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Recovering from Surgery

What is the recovery process like after breast augmentation surgery?

After your surgery is complete, you will begin the recovery process. It’s important that you take good care of yourself during this time to ensure that your body has time to heal and look its best. Read on to learn what to expect in the days and weeks following your surgery.

The First Few Days

  • You will probably feel fatigued and sore for several days after the breast augmentation surgery, so rest is essential.
  • It’s normal to experience a feeling of tightness in the breast area as your skin adjusts to your new breast size and your breast implants. You may also notice diminished feeling in your breasts and nipples during immediate recovery. Your plastic surgeon may recommend breast massage or other exercises to speed recovery and help alleviate any discomfort.
  • Your doctor may ask you to wear a postoperative bra, compression bandage, or jog bra for extra support and positioning while you heal. Some surgeons may not want you to wear a bra at all for a period of time following your surgery.
  • Most patients are able to return to work within a few days after their procedure

The Next Few Weeks

  • It’s best to avoid any strenuous activities that could raise your pulse and blood pressure, or which require strenuous use of your arms and chest.
  • Your breasts may remain swollen and sensitive to physical contact for a month or longer.
  • Your surgeon will be able to provide you with more specific details about the recovery process. Contact your surgeon should any problems occur after your surgery.
  • Important note: If you experience a fever, or noticeable swelling and/or redness in your implanted breast(s), you should contact your surgeon immediately.
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