What Does Recovery From a Breast Augmentation Look Like?

A successful breast augmentation surgery is one that’s planned for from the first consultation through recovery. Why? Because when you already know exactly what to expect, you don’t have to worry. When you’re not spending time worrying, you’re able to focus on the excitement and joy of meeting your brand-new post-op self.

Plus, by arming yourself with this knowledge, you’re empowering yourself to make the most informed decision possible. A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is an invaluable step in this process, offering personalized insights tailored to your needs week by week during breast augmentation recovery.

Remember — informed decisions pave the way for smoother, more satisfying experiences.

How Long is Breast Augmentation Recovery?

After a breast augmentation, you will be ready to return to work within two weeks. This, of course, depends on the nature of your job — however, that rule only applies for all but the most extreme of professions.

How many days off do you need after breast augmentation?

The average person will require one to two weeks off of work after a breast augmentation. Specific recovery times will vary by person and their unique health status and environment, but it’s not uncommon to need to recover from bed for the first few days at least.

Breast Augmentation Recovery Week by Week

Week 1: Immediate Post-Op
Day 1-2: Initial recovery at home with prescribed pain medications.
Day 3-7: Gradual reduction in pain and swelling, limited arm movement.
Activity: Rest and avoid strenuous activities; no heavy lifting.

Week 2: Early Recovery
Day 8-14: Continued reduction in swelling and discomfort.
Activity: Begin light activities, but still avoid heavy lifting.
Follow-Up: Attend a follow-up appointment with your surgeon.

Week 3-4: Intermediate Recovery
Day 15-28: Subsiding of initial discomfort; increased mobility.
Activity: Gradual return to light exercise; follow surgeon’s advice.
Follow-Up: Another check-up with the surgeon.

Week 5-6: Transition to Normal Activities
Day 29-42: Discomfort further decreases; return to most normal activities.
Activity: Continue easing back into regular routines.
Follow-Up: Follow any additional postoperative instructions.

How Long do Breasts Stay Firm After Augmentation?

The longevity of breast firmness after augmentation can vary from person to person and depends on factors including individual anatomy, implant type and lifestyle. That said: it is completely normal to experience an initial high-set hardness with newly augmented breasts. You can expect them to settle and soften within the first two to six months.

How Long After Breast Augmentation Do Breasts Look Normal?

Your breasts will settle and soften into their long-term look within two to six months of the initial procedure. Any scarring will subsequently decrease over time, especially in patients who avoid direct sunlight exposure on the tissue as they heal.

What Should You Avoid After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

After breast augmentation surgery, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s specific post-operative instructions for optimal healing and to avoid complications. While individual recommendations may vary, it is recommended to initially avoid strenuous activity, stretching, side sleeping, and both underwire bras and restrictive clothing.

  • Underwire Bras: Avoid underwire bras during the initial recovery period. Your surgeon may recommend a supportive surgical or sports bra to provide proper support.
  • Strenuous Activities: Avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and activities that strain the chest muscles for several weeks. This helps prevent excessive movement of the implants during initial healing. Remember: kids are heavy! So is your purse. Have someone else carry both around for you during your initial recovery period or downsize to a very small bag that holds only the essentials.
  • Side or Front Sleeping: Initially, sleep on your back to avoid putting pressure on the chest and breasts. Some surgeons recommend sleeping with your upper body elevated for the first few days.
  • Reaching or Stretching: Be cautious about reaching or stretching excessively, especially during the early weeks of recovery. This helps prevent unnecessary stress on incisions and implants.
  • Excessive Sun Exposure: Minimize direct sun exposure to the incision sites, as excessive sunlight can promote hyperpigmentation and scarring. If sun exposure is unavoidable, use sunscreen with a high SPF.

If you’d like to talk to a specialist about what a breast lift or augmentation could do for you? Fill out RENEW’s easy Request an Appointment form and one of our schedulers will be in touch to get you scheduled to talk to a specialist ASAP.

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