Breast augmentation is an elective cosmetic surgery designed to increase the size or augment the shape of a person’s breasts. Most breast augmentation procedures use implants to increase breast size. Sometimes fat from another part of the body is used, though implant placement is more common.
- To enhance appearance
- Reconstructive purposes after surgery or injury
- Adjusting uneven breast appearance
Most patients take between 6 and 8 weeks to fully recover after this form of elective surgery. There are a number of factors influencing recovery time. Here is a timeline detailing what you can expect after your breast augmentation.
You will be transferred to a recovery room where the anesthesia will be allowed to wear off. Some soreness is to be expected.
Expect the soreness to slowly recede as the anesthesia leaves your system. Your surgeon will wrap your breasts with an elastic band. You will need someone to drive you home.
Some discomfort and minor bleeding are to be expected. Pain can be managed using doctor-recommended painkillers.
Pain should become minimal. With the approval of your surgeon, you may resume some forms of light activity under the advisement of your surgeon.
Some mild soreness and swelling will remain. Physically demanding activities like running and heavy lifting are not yet recommended. Milder painkillers may be used at this time.
You should be nearly fully recovered by this time. Consult with your doctor before resuming full, normal activities.
Scarring, allergic reactions, and excessive pain are uncommon but are within the range of normal complications. You may notice appearance changes you did not expect, numbness, and sensation changes. Consult your doctor should any of these or other minor complications arise.
Your breast augmentation will be performed in a way that suits your needs, expectations, and goals. There are two primary types of breast augmentation. The type of surgery that is best for you will be based on your surgeon’s recommendations, your medical needs, and the look you hope to achieve.
Cosmetic Implants: In this procedure, saline or silicone implants will be placed below the muscle, pectoralis, or push-up.
Reconstructive Augmentation: In this form of breast augmentation the breast can be augmented using tissue from another part of your body. Implants can also be used in some cases.
Recovery Bra: Your doctor will recommend a recovery bra to protect your breasts during recovery
Incision Care: Use bandages and apply ointment in accordance with your surgeon’s directions
Medication: Use pain medication as directed and prescribed
Home Prep: Make sure your home is clean and meal prep is completed before the procedure
Loose Clothing: Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
Avoid Excessive Activity: Strenuous activity is not recommended until recovery is complete
Eat Nutrient Dense Food: Optimal healing requires a nutrient-rich diet consisting of fruit, vegetables, and lean protein
If you believe breast augmentation is right for you, contact John M. Trupiano MD today for your initial consultation.