The Dos and Don’ts of Breast Augmentation Recovery

November 21, 2023
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Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgeries in North America. Women who have undergone breast augmentation typically report extremely high rates of satisfaction with the results. To achieve these higher levels of self-esteem and happiness, you’ll need to understand what to expect after surgery and how long it will take to recuperate. Here are some important dos and don’ts after breast augmentation surgery with Dr. Tregaskiss here at Pacific Plastic Surgery.

The Dos of Breast Augmentation Recovery

Our team will give you a list of things to do after your breast augmentation procedure. Some of the most important ones include:

  • Spend an appropriate amount of time resting. Your body will need time to recuperate after surgery. Make sure to take it easy and plan on avoiding strenuous exercise or heavy activity for a few weeks.
  • Sleep on your back. Laying on your side or stomach can put pressure on the implants and impair your recovery. Ideally, sleep in an elevated position such as a recliner chair or propped on a couple of pillows.
  • Eat balanced meals. Nutrients like those found in fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins will help you recover more quickly. Consider preparing balanced meals ahead of time so you don’t have to cook.
  • Ask about painkillers. Breast augmentation is a relatively pain-free experience with Dr Tregaskiss’s long-lasting procedural nerve blocks in combination with your prescribed medications. Take your medications according to directions and speak with our team if you have any concerns.
  • Contact your plastic surgeon immediately in the rare event that you experience complications. Our team will give you a full list of symptoms to monitor for, as well as a contact number to reach us.

The Don’ts of Breast Augmentation Recovery

Your aftercare list will also include things to avoid after breast augmentation. These things include:

  • Avoid underwire bras. After surgery, you’ll be required to wear a special surgical bra during the recovery period. Underwire bras can irritate your incisions and should be avoided until otherwise indicated by our team.
  • Avoid heavy lifting. Lifting things can cause pain and discomfort, as well as put strain on your implants and incisions. Avoid any heavy lifting (> 20 kg/45 lb) for a few weeks after surgery.
  • Avoid swimming. This can help minimize the risk of infection. Keep your dressings as dry as possible and only get them wet when you shower and wash them.
  • Avoid smoking. Tobacco slows down the recovery process by making it difficult for your body to heal. It restricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow. Stop smoking at least a few months before and after your procedure.
  • Avoid pushing yourself. Returning to your normal level of activity will take time after surgery. Focus on resting and only return to your normal activities when it feels appropriate.

What to Expect After Breast Augmentation

The bottom line is you should follow your plastic surgeon’s protocol as closely as possible. After surgery, you’ll have some pain and swelling. You will have to wait for a few weeks before you can begin to go back to normal life. After about three to four weeks, you’ll be able to see the results of your surgery. You will be bikini-ready in a few more months. Although you’ll notice that your breast implants are sitting high on your chest wall, they’ll begin to settle into place over the next six months. At this point, you’ll see the best results.

Schedule a Consultation

If you’d like to learn more about breast augmentation surgery with Dr. Tregaskiss, contact Pacific Plastic Surgery in Vancouver by calling or filling out our online form.