Breast augmentation will involve a significant recovery component, which should be taken carefully into account while deciding on this cosmetic surgery procedure. The patient should budget her time for recovery and should have the commitment to follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions fully in order to help ensure a safer and quicker recovery.
Dr. Paul Fortes is a board certified plastic surgeon providing breast implants and various other procedures for the breast, body, and face. Dr. Fortes will explain about the recovery process at the time of initial consultation, and help the patient to make an informed decision. He provides breast implant surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding communities.
Most women should be prepared to undergo a downtime of about one week to 10 days after breast augmentation cosmetic surgery. In the first week, she should take plenty of rest at home, and make light movements and short walks at frequent intervals at home. If she has a sedentary job, she may return to her workplace from the second week.
In case of women with more strenuous jobs, an additional week at home may be recommended before she returns to work. During the first week, bending, straining the incisions, and lifting heavy weights should be avoided. The patient should keep sufficiently hydrated and have a diet rich in lean proteins to support healing.
The speed of recovery will depend to an extent on the technique of implant placement used. In case of submuscular implant placement, the recovery will be considerably longer than when the implants are placed subglandularly. Bruising in the breast area will markedly reduce by the second week, but swelling will disappear gradually over several weeks or months.
The patient should refrain from smoking for a few weeks after the surgery in order to minimize the risk of post-op complications or delayed healing. The cosmetic surgeon will give clear instructions on what precautions to observe and provide a schedule of post-surgical appointments to monitor the progress of healing and to remove stitches and drain tubes. Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for breast augmentation.
Mild pain, soreness, irritation in the incision areas and general fatigue will be experienced during the first week. The surgeon may prescribe medications to keep the patient comfortable. The patient should ideally have someone to assist with household chores in the first two or three days. Once the gauze dressing is replaced with a surgical bra, the patient should take care to wear it all the time to support healing.
First Few Months
Mild swelling and sensitivity in the breasts may persist for several weeks after the surgery. To minimize the risk of injury and slow recovery, the patient should avoid contact the breasts until the sensitivity subsides
Strenuous activities, sports, and exercises should be resumed only a month after the surgery. Regular follow-ups and diligent adherence to the recovery instructions will help to ensure the achievement of healthy and sustainable results.