Although recovery is not extremely difficult after breast augmentation, it helps to know the recovery timeline, so that you can recover well and enjoy your new breasts. So how long is the recovery for breast augmentation, and what should you expect.
How long is the recovery for breast augmentation?
Full recovery after breast augmentation generally takes 4-6 weeks. Most patients are able to return to work within 1-2 weeks, but those with strenuous jobs will need more time to recover.
The length of the downtime after breast augmentation is influenced by the size of the implants and the placement, i.e. above or below the pectoralis major muscle. Submuscular placement (below the muscle) is a more invasive procedure, and typically requires a longer recovery time than subglandular placement (above the muscle).
What to expect during breast augmentation recovery
Patients can expect their breasts to be swollen and sore for several weeks after surgery. The worst of the swelling usually occurs about 3-5 days after the operation. Patients may also experience some pain during this time, but all discomfort should resolve within 2 weeks.
Patients are advised to rest comfortably for the first few days after surgery. This may require enlisting some assistance with household duties for at least 3-4 days. Light exercise can be resumed after about 3 weeks, but heavy lifting should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
In order to ensure optimal healing after breast augmentation patients should follow the post-surgical instructions of their plastic surgeon, and eat healthy, nutritious meals.
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If you are in the greater Boca Raton, FL area, contact Dr. Cristina Keusch of Boca Raton Plastic Surgery Center, for a consultation.
You can reach Dr. Keusch at www.drkeusch.com, or by calling (561) 529-9174.