What to Expect From Breast Augmentation Recovery

Breast enlargement remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available year after year, and if you’re considering enhancing the shape and volume of your breasts, it’s important for you to understand the entire breast augmentation experience. In our last two blog posts we covered the consultation process and the surgical procedure. In this post, our skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Neal Goldberg, will discuss the typical recovery experience:

The patient will be expected to rest and relax at home for approximately a week after returning home from the surgery. The follow-up appointments typically occur three days following the surgery, one week after the first post-op appointment, and three weeks after the second post-op appointment. During the three-day follow-up, I will change the bandages and discuss the woman’s comfort level and experience so far. Depending on the position of the implants, I may recommend wearing a strap-like device or massaging the breasts to help them move into the appropriate position. If the breasts are relatively close to the desired location, I may instead recommend not wearing a bra for the first three weeks post-surgery.

Patients will be instructed to refrain from lifting heavy objects (anything heavier than a full purse) and exercising strenuously for the first six weeks after the surgery. I also encourage women to avoid lifting their elbows above the shoulder line and to abstain from jogging for approximately three weeks, or as long as I feel is appropriate based on their level of healing. Light exercise often will be allowed relatively quickly, as in most cases individuals should be able to walk vigorously within two weeks.

If you have additional questions about the breast augmentation recovery process, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldberg, please contact our office today.