Recovery from Breast Augmentation
What you need to know BEFORE you have surgery. The length of time it takes for you to recover from your breast augmentation surgery depends on several factor. Learn what to expect after your breast augmentation surgery. How to prepare, what to expect, what to look for when you are recovering from your surgery.
What to expect after your breast augmentation
After your breast augmentation surgery is complete, the anesthetist will wake you up from your anesthesia. You will then be transferred to the recovery room where our experienced nurses will monitor your until you are full awake. Most women do not remember the first 10-15 minutes after they wake up. After the surgery you will experience some discomfort, swelling of your breasts, and bruising. It is normal to have spots of blood on your bandages, it doesn’t mean you are bleeding. You will return to see us in the clinic the following morning when we will examine you and change you bandages if necessary.
Following your breast augmentation
- massage your breasts (DO NOT massage your breasts if you also had a breast lift performed at the time of your breast augmentation)
- do not get your wounds wet for at least two days. Afterward you may take a shower but after your shower make sure to dry your wounds well. You should use a hairdryer to completely dry the wound and the dressings
- do not raise your arms above your shoulders for two weeks
- sleep on your back for at least 2 weeks
- avoid the gym and excessive physical activity for at least 2 weeks
- you will return to the clinic at two weeks after your surgery to have your sutures removed
- we almost never use drains, but in very rare instances a drain may be used and then it will have to be removed once there is minimal fluid coming out
This is NORMAL after breast augmentation surgery
- some pain and discomfort in the breast area
- swelling of the breasts
- bruising around the breast and chest area
- nausea, feeling sick
- constipation can occur if you take too many pain killers
Will I have pain?
During the surgery we use a meticulous surgical technique to cause you minimal pain. On top of meticulous technique, we use local anesthesia (freezing) that will numb the surgical area to minimize the discomfort you feel after the surgery. How intense the pain will be depends on how the surgery is done. Going under the muscle tends to be more uncomfortable then going over the muscle. Also, each person has a different pain threshold. Most women have minimal discomfort and are able to resume regular activities the day after their breast implant surgery.
What to look for after your surgery
If any of the following occur, please contact the clinic right away
- bleeding soaks through the bandages and does not seem to be stopping
- one or both breasts seem to be significantly swell up after the surgery
- feeling short of breath, difficulty catching your breath or pain deep inside your chest
- severe head ache
If any of the above occur, our nurse will speak to you over the phone to determine if you need to seen right away or not. If you are unable to contact the clinic, please go to your nearest hospital to have a physician examine you.
- Sleep only on your back
- do not exercise for at least 2 weeks
- do not lift heavy objects for at least 2 weeks
- do not lift your arms above your shoulders
- do not get your wounds wet for the first two day, after which you may take a shower but no bath for 2 weeks