Recovery time varies from woman to woman when it comes to breast augmentation surgery. About 80% of women can return to work within a week after breast enhancement procedure. However, your surgeon will most likely recommend you not to engage in vigorous exercises for about five weeks following the surgery. Usually doctors ask women to spend one week resting at home after the surgery. This will ensure complete recovery.
Your recovery time for breast augmentation also depends on your occupation. Women with office-type jobs usually go back to work in up to five days after the operation. If you have to use your arms a lot at work, recovery may take about ten days or even longer. A lot of surgeons encourage their patients to return to their daily activities soon after the operation. They motivate women to carefully wash their hair and use their arms (slowly but steadily) for the sake of rapid recovery.
If you want to know what to expect after breast augmentation surgery, read on:
- pain and soreness
- swelling and bruising
- numbness and rippling
- other side effects of breast implants that will heal when you are fully recovered
After the surgery your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for your breasts and which medications to take during breast augmentation recovery time. If you experience any complications (shortness of breath, severe pain, unusual heart beats), call your doctor immediately. You may need hospitalization and further surgical treatment. These cases are rare, however, they do happen, and you should be aware of it.
Here are some useful tips for rapid recovery from breast augmentation surgery:
- avoid returning to vigorous physical activities until you hear your surgeon’s go-ahead
- do not lie in bed all day during your recovery time: walk and carefully use your hands if possible
- avoid quick jerky arm movements during the first three days after the operation
Remember that your recovery time depends a lot on surgical techniques and medications your doctor will recommend. That’s why one of the best tips for rapid and safe recovery after breast enhancement surgery is finding a good surgeon who will adhere to the principles of most careful and professional preplanning. If you want to know how to choose a plastic surgeon for breast augmentation, read one of our other posts.