What to Expect During Your Breast Augmentation Recovery - Lawrence Rosenberg, MD Blog

What to Expect During Your Breast Augmentation Recovery

A Breast Augmentation is a procedure where breast implants are placed within the breast to increase its size. For some women, breast augmentation can be performed for reconstruction of breasts after cancer or trauma. For others, it can increase comfort and self-confidence by raising the breasts. Breast augmentation should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Rosenberg. Each patient’s recovery is unique, but here are a few things that are generally to be expected.

24 Hours Post Augmentation

Patients most commonly experience bruising, moderate discomfort, swelling, and nausea within the first 24 hours after surgery, and can be eased using painkillers. Alcohol, nicotine, and blood thinning medicines should be strictly avoided during this time. You will most likely need assistance in moving, preparing meals, and getting dressed.

Two to Ten Days after Surgery

Displacement exercises and massage techniques are recommended to help prevent capsular contracture, but you’ll be otherwise unable to do heavy lifting or exercise. You can drive after 48 hours with your plastic surgeon’s approval, and follow-up appointments usually occur during this time.

Ten to Fourteen Days Post Surgery

Light activities can be resumed after consulting your plastic surgeon, but heavy lifting and mild exercises should still be avoided.

Two to Three Weeks after Augmentation

Your plastic surgeon will most likely approve you to return to your job, depending on whether it’s physically demanding or not. Weightlifting, push-ups, and upper body exercises may still be forbidden from your exercise routine.

Four to Six Weeks following Surgery

You can expect to begin to see your intended results around this time, since you’ve allowed your breasts the chance to settle naturally. With your plastic surgeon’s approval, you may be able to stop wearing your surgical bras and resume your normal exercise routine.

Several Months Post Augmentation

Healing of your scar tissue can take a long time, depending on your skin, but you can speak with your plastic surgeon about your options. You might be permitted for tough exercises by this time. You should continue to be vigilant for signs of complication from this point forward and speak to your plastic surgeon about any concerns you have.

To consult with Dr. Rosenberg about your breast augmentation options and what to expect, contact us by calling or filling out our online form.

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Lawrence Rosenberg, MD

Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg is a founding member of The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland. He began his plastic surgery practice in Baltimore after completing 13 years of extensive postgraduate training. Today, he is a distinguished surgeon, expertly performing breast augmentations, breast lifts, liposuctions, tummy tucks, facelifts, facial rejuvenation, and more for patients in the Maryland area and beyond. View all posts by Lawrence Rosenberg, MD

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