What to Expect during Breast Augmentation Recovery
Breast augmentation recovery is a crucial step toward achieving the results you desire. Dr. Ken Smart at Frisco Plastic Surgery & MedSpa will work closely with you following your surgery to monitor your healing and provide explicit instructions for a successful recovery yielding beautiful results. To learn more about what you can expect during breast augmentation recovery, please reach out to our Frisco, TX, practice today and schedule your consultation.
The First 48 Hours
Patients are strongly advised to lie down and rest for the first 48 hours after surgery. During this time, the body is starting the healing process, and chest muscles may feel tight and sore. You can expect to experience general discomfort, swelling, bruising, and nipple sensitivity, although the severity is unique to each patient. To help control discomfort and swelling, patients are encouraged to apply an ice pack to the treatment area for 15 minutes at a time. Dr. Smart may also prescribe pain medication or an over-the-counter option to alleviate pain. Patients may be advised to wear a special support bra during initial recovery. Patients should arrange to have plenty of assistance from a family member or friend for the first few days after surgery.
After the first 48 hours, side effects will begin to subside. By the end of the first week, discomfort, bruising, and swelling will have gone down noticeably. Many patients will be feeling well enough after the first week to return to work and resume non-strenuous activities. Dr. Smart will let you know when it is appropriate to reintroduce these tasks into your day-to-day life.
In the second third week, side effects are usually reduced to minor soreness and swelling. Patients can enjoy improved mobility, and additional non-strenuous activities may be resumed at this time. Light walks are a great way to promote circulation and healing. However, any activity that significantly raises the heart rate or places strain on incisions should be avoided.
Weeks Three through Six
In weeks three through six, swelling will be mostly resolved. At this time, patients can begin to see what the final results of their procedure will look like. The implants should be nearly settled into their proper position, and the majority of the tissue will have healed by about a month and a half after the surgery.
The Months following Your Surgery
Within a few months after your breast augmentation, any residual tightness or swelling will have completely subsided. During this period, patients continue to experience subtle changes in the shape and positioning of the breasts. Surgical scarring will have started to fade, and will be less noticeable over time.
Learn More during a Consultation
Understanding every stage of breast augmentation, from planning to recovery, can help you achieve beautiful results and give you valuable peace of mind.To learn more about how Dr. Smart’s expertise can help you experience a safe and rewarding recovery following breast augmentation, please reach out to our practice and schedule your appointment.
“I opted for the breast augmentation with lift along with a tummy tuck and now I look better than I did in high school!” T.C.