Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic procedures among women worldwide. Over the past several decades, the procedure has undergone many advancements allowing for a faster and easier recovery process. However, it is a surgical procedure that requires a good deal of post-operative care to ensure an optimal outcome without complications.
The amount of time you’ll need to take off work depends entirely on the nature of your job. It’s normal to allow 1-2 weeks for recovery after a breast augmentation. Today, we’ll break down the recovery steps so you can have a better idea of what to expect after your breast enhancement surgery.
Breast augmentations are often done on an outpatient basis. Immediately after surgery, you’ll be placed in an observation room for several hours where you will be closely monitored before being released. You will likely feel groggy as the effects of the general anesthesia wear off. You will be unable to drive yourself home, so it’s a good idea to plan for a friend or family member to be on standby.
Even minor activities may seem like a tedious task directly after surgery. We recommend having someone stay with you for at least 24-48 hours during the initial part of your recovery. This time should be spent resting and relaxing.
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Several Days Post-Surgery
After several days, you’ll still be on reduced activities, but minor tasks such as walking around the house every few hours are encouraged. Swelling and discomfort will be at their worst the first 3-days post-op. Pain medication and ice packs can be prescribed to keep you as comfortable as possible.
1-Week Recovery Process
Throughout the first week, you’ll need to wear your prescribed compression garment round-the-clock. Many women feel comfortable enough to return work around 7-10 days after surgery. Your energy levels won’t quite be 100%, so it’s important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard too soon.
2-Weeks After Surgery
The majority of post-surgical swelling will have subsided by week two. More strenuous activities can also be incorporated into your normal routine around this time. Compression garments should continue to be worn at night during sleep. You’ll notice increased energy and less discomfort as you get back into your typical day-to-day activities.
Full Recovery from Your Breast Augmentation
Every woman heals in her own way, and no two procedures are done exactly the same. However, in most cases, a full recovery from breast augmentation can be seen in 6-8 weeks. Your breast enhancement surgeon will customize a recovery plan based on your individual surgery and lifestyle. Closely following your surgeon’s instructions can ensure a speedy recovery without any complications.
Today I had my final post breast augmentation check up with Dr. Alvi and couldn’t be any happier with the result and the service I received at the Sthetix Clinic. Dr Alvi and his team have been amazing and very patient! Mr Alvi has changed my life! He knew what result I wanted and gave me a breast I’ve always dreamt of!