Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the US, and its popularity shows no signs of waning. Patients considering breast augmentation are typically concerned about the recovery time. Knowing what to expect after surgery is beneficial, as it helps patients make the necessary plans to ensure a smooth recovery.
What is the Recovery Time for Breast Augmentation?
Recovery after breast augmentation won’t be the same for every patient. However, it typically takes about 6 weeks to fully recover from breast augmentation surgery. Patients are generally advised to take at least 2 weeks off work after breast augmentation.
There are several factors that can influence the length of recovery, including the overall health of the patient, and the placement of the breast implants. The recovery period is usually longer when implants are placed under the pectoralis major muscle (submuscular), rather than above the muscle (subglandular).
What to expect during breast augmentation recovery
Patients can expect to experience some pain and discomfort in the first 5-10 days after surgery, but pain medication is prescribed to reduce these symptoms. Doctors typically advise patients to enlist assistance from family members or friends during this time, so that they can get the rest they need to move healing along.
Swelling and bruising can also be expected after breast augmentation, and these side-effects can take several months to resolve. Patients are required to wear a compression garment to help with healing. Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 2 weeks (read more).
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