If you’re considering undergoing breast augmentation to achieve a more full, well-proportioned figure, one of the many worries you may have is that the recovery will be long, painful, or both. Fortunately, this surgery, while necessary to be performed under general anesthesia, does not take much time to recover and can be minimally uncomfortable with the proper recovery care.
Recovery Tips & Guidelines
Dr. Hall will provide you with all the medically necessary instructions for how to care for yourself after breast augmentation, and your instructions will be unique to your surgical plan. In general, here’s what you should keep in mind to help your recovery go well:
- Wear Your Recovery Bra 24/7 – Except for showers, your support bra needs to be worn around the clock to support your breasts and the implants for up to 6 weeks.
- Drink Plenty of Water – Sufficient hydration is essential during the first week or two after breast augmentation surgery. Dehydration can lead to nausea and headaches, so staying hydrated is more important than ever during recovery.
- Move Around as Much as Possible – It is important to get up and walk around every few hours during the first few days after breast augmentation surgery. Moving around without being too strenuous encourages good circulation, which reduces the risk of complications like blood clots.
- Sleeping Position – Sleeping on your back is the best way to avoid any complications after breast augmentation surgery, as it allows for easy recovery and healing. To avoid causing any pain to your breasts, you should sleep with a pillow under your knees to help reduce the risk that you will roll around while you sleep.
People have different recovery timelines depending on their specific surgical plan and their overall health, but the following is a timeline of what you can generally expect after having breast augmentation surgery:
- 5-10 Days – After about a week, most people feel well enough to return to work, as long as it doesn’t include straining or intense physical activity. Make sure that you eat healthy and nutritious meals and drink lots of water during the early days of recovery.
- 2-3 Weeks – Up until around three weeks you can expect your breasts to be sensitive as the implants settle. Until three weeks, you should not submerge your body in water, drink alcohol, or lift heavy objects.
- 5-6 Weeks – After six weeks, you may be cleared for strenuous activity including exercise, and you’ll start to see your final results of the procedure, as the breast pocket is formed and the implants settle into their natural placement.
While there is a recovery period required after breast augmentation, it is something that you can get through with the proper guidance and support from family and friends. If you’re looking for the safest, most natural-looking results from breast augmentation in Boston, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Hall to learn more about your options and what you can expect to see upon recovery. Call or contact us online to start the conversation today.