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Author: Leila Tan|2024-3-12

Doing research and following the precaution steps can help to speed up the recovery process.


What is Breast Augmentation Surgery

Increasing the size and form of your breasts by a treatment called breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as augmentation mammoplasty or breast enlargement surgery, is a frequent surgical surgery. This is a procedure where under breast tissue or chest muscles, breast implants (saline or silicone) are inserted.

There is also another option for breast enhancement surgery called fat transfer. During this process the surgeons will use your own fat from your body. Normally there will be suction at several areas from your body for fat cells. After the suction, then the surgeons will inject the fat cells into your breasts.


Recovery Process

Implants are typically used in procedures to increase breast size. It is also possible to use fat from another area of the body, but this approach is less popular. It's crucial to remember that there is no set period of time for recuperation because every woman's body is different. But mostly the recovery time typically takes six to eight weeks.

You'll probably feel weak following the procedure and you may have pain as well. So you might require pain medication for a week or two but you can anticipate feeling better and stronger every day.

Depending on how quickly you heal and how well you are generally, it can take longer. It also needs to be noted that around your breast region , you may have experienced the feeling of being pulled or stretched after the surgery and that's nothing to be worried about.


Breast Augmentation Recovery Stages


The majority of breast augmentation procedures use general anesthetic. After surgery, you'll awaken in a recovery area where you can gradually regain consciousness while being monitored by a doctor. You'll still probably feel sleepy and sore when you first wake up from anesthesia. A group of medical experts will observe you as you gradually begin to awaken. You can experience some temporary symptoms similar to a hangover after the procedure, but they should subside within a few hours.

You need to stretch to release the tightness or muscle aches around the incision area. Stretching helps the muscles to relax which eventually helps the pain to decrease.

Hours after surgery

You'll feel less stiff and drowsy after a few hours. Before being let go, you could spend up to a few hours in the recovery room. Make sure to have someone with you to drive you home after your surgery because you will still feel disoriented. Your surgeon will bandage your breasts with a bra or elastic band before you leave. This will help your breasts while they heal. Your surgeon will also go through how to take care of the areas where you had incisions.

The First week

For the first few weeks, you can continue to have some minor pain or discomfort after the first week. But the level of discomfort ought to have diminished. Through the use of over-the-counter painkillers, you may be able to control the discomfort.

If your surgeon gives the go-ahead, you might be able to resume your regular activities at this point.

Next few weeks

You will still experience some soreness and swelling during this period.

But things ought to gradually improve. During this time, you should also refrain from strenuous physical activities like running and heavy lifting.

2 months

You should experience little to no discomfort or aches at this point.

Breast bruising and swelling ought to have diminished and disappeared. However, how well your body heals will determine this. You could begin doing light exercise, but avoid doing anything hard.

At this time, recovery can still be aided by continuing to wear a post-operative bra and front closure bras. But still listen to you plastic surgeons whether you're able to return to your regular activities.

Full recovery

Usually, at this point, most patients have fully recovered and can resume regular activity. This is because, by this time the implants should have found their ideal place and a fresh capsule surrounding them will be forming beneath the breast and muscular tissues.

Your breasts should look and feel more natural. Patients are advised to make an appointment with their surgeon for a full evaluation of the breast implants.


Choosing a surgeon

Certification by a board

Choose a plastic surgeon who has received board certification. Breast augmentation should be the surgeon's area of expertise.

Verify any complaints

Use online doctor reviews to look out any disciplinary charges against the surgeons you're thinking about. Additionally, you can check the validity of a surgeon's medical license.


Be wary of choices that are incredibly expensive. Although price and budget are important, it is better to put your comfort and safety first.

Utilize your consultation

Reduce the number of potential surgeons on your list then make appointments for consultations. This is the time to use all of your research to confirm that the surgeon doing your procedure is someone you can trust. The surgeon must fully describe the process and be able to address all of your questions during the consultation.

Customer support

During the consultation, pay attention to how the surgeon and colleagues make you feel.

Select a Surgeon

You should be able to select the ideal surgeon for your breast augmentation based on the above considerations.


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Self-care techniques to use at home after surgery

Daily Activity

* When you are exhausted, take a nap. You'll recover more quickly if you get adequate sleep. * If there is no drain close to your incision, you can take your first shower the next day. The day after the drain is taken out, if you have one, you can take a shower. For around four weeks, refrain from bathing or using a hot tub. * Sleep on your back with a pillow supporting your head and shoulders. This will aid in maintaining the stability of your implants and stop them from sliding or moving. * In one to two weeks, you should be able to return to normal activities. This is dependent on the work you accomplish and any additional medical care.


