When undergoing any surgery, it’s important to remember that the surgery is only half of the process. Recovering from breast augmentation surgery can be just as daunting as the surgery itself if you do not know what to expect. We’re going to take you through each step of the way and what you can expect when you recover from breast augmentation surgery.
The First 24 Hours
Immediately after breast augmentation surgery, it’s normal to feel a moderate amount of discomfort. Keep in mind this can generally be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medication, depending on what Dr. Pollard recommends to you. Your arm movements will be restricted for the first day or two, so make sure you have some easily removable shirts around, like button-down or zip-up tops. Remember you will need to avoid anything that will thin your blood during this time, including nicotine and tobacco.
Five to 10 Days Post-Augmentation
During this period, you’ll typically be asked to do some displacement exercises. These exercises help you achieve a more natural-looking breast augmentation after your recovery. After 48 hours, you should be cleared to drive, so long as you are not taking any prescription medications that can impair your motor skills and you feel physically able to make a sudden turn. Make sure to check with Dr. Pollard before getting behind the wheel. Keep in mind you may have one or two follow-up visits in the first 10 days.
10 to 14 Days Post-Augmentation
This is the point where everything starts to settle and return to normal. You will get the green light to return to work and resume light lower-body exercises and activities. Although you are getting back to normal after recovering from breast augmentation, it is still important to note you should not lift anything heavy or participate in any intense aerobic activities at this time.
Two to Six Weeks Post-Augmentation
About one month after breast augmentations surgery, you’ll begin to see your final results. Your breasts will start to settle into their natural position and you shouldn’t be experiencing much discomfort anymore. At the four week mark, you can also start to transition from your surgical bra back to your regular bras. At about six weeks, you should be able to start more rigorous physical activities again like upper body workouts and running.
Bonus Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips
Keep these in mind when you’re recovering from breast augmentation surgery.
- Avoid blood-thinning medications, like Aspirin.
- Once Dr. Pollard gives you the OK, moisturize regularly with the dermHA Therapeutic Creme to avoid stretch marks.
- Make sure you get lots of rest – this will help speed the recovery process.
- Avoid sleeping on your sides. Instead, rest upright with pillows behind your back.
- Don’t be alarmed if your nipples are hypersensitive or lacking sensation after your breast augmentation – they’ve been through a lot and sensation will generally return to normal on its own.
If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation or recovery from breast augmentation, contact us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Pollard.