Recovery from a Breast Augmentation Surgery

Posted on Jan 19,2023 By Dr. Y Anthony Nakamura

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If you are like many women, you may be unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts. Fortunately, there is a solution for you – breast augmentation. This procedure allows you to achieve a more feminine figure with larger, firmer breasts better suited to your body. If you undergo breast augmentation surgery, it’s important to know what to expect with your recovery.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that allows women to increase the size of their breasts using implants or fat transfer. In most cases, implants are made of silicone; saline is another option that isn’t as commonly used these days. Fat transfer involves liposuction on another area of the body such as the hips, buttocks or thighs to place in the breasts to enlarge them. Breast augmentation often helps women achieve the figure they’ve always wanted and may help improve self-esteem.

Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips

After breast augmentation surgery, it’s normal to feel sore and uncomfortable. However, everyone is different, so the time it takes to recover varies. Factors like your implant type, incision, implant size, placement, and even your specific lifestyle may all determine a woman’s recovery time. However, on average, breast augmentation recovery can take around four to six weeks. During this time, you should follow all aftercare instructions from your surgeon, rest and avoid any heavy lifting or physical activity so you can heal normally. These tips can help during your breast augmentation recovery period.

Attend Follow-Up Appointments

Your plastic surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments to check your progress after your breast augmentation. It’s crucial to keep these appointments to ensure that your healing is progressing normally. Your surgeon may give you additional tips for faster healing.

Take Medications as Directed

One of the most important parts of your recovery involves taking all medications as directed by your surgeon. The doctor might recommend certain over-the-counter drugs and prescribe painkillers or antibiotics to curb pain and prevent infections. If you have any questions or concerns, voice them to the surgeon. If you’re unable to take any medication, they may be able to find you a safer alternative.

Wear the Supportive Garment

After your breast augmentation surgery, your plastic surgeon will advise you to wear a support garment made of elastic. This band is meant to be worn at all times to support your breasts while they heal. In some cases, you will be instructed to clean your incision sites and apply ointment. However, the doctor may tell you to just keep the bandages on in the area. Whichever is the case for you, following your doctor’s instructions is essential.

When to See a Doctor

Although rare, complications sometimes occur after breast augmentation surgery. You should see a doctor immediately if you experience bleeding from your incisions, a fever that exceeds 101 degrees Fahrenheit or if one or both breasts feel hot to the touch, become red or swollen over time.

Call 911 immediately if you have difficulty breathing or chest pain after a breast augmentation.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are in or near Arlington, Texas and want to get breast augmentation surgery, visit the Accent on You Cosmetic Surgery Center and Med Spa website to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nakamura. To get in touch with a member of our team, please fill out the online contact form.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Accent on You

Dr. Y. Anthony Nakamura is a recognized expert in plastic surgery and body contouring, providing excellent care while taking a personal approach with each and every patient.

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