At some point in your life, you may want to change or improve the shape of your breasts. Perhaps you always had small breasts and would like to make them larger. Or maybe your breasts changed shape after pregnancy and you want to restore their former appearance.
Whatever your case, breast augmentation can help. But how long does it take to recover from this procedure? That’s the topic we address in this blog post.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Timeline
Breast augmentation recovery goes through several distinct stages. Here’s what the timeline looks like.
Immediately Following Breast Augmentation
Immediately after breast augmentation surgery, Dr. Greenberg and the team at Winter Park Plastic Surgery will move you to a recovery room where you will wait for the effects of the anesthetic to wear off.
During this time, we will monitor you for post-surgical complications. You may experience grogginess and tiredness. You may also feel a new tightness in your chest if you’ve received implants. That’s because implants increase breast volume.
In the following days, you may feel some discomfort. Dr. Greenberg and the team will provide you with pain management advice and medication to control the pain.
1-2 Weeks Post-Op
Between one and two weeks after the operation, you may start being able to manage discomfort using regular over-the-counter medications. After the first week, the level of pain should decline substantially. Following Dr. Greenberg’s instructions, you may be able to return to light daily activities, such as folding clothes or doing the dishes.
One Month Post-Op
After around one month, most of the swelling should have subsided. Soreness should also now nearly be gone. At this point, you can return to regular exercise. If you have a manual labor job that involves lifting heavy objects, you can go back to this too.
6 Months to 1 Year Post-Op
Between 6 months and 1 year after the operation, the pigmentation of scars should fade, taking on the same tone as the rest of your body. Scars will continue to fade up to two years after surgery.
Benefits of Breast Augmentation
Getting breast augmentation from Dr. Greenberg brings many benefits.
- Fuller appearance: Pregnancy, aging, and genetics can cause your breasts to appear “deflated” or saggy. Breast augmentation allows you to increase volume, making your breasts appear fuller
- Better symmetry: Breast augmentation can also help even-up your breasts, making both of them look the same.
- Larger size: You can also use the procedure the overall size of your breasts through the use of implants
Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
You may be a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery if:
- You want to correct sagging breasts
- You’ve lost breast volume or plumpness after pregnancy and nursing
- Your breasts are uneven or asymmetrical
- You feel that your breasts are too small or large
Candidates should not be pregnant or nursing. They should also be nonsmokers and in good physical health.
Take the Next Step
Want to learn more about what you can expect from breast augmentation? Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). (407) 644-3137