Since some patients heal faster than others, the breast augmentation recovery process will be slightly different for everyone. After arriving home from surgery, you can expect some mild soreness and discomfort, but this should be easily managed with pain medication. Most patients are able to stop taking pain medication after the first 2-3 days of recovery.
You can also expect:
- Swelling – The majority of the swelling in your breasts will resolve over the next 2 to 3 weeks. However, it can take a few months for your breasts settle into their final position.
- Pressure in the chest – If your breast implants were placed under the muscle, you may experience a feeling of tightness in your chest. This is because the pectoral muscles need time to gradually stretch out over your implants.
- Bruising – Like swelling, this side effect is temporary and will resolve itself over time.
Plan on getting plenty of rest during the first few days of your recovery. Light exercise in the form of gentle walks is encouraged in order to improve blood circulation, and most women can return to work within a week. However, you will still need to avoid strenuous exercise for about a month – or until Dr. Lefkovits advises you it is safe. We will closely follow up with you throughout your recovery to monitor your healing progress.
If you have further questions about what to expect from breast augmentation recovery, please contact Park Plaza Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation with New York City board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits. You can also reach us by phone at (212) 750-9494.