What it Takes to Recover from Breast Augmentation
Day of surgery:
Following your surgery, you will be able to go home and rest in your own bed (be sure to stock up on movies, books, and a few frivolous magazines before surgery). You’re going to be pretty groggy from the anesthesia, so you must have someone you trust drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours. And don’t be a hero—take your pain meds as prescribed.
Take our advice: Make sure that the person you’ve chosen to take care of you post-op knows what to do. Share your patient packet with him, or bring her to the pre-op appointment with you.
First few days:
You are going to be pretty sore for a few days. Usually it’s tolerable, but take your pain meds as needed. You can also switch to over-the-counters, but make 100% sure they are on your list of “meds okay to take” that your plastic surgeon gives you. (Most gals get by with Tylenol). After about 2 days, you should be allowed to shower, but make sure your surgeon says it’s okay first. You’ll live (we all did!).
After a week or so:
Most likely, you’ll be up to going back to work within the first week, unless your job involves lifting, bending, or any physically strenuous task. You might also feel up to light social activities. But be smart: as long as you’re taking prescription pain meds, do not drive.
About two weeks after surgery:
By now, you’ll feel pretty normal and have the energy to be stoked about your new look (although you may still be riding the emotional roller coaster). You’ll probably still be wearing a sports bra a few weeks out, but you can’t go to the gym quite yet (sorry). But you will be pretty much back to daily activities, save for heavy lifting.
See it for yourself: a breast aug patient about one week post-op
She’s so bubbly and enthusiastic, you can hardly tell she had surgery a week and a half ago! But don’t take it from us …
Three to four weeks after surgery:
Approaching the month anniversary of your surgery, you should be able to begin exercising — although you should still exercise some restraint. Hold off on chest exercises for a little while. Upper body exercises like bicep curls and tricep press downs are recommended for producing blood flow to the shoulders. That seated back-rowing machine also provides excellent movement and helps improve your posture.
One month after you get your implants:
You can now begin to add upper body exercises into your workout. Let comfort be your guide: if it hurts, stop and try again in another week or two. Pay attention to what your body tells you and don’t overdo it! Patience is key to a full recovery.
What’s it like getting back into the swing of things?
Six weeks post-op, Shan talks about returning to the gym, bra shopping, and feeling amazingly natural!
When in doubt, give your PS a shout
What’s the best thing you can do to make sure your recovery goes smoothly?
Well, it’s simple. Listen to your plastic surgeon, who cares as much about your safety and results as you do. Post-op instructions are what they are because they work. If you’re in that “I’m afraid I’m holding back too much but I’m afraid to push it” phase, call your surgeon. He and his staff will offer the guidance you need.
If you’re in the Baltimore area, we invite you to contact us at Belcara Health for a free consultation. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Cohen will be happy to answer your questions about breast augmentation surgery & recovery.