The breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures out there. Although it’s a well-known procedure, not many people know about the recovery that goes along with it. Let’s break down the recovery process step-by-step so you know what you can expect after getting a breast enhancement.
Immediately After Your Procedure
After your surgery, you’ll want to recruit a close friend or family member to help you out immediately after your surgery and over the next couple of days. They’ll be able to drive you home after your procedure and take care of you if you need help.
The First Few Days
The first three to five days are going to be the most uncomfortable for you, which should be expected with breast implant surgery. You’ll most likely be prescribed pain medication to help you with this discomfort for these first few days. You’ll also need to limit your activities a lot in these first few days, which means avoiding moving your arms too much. After about a week, you’ll be able to start doing light activities again, but just make sure not to exercise until you get the okay from your doctor.
After the first three to five days, you’ll have your first follow-up appointment with Dr. Klein. At this point, he’ll remove the bandages and check your progress.
You’ll have your second follow-up appointment with Dr. Klein about seven to 10 days after your surgery. At this appointment, he’ll evaluate your progress from your previous appointment. At this point, you may notice your breasts feel firm and may not look the way you want. Don’t panic. This is all a normal part of swelling and takes time to subside.
The Following Weeks
After the first week, it’s encouraged you start getting back into your daily routine. Your discomfort should be minimal at this point. Remember not to do any strenuous activity like running or rigorous workouts without the approval from Dr. Klein. If you do have a labor-intensive job, it’s recommended you take two to three weeks off of work to fully recover.
Over several weeks and months, you’ll start to notice a difference in your breast size, shape and position. As the swelling goes down and the body heals, your breasts will settle into your desired position. Be patient – it can take up to six months to see the full results of your procedure.