What to Expect During Breast Augmentation Recovery
In 2019, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that breast augmentation has remained the most popular plastic surgery in the U.S. since 2006. After the procedure, women may report higher levels of self-esteem and overall happiness. While satisfaction is the goal, it’s important to keep in mind what the road to recovery looks like and feels like.
Post-Op Recovery Stages
Recovery will be different for each patient; however, there are three phases you can expect when recovering from your breast augmentation. Consult your doctor to determine what your individual recovery would look like.
Immediately after surgery, you will feel sleepy and disoriented coming back from anesthesia. It takes a few hours for the anesthesia to wear off, so make sure you have a trusted family member or friend to drive you home after surgery.
The First Week
Most women say the first three to five days are the most grueling. Your doctor will likely prescribe a pain medication to help ease discomfort. Some surgeons even inject a pain pump to help with the first 72 hours.
After the first few days, pain can be managed through over-the-counter medicine. Most women reported returning to work comfortably after the first seven days.
The Next Few Weeks
After the first week, doctors will encourage you to ease back into daily life: work schedules, light exercise, etc. At this point, discomfort should be minimal, though steer clear of jarring movements like running or heavy lifting. If your job is labor heavy, be prepared to sit out of work for about three weeks.
Your doctor will assess your healing during your routine follow-up appointment. Generally, women make a full recovery after eight weeks and are cleared for all activities. Always consult your doctor if abnormal pains arise. Every woman’s body is different, so determining a set time is difficult to gauge overall. Most surgeons say full recovery can take about six weeks.
Your surgeon will assess your overall health to determine a more precise timeline of your recovery journey after your procedure. If you’re currently considering breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with Elizabeth A. Kinsley, MD. She offers personalized treatment and brings a female perspective to clients throughout the Northshore and Greater New Orleans area.