What to Expect During Breast Augmentation Recovery By Hadi Rassael on October 16, 2013

As a procedure that helps women to enhance their figure by creating more visually appealing body proportions, breast augmentation is one of our most frequently performed cosmetic procedures at Millennium Medical. When preparing to undergo breast augmentation, patients should be fully aware of what to expect not just during the surgical procedure, but also in the days, weeks, and months following. When patients come to Dr. Hadi Michael Rassael’s cosmetic surgery practice for breast augmentation, he provides thorough information and post-surgical care instructions in order to ensure that patients are properly prepared for recovery. Below is a basic outline of what can be expected for our Maryland patients throughout the breast augmentation recovery timeline:

One to Three Days Following Surgery

The first few days following breast augmentation surgery are likely to be the most difficult for patients. Most patients experience extreme fatigue and we recommend that patients greatly limit physical activities and take as much time as necessary to rest and recuperate. The most common side effects that are experienced during this initial phase of recovery include:

  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity
  • Bruising
  • Discomfort
  • Tightness of the skin

Patients will be sent home with compression garments that should be worn as directed. Compression garments help alleviate swelling and aid patient comfort during recovery. Pain medication will also be prescribed to help patients manage any pain or discomfort. All post-surgical instructions that have been provided by Dr. Rassael should be followed closely. These initial days of recovery are vital in promoting proper healing and avoiding surgical complications.

One to Three Weeks Following Surgery

While patients may still be experiencing some side effects of breast augmentation, such as swelling, sensitivity, or bruising, most patients are able to resume normal activities, including work, within one to three weeks following surgery. However, the body will still be recovering so it is important to avoid exercise or any strenuous activities that may raise the blood pressure or pull at the incision site.

One to Three Months Following Surgery

Between one and three months after surgery patients should be able to resume all activities, including exercising. The side effects experienced during the earlier phases of recovery should no longer be present. At this stage the swelling should have subsided and patients should have an accurate idea of the way their new breasts will enhance their body.

Six Months to a Year Following Surgery

By six months to a year after surgery a patient is considered completely healed from breast augmentation surgery. The scar, which takes the longest time to heal, should be faded and more discreet than its initial red, raised appearance. The final aesthetic results of breast augmentation will have been achieved by this point and patients can feel confident showing off their new figure.

Schedule a Consultation

If you want to enhance your appearance and are considering breast augmentation, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hadi Michael Rassael. Dr. Rassael can answer any questions you may have regarding breast augmentation or recovery from this procedure. We are happy to provide you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision regarding breast augmentation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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