While there are several popular cosmetic surgeries available and new technologies introduced, breast augmentation continues to be one of the most sought after. In fact, this was the top procedure last year in the US alone in terms of cosmetic operations. Many people report a higher level of happiness and self-confidence after an enhancement procedure.

Before undergoing surgery, it’s important for patients to learn what to expect during the post-surgery period. Knowing how long recovery will take can help patients feel more prepared for the life-changing experience.

How long does it take to make a full recovery?

Unfortunately, there’s no exact timeline that would be applicable to each woman’s unique body. Generally, surgeons tell their patients that full recovery should be achieved in roughly six weeks or so. Some women notice that their bodies feel great after just one week.

Your surgeon is going to be able to provide you with a more accurate timeline given your current health and body composition.

What are the different post-op stages in recovery?

Immediately post-operation

After you wake up from the anesthesia, you’ll probably feel sore and groggy. These effects feel a little bit like a mild hangover and should cease within a few hours. You’ll need to organize a ride back home and have someone stay with you through the night.

First 5-7 days

On average, your first 3-5 days following the procedure are the most unpleasant. You’ll probably be prescribed pain medication. Some surgeons might even suggest a pain pump or pain injection to minimize the discomfort within the first 72 hours.

After these first days pass, many women are able to manage their discomfort with over-the-counter painkillers. Also, most patients are able to resume desk work after a week or so following the procedure.

The following weeks

Patients are often encouraged to ease their way back into a typical daily routine and light exercise. At this point, discomfort should remain at a minimum. Still, most doctors will advise that women refrain from very strenuous or taxing activities such as horseback riding, running, heavy lifting, or very active workouts. Those with jobs that require a lot of physical labor might have to wait three weeks or so before returning.

Making a full recovery

Your surgeon can determine how your healing is progressing during the follow-up appointment.

Typically, most patients receive clearance to return to their normal daily routines and activities after two months.

It’s critical to adhere to the recommendations and instructions of your doctor to ensure that the implants heal in time.

Here are a few tips for a smooth recovery:

  • Invest in a few recovery bras that are comfortable and supportive.
  • Prep some meals before the surgery to minimize required activity post-op.
  • Ask a family member or friend to help around the house, especially if you have kids.
  • Get sufficient rest to ensure a rapid and successful recovery.

If you’re ready to achieve your ideal augmentation or have a few questions, call our office at (646) 583-3989 to connect with a knowledgeable representative.

Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS
Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

For over 35 years, Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS, has made it his life's work to enhance the natural beauty of his patients in the Upper East Side and surrounding areas of New York City. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Diktaban provides the ideal blend of realistic, aesthetic, and safe cosmetic treatments and procedures.

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