Breast augmentation recovery time depends on whether the breast implants are being placed under the pectoral muscle or over the muscle. The recovery time also depends on the breast augmentation technique used for the surgery. Patients can also minimize any risks and the overall recovery time by taking the time pinpointing an experienced and top-rated plastic surgeon.
The average recovery time after breast augmentation surgery typically lasts a period of 24-48 hours. After breast augmentation surgery, patients will be closely monitored in a designated recovery area. In most cases, Patients often are allowed to go home within a few hours.
Patients’ breasts are typically wrapped in gauze dressings as well as a support bra or elastic bandages to diminish swelling in the breasts while they heal.
Breast Augmentation Home Care Programs
Patients are provided with specific instructiosn or home care programs before leaving the recovery room, regarding how to care for the breasts after surgery. Post-surgery care instructions may include medications to take orally or to apply to the breasts to reduce the risk of infection and aid the healing process, as well as a timeline of when the patient should follow up with the plastic surgeon.
About 65% of patients experience no bruising at all and 35% experience slight bruising. During the post breast augmentation recovery period, it is vital to keep the incision sites clean and apply ointment on a regular basis. Patients are often instructed to wear a support bra at all hours of the day during the first couple weeks.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Time: Following Weeks Post-Op
Depending on the nature of the surgery, patients may be instructed to minimize any activities that will increase blood pressure, for several days. Activities may include sports, household chores and even sex. Women should be especially cautious when doing activities involving the arms, such as lifting. It is recommended that patients keep their heart rate under 100 for about two weeks. In many cases, 85% of patients can return to driving and normal activity in three days or less, while are 95% can drive in four days post breast augmentation surgery.
It’s is common to experience swelling and soreness for a few weeks. The plastic surgeon will provide direction and insight when patients can return to an active lifestyle.