When the deed is done and you are going home with your new breasts, the journey is not yet at its end. There is an important recovery period for breast augmentation surgery. You will not be able to resume normal activity right away, and you will have specific instructions you need to follow. Here’s what you need to know about your recovery and results.
The First Week
Because it is possible for bleeding to occur around the pocket of the implants in the first several days, it is important that you not resume normal activity until cleared by your surgeon. You will be given specific instructions about activity restrictions before you leave the surgery center, and you will have a post-operative appointment 5 or 6 days after surgery. You may have one or more follow-up appointments before being released to normal activity.
You may have some moderate to severe pain for the first day or so, although pain should steadily decrease until it tapers off around day five, if not sooner. Doctor will prescribe pain medications and an antibiotic to take after your surgery. Make sure you take these as directed to prevent infection and stave off pain.
The Following Weeks
You will have some soreness and swelling for a few weeks after your procedure. You will need to wear a bra for compression or a wrap called a bandeau around the clock for the first few weeks to keep swelling down and allow the breasts to heal. Your doctor will let you know when you can remove this extra support.
You will usually have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon 6 to 8 weeks after surgery to discuss return to full activity. At this appointment, it is important to discuss any concerns you have had since the surgery or with your recovery. You should also not hesitate to call your surgeon if you have any questions or concerns in the weeks and months ahead.
What About Results?
Seeing the final results from your breast augmentation can take a few weeks. During the time that you are healing, your new breasts will need to be compressed and supported to heal properly. Even after you are able to remove the bandeau, it may still be several days or weeks before the swelling and bruising disappear, and incisions completely heal. Within several weeks, you should have the body that you set out to have at the beginning of this process.
If you are ready to start your journey to new, fuller breasts, contact us today for more information or to schedule your consultation.
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