What to Expect After Breast Augmentation Surgery
After returning home, you will be wearing a surgical bra and an ACE bandage wrapped around your chest. For a few days, you will be advised to sleep at a 45 degree angle using pillows or a recliner for maximum comfort and to minimize swelling. For pain control, a medication is prescribed to make you comfortable. Also, an antibiotic is prescribed to prevent infection. You are encouraged to be up and to walk around. For the first 2 days, a light diet is recommended.
The day after surgery, you are allowed to remove the ACE bandage and bra to shower and to check the breast for symmetry. The surgical bra should worn for the next week except when showering.
The first post-operative visit will be in one week. During this appointment, you be examined and instructed on how to perform breast implant massage exercises.
Most patients allow 3-10 days to recover from breast augmentation surgery; the average is about 1 week. Light exercise may be started in approximately 10 days with vigorous exercise and heavy lifting in 3 weeks, as tolerated. Sexual relations may resume in 2 weeks or whenever comfortable.
Breast Augmentation or Breast Enlargement - How will my breasts look after surgery?
Initially the breasts will appear swollen and may be bruised. Also, the breasts may appear slightly higher on the chest. The swelling and bruising usually resolves rapidly over 5 to 10 days. Over the next few weeks, the breasts will soften and drop lower into a more normal position. Most women with the breast implants will look quite good at about 1 month.
Breast implant massage exercises are important in keeping the implants soft and natural looking. It may take several months or more for the final breast shape to be attained.
After breast implant surgery, there is no long-term restriction on physical activity or sports.