Recovering from Breast Augmentation: What to Expect

If you’re unhappy with your breast size, you’ve probably considered breast implants. A breast augmentation — the surgical procedure to place implants — is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in America.

As a top-ranked plastic surgeon specializing in breast augmentations, Alfred Sofer, MD is an expert when it comes to matching you with the right type of implant. Whether you’re interested in saline, silicone, or new methods (such as gummy bear implants), Dr. Sofer can help you reach your aesthetic goals.

In the meantime, we’ve created this guide to shed light on the recovery period. Below, we’ll explore what you need to know about breast augmentation recovery.

How long is breast augmentation recovery?

If you’re planning surgery, one of your main concerns may be how lengthy (or not) the recovery period is. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there isn’t one cut-and-dry recovery timeline — every woman’s body is different — but the ASPS reports that most women recover in about six weeks.

Dr. Sofer may  give you a more definitive timeline based on your overall health during your pre-op consultation.

What to expect after surgery

As with any surgery, you should expect to clear your schedule for a few days while you recover. You may also benefit from a friend or family member staying with you during this time. 

Immediately post-operation

After your surgery, you may feel groggy, sore, or even nauseous as you come out of anesthesia. This is common and to be expected. For this reason, you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure. It’s also a good idea for them to stay with you, at least for the first night.

The first week

During the first week, you can expect to feel pain, swelling, and discomfort. During this time, continue to take any prescription pain medications as instructed. If you need help remembering to take medications on time, use your phone to set reminders. Use a notepad or medication tracking app to keep track of which medications you’ve taken, and when.

To prevent complications and promote a smooth recovery, follow your instructions as closely as possible. For example, if you need to wear recovery bras, wear them as directed. Recovery bras, or compression garments, improve circulation, promote lymph node drainage, and support your implants.

In preparation for your first week home, consider stocking up on extra recovery bras, button-up shirts (in case lifting your arms overhead is uncomfortable), and preparing some easy meals to keep in your fridge.

During your first week post-op, you can support your body’s recovery process by resting, staying hydrated, and eating nutrient-dense meals.

Weeks 2-6

The ASPS notes that the first week is the most uncomfortable. During the following weeks, you’ll notice that your discomfort decreases. However, even if you start to feel better, you should continue to refrain from:

  • Strenuous workouts
  • Jogging
  • Jarring activities such as horseback riding or skiing
  • Lifting weights and strength training  

Women with desk jobs are likely able to return to work at this time. However, if your job is labor-intensive, the ASPS suggests that you refrain from work for at least three additional weeks.

What to expect at your follow-up appointment

During your follow-up appointment, Dr. Sofer assesses your healing and monitors for any signs of infection. Most women are cleared for exercise and normal activities at this point.

Learning about breast augmentation recovery is the first step toward your new figure. This knowledge gives you the confidence that lets you power through your recovery and enjoy your new look.

To find out if a breast augmentation is right for you, call our Fairfield, Connecticut or Miami, Florida office, or schedule an appointment online.

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