Follow post-operative instructions. You should continue following post-operative care suggestions provided to you by Dr. Brown to prevent the risk of complications and ensure  proper healing.

Choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon for Your Breast Augmentation

To achieve ideal results from your breast augmentation surgery, you should have the procedure performed by a highly qualified, board-certified surgeon such as Dr. Brown. This allows you to not only choose the type of implants that are suitable for you but also lets you safely achieve your ideal breast size and shape with natural-looking results.

When you are ready to explore your options for breast augmentation, schedule your consultation today by contacting us online or calling us at (203) 758-2564.