* If and when you can resume taking your medications will be determined by your doctor. You'll receive instructions on how to take any new medications from your doctor as well. * Obey the directions on your prescription painkillers. * Take the nausea medication exactly as prescribed if you were given it. * Take the antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. If you start to feel better, don't stop taking them and finish the entire antibiotic course.


* Eat nutritious foods. Your body will repair itself if you eat well. * You may consume your typical diet. Try bland, low-fat items such plain rice, grilled chicken, bread, and yogurt if your stomach is disturbed. * Immediately following surgery, you could notice that your bowel movements are irregular. Constipation and difficult bowel movements should be avoided. Utilize a fiber supplement. Take a little laxative if you haven't had a bowel movement in a few days.

Incision care

* Follow your doctor's instructions if they include specifics on how to take care of your incision. * Ask your doctor when it is okay to wear an underwire bra. Mostly you can wear an underwire bra after it is completely healed. Consider buying a larger bra. Your old bra will be too small and can put too much pressure on the healing incision. * If you have tape strips covering your incision, keep them there for a week or until they come off naturally. Or you can remove the tape by following your doctor's recommendations. * Keep the area dry and hygienic.


Do's and Don't after breast augmentation surgery


* Take time to rest. Breast augmentation is a substantial process, and your body needs time to heal after any major surgery. For patients with breast implants, we advise relaxing in bed or on the couch for at least a long weekend, getting up only when necessary, and avoiding strenuous activity. * If you have any questions or concerns, contact your plastic surgeon. Contact your plastic surgeon for advice if you have any questions or concerns about the recovery procedure. * Sleep on your back with it raised with pillows. While you sleep, these positions will aid in your recovery. * Take your painkillers as directed by the label. If you experience discomfort, you should monitor your pain. You might need to wear a bandage or apply ointment, depending on your surgeon's preferences. * Have a balanced diet. You should always make sure you are getting the right nutrients, but this is never more crucial than while you are recovering after surgery.


* It is recommended to avoid wearing bras like an underwire bra or sports bra right after the surgery as they can cause the wires to press against the skin which eventually causes irritation. This can cause delay during the healing process. * Avoid lifting anything heavy. During your recovery period, you'll want to refrain from lifting or moving any heavy objects about the house. You'll also want to refrain from engaging in regular physical activity. If you want to heal properly and achieve the finest outcomes possible, the additional weight and pressure on your body simply aren't worth it. * Avoid smoking. Not only is smoking dangerous for your heart, but it also slows down your body's natural healing process from breast augmentation. It advised abstaining from cigarette use for at least two months prior to having breast augmentation surgery, and for at least one month thereafter. * Sleeping on your stomach. Doing this puts undue strain on a woman's new breast implants when she is recovering from breast augmentation surgery. * Exercise vigorously over the first week or two. After a few days, light activities like walking or driving can be resumed. However, vigorous exercises like running, cardio, or yoga cannot be done again.



There will be some pain and discomfort in the days and weeks that follow as it is a surgical operation that needs anesthetic, incisions, and stitches, but don't let that scare you. Most of the time, the rehabilitation process isn't as difficult as you imagine it to be. Your surgeon will provide you with more specific information on how long your recovery will take based on your particular circumstances.

Recovery from breast augmentation typically takes 6 to 8 weeks. If you experience difficulties, such as an infection or implant leak, it can take longer. The greatest method to guarantee the outcomes you want from breast augmentation surgery is to look after yourself while you're recovering.

Follow your surgeon's instructions carefully to ensure a quick recovery. Wear the healing bra and treat your incision sites according to the instructions. Make sure you get a lot of sleep and consume a balanced diet. You need to be totally recovered and prepared to resume daily activities in around 8 weeks.


How long must I rest before I resume my workouts?

Prior to starting your regular training regimen again, you should wait until your doctor gives the go-ahead in writing. Short walks are OK to start taking right away after, although this can take anywhere between 2 and 6 weeks.

How Do I Get Ready for Recovery?

The most crucial item to have is comfy clothing because after the treatment you'll want to unwind and take it easy for a bit. After the procedure, your doctor could give you a tight-fitting undergarment that resembles a sports bra to wear while you heal.

Will my scar tissue on the skin get affected because of the surgery?

In order to avoid noticeable scars, the incisions for breast augmentations are made in discrete locations. Although incisions can be done around the areola, where scarring is concealed by the natural shift in pigmentation, the majority of patients have a 1-2 inch scar in the crease on the bottom of their breast.


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