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Breast Augmentation Recovery: What To Expect And Tips For Healing

Breast Augmentation Recovery: What To Expect And Tips For Healing

Breast augmentation increases the volume of your breasts with silicone or saline implants. This cosmetic breast surgery helps to enhance breast volume and projection, and achieve better symmetry when breasts are moderately disproportionate in size and shape. While breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a common plastic surgery option and it can help you achieve your desired look, it's important to understand the recovery process and what to expect after the surgery. In addition to deciding on the size, shape, type and profile you prefer, make sure you are ready to commit the time and space to heal after surgery. In this blog, we'll discuss breast augmentation recovery and provide tips for healing.

What To Expect During Breast Augmentation Recovery

The recovery period after breast augmentation is unique for every patient and will be impacted by the type of surgery you had, the size of the implants, and your body's natural healing process. However, there are some general guidelines that most patients can expect during breast augmentation recovery.

Pain and Discomfort
After the surgery, it's common to experience pain, soreness, and discomfort in your chest and the surrounding area. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help manage your discomfort. It's important to take the medication as directed and avoid overexerting yourself, as this can exacerbate your pain.

Swelling and Bruising
You can expect to experience some degree of swelling and bruising after the surgery. This is a normal part of the healing process and should begin to subside within a few days. To reduce swelling and bruising, your surgeon may recommend using cold compresses on your breasts for the first 48 hours after surgery.

Restricted Activity
After breast augmentation, you'll need to take it easy for a few weeks. You'll need to avoid lifting heavy objects or participating in strenuous activities such as exercise or sports for at least 4 to 6 weeks. It's important to follow your surgeon's instructions to avoid complications and ensure proper healing.

Tips for Optimal Healing After Breast Augmentation

While everyone's healing journey is different, there are some tips you can follow to help ensure a smooth recovery after breast augmentation.

Get Plenty of Rest
Rest is crucial for healing after breast augmentation. Make sure to get plenty of rest in the first few days after the surgery. Avoid any activities that could strain your chest muscles, and make sure to sleep in an upright position to help reduce swelling.

Follow Your Plastic Surgeon's Instructions
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions to follow during your recovery. Make sure to follow these instructions carefully to avoid complications and ensure proper healing. These instructions may include wearing a compression garment, taking medication, avoiding certain activities, and a timeline for follow-up appointments.

Stay Hydrated and Eat a Healthy Diet
Drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet can help speed up your recovery. Staying hydrated can help reduce swelling, while a healthy diet can provide your body with the nutrients it needs to heal properly.

Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking and alcohol can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of complications. It's important to avoid smoking and alcohol during your recovery period.

Be Patient
Breast augmentation recovery can take several weeks or even months. It's important to be patient and allow your body to heal at its own pace. Don't rush back into your normal routine or activities until your plastic surgeon gives you the green light.

Transformative Breast Augmentation Results In The Okanagan

Breast augmentation can be a life-changing procedure, but it's essential to take the recovery process seriously. By following your surgeon's instructions, getting plenty of rest, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking and alcohol, you can help ensure a smooth recovery and achieve the best possible results. Remember to be patient and take your time to heal properly before resuming your normal activities. If you have any concerns or questions during your recovery period, don't hesitate to consult with your plastic surgeon. If you are interested in learning more about breast implants, you can read 8 Common Questions When Contemplating Getting Breast Implants and when you are ready to discuss your breast augmentation options with Kelowna’s choice plastic surgeon, contact Peterson MD at 1-250-868-9099 or fill out the online contact form to schedule a consultation. 

Dr. Brian Peterson at Peterson MD in Kelowna is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive medical training and specialization in Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgery. With the extensive knowledge and skill of Dr. Peterson, along with the knowledgeable staff at Peterson MD who are committed to providing patient education, you can feel confident in the results of your cosmetic surgery.


Q: Will my surgeon give me insight into which implants I should choose?
A: Yes, your plastic surgeon will be there to guide you through your breast augmentation journey and will educate you about all of your options, weighing the pros and cons of saline and silicone implants to help you make the best decision for yourself.

Q: Do silicone implants ever need to be replaced?
A: Silicone implants tend to last between 10 and 20 years, at which point they should be replaced. Other factors such as personal taste or implant changes (such as ruptures or wrinkling) may also call for implant removal or replacement. For more information, read How Often Do I Need To Replace My Silicone Implants?

Q: How do I know if I want a breast lift or breast augmentation?
A: Determining whether you would benefit from a breast lift or breast augmentation will depend on what your goals are for improving your breasts. If you wish to change their size as well as their shape, breast augmentation may be a better fit for you. If you like your current breast size but they have become saggy, a breast lift procedure may be best for you. You can even combine these procedures for optimal results. To be sure about what procedure you would benefit most from, contact Dr. Brian Peterson to book a consultation.

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