Our patients admit the part of breast augmentation surgery that scares them the most isn’t the surgery itself, but it’s the recovery process they’ll have to go through following their procedure. Breast augmentation recovery may seem daunting right now, but we’re going to break it down for you step-by-step, so you know exactly what to expect after your breast augmentation.
How Long Will it Take to Recover from Breast Augmentation?
Most doctors, including Dr. Leverett, agree it takes about six weeks on average to make a full recovery from breast augmentation and return to their regular daily activities. But, really, there is no exact amount of time it takes to recover from breast augmentation. We’ve seen some women feeling great after one week, and others needing a full eight weeks to feel back to themselves again. The best way to ensure you make a full, timely recovery is to take things one step at a time.
Immediately After Breast Augmentation
Immediately following your breast augmentation, you’re going to feel super groggy and sore. You’ll want to recruit a buddy to drive you home and stay with you for the first portion of your recovery. Make sure this buddy is a close friend, family member or significant other, as they’re going to be the one to help you keep up with your medication, sponge bathe and make your way to the bathroom after your breast augmentation.
The First Five to Seven Days After Breast Augmentation
The first week of your recovery is going to be the hardest, but you’ll have your buddy there to help you through. Many patients say they feel an intense pressure on their chest as if someone is pressing down on their sternum. This is normal and will subside after the first few days. It’s not uncommon for patients to feel they are able to return to work after the first week of recovery. If you feel up to it, Dr. Leverett encourages you to return to your daily routine as soon as you feel comfortable.
The Next Few Weeks
After the first week of recovery, you should feel more comfortable with returning to most of your daily routine. You’ll continue to go to your follow-up appointments with Dr. Leverett to track your healing process and ensure there are no signs of infection. It’s important you remember to avoid rigorous activities, like running or weight lifting, until getting the OK from Dr. Leverett, even if you feel up to it.
Before you know it, you’ll have made a full recovery from your breast augmentation. Altogether, it shouldn’t take more than two months to resume your normal daily activities including rigorous workouts. At this time you can fully enjoy and embrace the appearance of your new, beautiful breasts.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips
Dr. Leverett wanted to share three of his breast augmentation recovery tips with you to ensure a smooth healing process.
- Rest up. Resting and hydrating enough is crucial to a smooth and quick recovery. We can’t stress this enough.
- Get prepared. Prepare your home and wardrobe to be ready for your needs post-surgery. Make sure to have plenty of clothing you can put on and remove easily without having to lift your arms too much.
- Find a dependable bra. You’re going to be required to wear a bra at all times following your surgery, so make sure to find some with a comfortable band and breathable fabric.
If you want to learn more about the breast augmentation process, call our office to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Leverett. Also, browse through our breast augmentation before and after photos to get a good idea of what you can expect from your breast augmentation with Dr. Leverett.