FAQ: Healing After Breast Augmentation

Healing after breast augmentation takes time, and your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions for your recovery. The following FAQ will give you a general idea of what you may experience.

How Will My Breasts Feel After Surgery?

For a few weeks after surgery, you will probably have soreness and swelling. You might also have numbness or a burning sensation in your nipples as you heal after breast augmentation. Your surgeon may recommend that you wear a compression bandage or sports bra for extra support and to minimize movement of the breast implants.

Will I Need to Take Time Off Work?

Yes, most patients will need to take a few days off following surgery. It will vary by patient and also by job.

If your job isn’t physically demanding, you may be able to return to work within a week. If your job is physically demanding, you many need to take more time off. Most surgeons recommend that physical activity should be avoided for the first few weeks following surgery.

Will I Be Able to Care For My Children?

As with your job, you will probably be able to get back to your routine of caring for your children within a few days.

However, if you have an infant or young child, it may be longer before you can completely care for them,  as you may not be able to pick them up. Most surgeons tell patients not to do any heavy lifting for at least a few weeks after surgery.

When Will I Be Able to Exercise?

Talk to your surgeon, but most recommend avoiding physical activity for at least three weeks to a month following surgery. Even after that period, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recommends making sure whatever activity you engage in is extremely gentle on your breasts for at least another month.

When Will I Be Able to Drive?

Usually it’s about a week before you’ll drive and only once you are off any pain medication your surgeon has prescribed.

Be sure to follow your plastic surgeon’s specific instructions for your recovery period to ensure the best results for your surgery.

Sources: ASAPS, ASPS, Mayo Clinic, RealSelf

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