Breast Implant Recovery

Last Updated: April 24, 2012

Like any other surgery, breast augmentation requires patients to take an appropriate amount of time off from work and regular activities to allow their bodies to recover and heal. Breast implant recovery does not take an excessive amount of time, however, and post-surgical medical complications are rare.

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After breast surgery you'll be able to continue with your regular routine very shortly, but it is advised you spend the first 48 hours following the surgery resting and allowing the body to immediately recuperate.

Recovering After Breast Implant Surgery

Immediately after breast augmentation surgery, a patient usually needs about a week to recover. The first 48 hours following the surgery should be spent resting.

Do not expect to return to your regular routine until your body has had some chance to recuperate.

The breasts will be firm, high, and swollen, which makes most patients willing to devote the necessary time to rest and heal.

Speeding up recovery time?

There are suggestively some ways for a breast augmentation patient to speed up recovery time immediately following the surgery. Methods to speed up the recovery time and to make recuperation more comfortable include:

  • applying ice packs to the chest the day of the surgery,
  • sleeping in an upright position for at least two weeks following the procedure,
  • avoiding sleeping on the stomach,
  • Using a surgical bra designed to strengthen the breast tissue can reinforce the placement of the breast.

With smooth breast implants, massage the breasts daily to keep the implants soft and properly positioned.

Avoid Unnecessary Pressure

For all breast implant patients, the best way to avoid interfering with breast implant recovery is to ensure that no unnecessary pressure is placed on the chest area during the first week of recovery.

Week 1 and 2

Within 7-10 days after the surgery, the stitches and gauze dressings are removed.

Post-surgical evaluations continue to give the patient access to specific recovery advice based on their individual experience with the breast implant process.

For example, many plastic surgeons provide patients with a surgical bra designed to strengthen the breast tissue and reinforce the placement of the breast implants.

Week 3 to 5

Although patients will be able to return to work within a week and resume their regular social schedule within two weeks, full recovery will take slightly longer.

Typically, swelling in the patient's breasts will be present for the first 3-5 weeks following the surgery before disappearing.

Scars from the incisions used in breast augmentation surgery are permanent, however, plastic surgeons generally attempt to minimize the effects of surgical scars by placing them in areas typically covered by a piece of clothing.

Week 6 -->

Although normal activity can be resumed quickly, full recovery from breast implant surgery takes as long as a year, as the breast implants settle into a permanent position.

More information on breast implants;
Breast Augmentation with Implants
Saline Breast Implants
Silicone Breast Implants
Sizes and Shapes of Breast Implants

You will find more articles on the topic of breast implants in the "Related Articles box" on the upper right hand side of this page.

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