Breast Augmentation Recovery Process
Every surgery carries some degree of risk, but those risks can be minimized so long as the right steps after the surgery are taken. After undergoing breast augmentation, it’s important that you follow our instructions for post-operative care in order to avoid complications and adverse side effects down the road.
Dr. Elizabeth Grasse and Dr. Debra Bergman are both skilled Indianapolis area plastic surgeons committed to patient care. They will explain the entire surgical process and post-surgical recovery period in great detail with their patients so that they know what to expect prior to and following surgery. Below is a general overview of what patients should keep in mind after they have undergone breast enlargement surgery.
Following the surgery, your breasts will be bandaged with gauze and you will be instructed to wear a surgical bra. (Surgical bras provide support and compression following surgery, which are both important in the healing process.) In the first two days after surgery, discomfort and fatigue are both normal. The discomfort can be managed with prescribed pain medications. The dressings will be removed after a one to two days, and any stitches will be removed after approximately a week to 10 days.
Generally, patients will be able to return to work a week after breast augmentation surgery so long as their job doesn’t involve heavy lifting or anything physically demanding. In fact, it’s important that patients refrain from all strenuous activities for approximately two weeks after getting breast implants. Patients should also refrain from smoking prior to surgery and in the weeks following surgery as smoking can affect the healing process.
Many patients will notice swelling of their breasts following surgery, which is normal and should subside after a few weeks. It will take a little time before the breast implants settle properly, so there may be some issues with implant firmness, implant shape, and implant contour early on. These matters should rectify themselves in a few weeks. Patients are encouraged to contact the office about any of their concerns following breast augmentation surgery.
For more information about breast enlargement and other breast surgeries, we encourage you to contact Carmel Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons today. We look forward to speaking with you.