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At Boston Plastic Surgery, we use techniques that can greatly reduce the postoperative discomfort of this surgery. Many of our patients need to use very little (if any) narcotic pain medication, thus avoiding potential side effects and experiencing an easier recovery.
What to Expect During Recovery
After breast augmentation, it is normal to feel tired and sore. After several days, gauze dressings can be removed and you may be given a special surgical bra, which should be worn as directed by Dr. Samaha. Swelling, bruising, and changes in skin sensation are also normal and should subside in the weeks that follow.
Returning to Normal After Breast Augmentation
Every patient heals at a slightly different rate, but in general, you can expect to return to your usual activities after your surgery along the following timeline:
- Rest at home the first 1 to 2 days after surgery.
- Shower 2 days after surgery; follow your post-op instructions!
- Depending on the activity level required for your job, returning to work may be possible within a few days.
- Wear a soft, supportive bra (sports bra) for the first several weeks
- Gradually return to exercise after 3 to 4 weeks
Your breasts may be sensitive to direct stimulation for about three weeks, so avoiding physical contact is recommended. Ask Dr. Samaha when you should resume any exercise and normal physical activity.
Scars from breast augmentation will be firm and pink for six weeks or longer. They will gradually flatten out and fade, but they will never disappear completely. But do not worry – breast augmentation scars are well-concealed in the natural contours of your breast and/or easily hidden by clothing.
Long Term Considerations
Routine mammograms should be continued after breast augmentation for women who are in the appropriate age group, although the mammography technician should use a special technique to assure that you get a reliable reading. Most imaging centers are well-equipped and experienced performing mammograms on women with breast implants, but be sure to tell your OBGYN and your mammography technician that you have had breast augmentation.
If you need more details about recovery from breast augmentation, contact Boston Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Samaha.