You may feel intimidated at the thought of undergoing a breast augmentation, what with the stitches, bandages, and pain that you have to experience. The truth of the matter is it doesn’t sound all that bad. Yes, you may experience mild to moderate discomfort, but this usually occurs in the first few days after surgery and it is not long-term.
Once you have passed the initial stage of your recovery, the bandages may come off, and you may return to your normal routines — with limitations, of course.
Here’s a glimpse of what to expect during your breast augmentation recovery. This way, you can prepare for what may occur as you go through this stage, and make your recovery a comfortable one.
- The first 24 hours after surgery
You will feel groggy as soon as you wake up from surgery. It’s best to arrange for someone to drive you home. We also advise you to arrange for someone to assist you 24 hours a day for the next few days. Furthermore, expect to experience pain after the effects of anesthesia wear off. Take pain medications, which your surgeon will prescribe to you, to ease the discomfort.
- The first few days
Like most surgeries, you can expect soreness in the chest area for a few days. The pain and ache may be tolerable, but you can take pain medications for relief. At this time, you can take over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol. However, avoid aspirin and ibuprofen, as they can increase bleeding risk. With your surgeon’s consent, you may take a shower two days after surgery.
- The first and second week after surgery
With your surgeon’s approval, you may return to work after the first week post procedure. You can also return to your normal activities. However, avoid activities that involve lifting, bending, and any other activities that may strain the incisions. If you need to take prescription pain medications, don’t drive. Instead, take a cab or arrange for someone to give you a ride.
- One month after surgery
The bandages will come off at this time, but your doctor may ask you to wear a compression garment continuously. This specially designed clothing will help your implants settle in their proper place. You can exercise at this period, but limit them to light routines, like walking.
Throughout your recovery, you can expect regular follow-up visits with your doctor at Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Laser Centre. This will allow your surgeon to monitor your progress closely, and to ensure that you will heal properly.
Six weeks after surgery, you can shop for new bras, return to the gym, and continue to live your amazing life. If you have any questions about breast augmentation, talk with our doctors. Contact Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Laser Centre today.