Having breast augmentation surgery requires a great deal of pre-and post-operative planning in order to recover properly. By keeping yourself as healthy as possible before the procedure and following your surgeon’s breast augmentation recovery tips you can heal up your recovery time. Let’s take a look at the breast augmentation recovery timeline and what you might expect after getting breast implants.
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase or enhance the size of your breasts using breast implants. It is performed under general anaesthetic. On average you can expect a six to eight-week recovery timeline.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Timeline
24-Hours After The Surgery
Once the anaesthetic has worn off you will experience pain in your chest, nausea, tiredness and sensitivity in your breasts. There will also be swelling and bruising that will improve over time. You must arrange for someone else to drive you home afterwards.
The first 24-hours after having your breast implants are the most uncomfortable period, but you will be given pain medication and muscle relaxants to help you through it. Once your muscles have stretched, you should not feel pain anymore. Your surgeon will instruct you on how to care for your incision sites. It’s likely that your breasts will be taped to your chest
Five To Seven Days After The Procedure
During the first week, it is normal to experience discomfort and pain but it should be easy to relieve with medication and should be less intense as time passes.
You will be advised to avoid heavy lifting or postures that require you to lift your arms above your head.
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By this time, your breast implants will start settling into their new positions. If your surgeon has shown you how to massage them, you should continue to do this throughout the week.
This will improve swelling and help you to relax your chest muscles.
Three To Four Weeks Later
By the third and fourth week following your breast implants, you should feel very little discomfort and pain however it’s possible you may still have some bruising.
At this stage, you may be able to resume light exercise. It’s a good idea to wear a surgical bra, to give you extra support. They have clasps on the front of the bra, which makes them easier to remove.
Four To Six Weeks Later
By this point, most patients have achieved full recovery and can return to their daily activities. You will probably visit your cosmetic surgeon for a follow-up appointment around this point. Most patients have healed six weeks after surgery.
Recovery After Breast Augmentation: Tips For Faster Healing
By following these breast augmentation tips, you may be able to facilitate a faster recovery
Make sure you wear a recovery bra
Recovery bras are easy to put on and take off and provide additional support that helps with a speedier delivery. Wear one for as long as possible.
Take your pain medication as required
Your medication can make recovery a more bearable process so take it as needed. The pain and discomfort should improve as you get used to your breast implants, but the medication can make the healing process much easier on you.
Take it easy on exercise for a few weeks
It’s advisable to avoid vigorous activities that cause your blood pressure to spike during your recovery. Your cosmetic surgeon will let you know when you can resume exercise.
Take good care of your incision sites
Before you leave the surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will explain how to look after your incision sites. Make sure you follow the advice and apply the ointment or bandage to your breasts as directed.
Make sure your home is ready for your arrival
Get your home ready ahead of time by ensuring you have a comfortable spot to recover in. get some help around the house to keep it clean and have home-cooked meals every day. If possible, make a few home-cooked meals and freeze them. Eating a healthy diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals can make recovery go faster.
Do not smoke
Smoking interferes with your body’s ability to heal and can slow the process down. It can also make you more susceptible to infection. It’s advisable to quit at least a few weeks before your surgery, and you definitely should not smoke during your recovery period.
What To Look Out For After Breast Implants
If your breasts look red, feel warm to the touch and you have a fever you must notify your cosmetic surgeon as this could be a sign of an infection that needs treatment.
Any worsening pain or swelling should also be discussed with your surgeon.
Make sure you keep all your follow up appointments during recovery after breast augmentation so your surgeon can ensure you are reaching your recovery goals.
To find out more about how to speed up your breast augmentation recovery it’s best to speak to a professional. Please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 8599 7161.
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