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What to Expect During Breast Augmentation Recovery
Published on February 28, 2019 by Carolina Center for Plastic Surgery
There are many reasons women have breast augmentation surgery. Perhaps you lost size, lift, or the shape of your breasts changed after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Many women have uneven breasts or don’t like the shape and want symmetry or a different appearance. You may have dealt with cancer or another injury that altered one or both breasts. Whatever your reason for breast augmentation, planning for healthy recovery is key. Here’s what you should know in advance.
Breast Augmentation Recovery: A Timeline
Immediately After Breast Augmentation
Because you’ll be under general anesthesia, a friend or family member will take you home. Dr. Peter Klainer and the Carolinas Center for Plastic Surgery will have helped you plan for pain management and care of the incision area. You’ll also have follow-up appointments scheduled with Dr. Klainer for a week and two weeks after the surgery. During these appointments, we’ll remove your sutures and talk again about proper care. Keep the paperwork about the procedure and follow-up care handy in case the anesthesia makes you forgetful. It will also have an emergency number for any concerns.
Returning to Work and Exercise After Surgery
We recommend that you take the week after surgery off work and restrict activity. After a week, most people can do the activities of daily life, including work. If you have a job that requires strenuous activity, though, talk to Dr. Klainer about a safe time to return. You’ll want to avoid or limit exercise and other strenuous activities for three to four weeks following the procedure. You may see swelling or bruising, and your skin may feel tight. This is normal. It’s also normal for scars to take six months to fade.
Side effects are possible after breast augmentation surgery, so it helps to understand those possibilities as well. Many people are sensitive to anesthesia and may experience memory loss, nausea, dizziness, chills, itching, headache, or muscle aches. Anesthesia has also been linked to depression which can be brief or linger. If you have fatigue, anxiety, despair, trouble making decisions, or thoughts of self-harm, please call us immediately. Changing your body can trigger feelings of doubt, regret or confusion. These feelings should pass over a couple of weeks as you learn to love the new you. Anesthesia-related depression is not healthy and can disrupt all areas of your life.
A Month After Augmentation Surgery
A month after your breast augmentation, you should feel great and be able to do all activities. Your breasts may still be sensitive, but bruising and swelling will likely be gone. Now, you can enjoy your new body.