With any surgery, it’s important to have a good understanding of the recovery process and what you can do to prepare yourself. We’ve discussed how to improve your recovery rate in a past blog here (worth the read if you are looking to book surgery.)
What does the breast augmentation recovery timeline look like? When is the best time to book your surgery? How long will you be off work for after breast augmentation? These are all important questions that may vary slightly depending on the individual’s recovery rate and specific surgery, however have a look at our basic breast augmentation recovery timeline below.
Post Breast Augmentation Surgery –
Week 1: When you first wake up from surgery, it is normal to feel sore for the first 3 days. Patients have often described it as a ‘pressure’ or ‘weighted’ feeling on their chest. The implants won’t feel as though they are a part of you to begin with.
Your implants will also sit high, feel swollen and hard to begin with. Try to take things slow for the first few days it is important to remember breast augmentation is an intense surgical procedure.
You can shower after the first 24 hours but try to keep the dressings dry if possible. If they do get wet, then dry them with a hair dryer. Be careful not to burn yourself though as the feeling in the skin may not be completely normal initially.
Week 2: If you work at a desk job you should find that you are ready to go back to work. However, driving can be an issue, particularly if you have a manual car. Try to avoid lifting heavy objects over your head at work.
Week 3: Clients often ask, “When can I drive after breast augmentation.” Mark recommends avoiding driving for 2 week and if you are a passenger, place a pillow between your breasts and the seat belt. Driving should be manageable after the first two weeks of recovery.
Week 4: By week 4 after breast augmentation you should be able to increase the intensity of your workouts. Again, listen to your body. If it feels uncomfortable, avoid the exercise for a bit longer. Swimming is fine at 4 weeks. You may also find you can start to sleep on your side after a few weeks.
When will my breasts reach their final look after augmentation?
Everyone is different as it depends on how elastic their tissue is. It alos depends on the implant features (size, shape and cohesivity). In general, older patients with smaller sized implants and more elastic tissues achieve their final shape earlier (around 3 months). Younger patients with very inelastic thicker skin may not achieve their final shape until 6 months or even longer.