If you’re like most people considering breast augmentation, you have many questions about the procedure, its results, and what recovery is like. You might be juggling motherhood, work, and dozens of other priorities and want to know when you can return to your daily routine after breast augmentation surgery. In this post, we’ll answer your recovery questions and give you realistic expectations about when you can resume driving, exercising, and more.
How Long Is the Recovery Process After Breast Augmentation?
Typically, you will need to recover for 1 week after your procedure before easing into light activity. Your plastic surgeon will advise you to wear a surgical support bra during this time to keep your incisions stable. You can return to work after the first week, depending on the type of work you do. You should wait about 4 to 6 weeks before resuming strenuous activities and exercise. Remember, not everyone recovers the same way, so make sure you are going at your own pace. For more details about a typical breast augmentation recovery timeline, read this previous blog post.
When Can I Drive After Breast Augmentation?
Most patients are ready to drive 1 week after breast augmentation as long as they feel physically able and are no longer taking prescription pain medication. Actions such as looking over your shoulder may strain your incisions if you jump back into driving too soon. Your plastic surgeon can let you know when it’s safe to drive based on your recovery progression.
When Can I Sleep on My Side After My Procedure?
Try to sleep on your back with your upper body elevated for the first couple of weeks after your procedure. Sleeping in this position helps minimize swelling and prevents strain on your breasts. If cleared by your plastic surgeon, you can resume sleeping on your side or stomach after 4 to 6 weeks.
How Long After Breast Augmentation Can Breasts Be Touched?
Your breasts may feel sore, tight, or oversensitive for a few weeks after surgery, and you don’t want to do anything to move or disrupt your implants and incisions during this time. Your partner can touch your breasts lightly during intimacy (once your doctor has cleared you for strenuous activity), but you should keep your surgical support bra on during sex to support your breasts. Keep some distance between your breasts and your partner’s body weight to avoid impacting your incisions.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
At our practice, the average cost of breast augmentation ranges from $5,500 to $6,500, depending on the type of breast implants you choose. However, the price will vary based on your individual needs and surgical plan. You can get more information about cost and financing options at your consultation. We understand that recovery seems a little daunting initially, but we help patients navigate the recovery process smoothly. The vast majority of breast augmentation patients find the recovery is well worth their shapely new breasts, as you can see in their before and after photos. To learn more about breast augmentation recovery, request a consultation or call us at (859) 277-9435 to schedule an appointment.