How Long Does Breast Augmentation Recovery Take: A How-To Guide

Cropped shot of young woman with elastic bandage after breast augmentation with silicone implants (model)

If you’re planning to have breast augmentation surgery, you may be apprehensive about what the recovery will be like. This concern is common, but you can take several steps to help ensure you have a smooth breast augmentation recovery.

In this blog post, we’ll cover some typical milestones you can expect during your recovery, but please remember that how long it takes to recover from breast augmentation varies from patient to patient. So, don’t be discouraged if you take longer to jump over some of the hurdles or you feel like you’re not making progress like “everyone else.”

 Before & After Photos


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Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 74 View #1 View in Lexington & London, KY
Before & After Breast Augmentation
Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 74 View #2 View in Lexington & London, KY
Before & After Breast Augmentation

How To Navigate Breast Augmentation Recovery

Breast augmentation recovery can be challenging, but there is much to look forward to at the end of your journey. Here is how to navigate each phase of your breast augmentation recovery.

Take It Easy (Days 1 to 5)

You are returning home after your breast augmentation procedure, feeling a little tired and uncertain but excited! You will need someone to drive you home as you will be groggy from the anesthesia. During the first few days after the procedure, most women need to take prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers to manage their discomfit. Make sure to have your supply ready before you go in for your procedure.

Take it easy during this time and have someone help you around the house. You will need to sleep on your back and in an elevated position to improve circulation and minimize swelling. Most women find it easier to sleep in a recliner for the first few days after their procedure.

Ease Into Activity (Weeks 1 to 2)

You are healing faster, and some of the swelling and bruising on your chest will decrease during the first week. The Mayo Clinic notes that most people can return to work after 1 week if they have a non-strenuous job.

Your plastic surgeon will encourage you to start moving your body by walking or just getting back to your normal routine. Gentle movement is important for healing as it helps blood circulate throughout the body. After your breast augmentation, maintaining good blood circulation by walking and moving about your house can help you heal faster.

Be Patient (Weeks 3 to 5)

At this point, you should be able to return to work if you have a labor-intensive job, but only if it’s cleared by your plastic surgeon. You are getting stronger every day, feeling more like your usual self, and starting to enjoy your beautiful breast augmentation results.

You may feel ready to return to your regular routine, but be patient. You will have to wait a little longer to resume high-intensity workouts or heavy lifting. Your breast implants likely need up to a few more months before settling into their final position. Your job right now is to focus on healing your incisions and avoiding any complications as you wait to see your final results.

Get Back to Normal (Months 2 to 3)

You should be close to completely healed at this point, but don’t be discouraged if you are not! Your plastic surgeon will evaluate you to make sure your breasts are healing as planned. You should be ready to resume all activities at this point, as well as show off your new, voluptuous breasts.

As you navigate breast augmentation recovery, you will have many questions and concerns. Your plastic surgeon will be your biggest advocate and guide as you move through this journey. Our team at Commonwealth Plastic Surgery wants to give you the best breast augmentation results possible, as we have done for our breast augmentation patients featured in this before-and-after gallery. We also encourage you to read this related blog post for answers to FAQ about breast augmentation surgery.

If you are ready to experience shapely and voluptuous breasts, request a consultation or call us at (859) 277-9435 to schedule an appointment.

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