Breast augmentation recovery time is an important topic for many women receiving this procedure. Here we will give an overview of what to expect after breast augmentation, including how long until you can return to normal activities, wound site care and when to go bra shopping!
The popularity of breast augmentation continues to grow, and among the reasons for its popularity is the quick recovery time. The procedure typically lasts about an hour and does not involve an overnight stay.
Most women will be able to resume a normal routine within about a week. Although there are several women who will need virtually no downtime and can go back to work within a few days, depending on the nature of their job. The type of implants will determine recovery time as well, with recovery time differences between implants inserted above or below the muscle as well as the choice of saline or silicone.
Planning to take a week off from work is a good idea, using this time as if it were a vacation and making a point to pamper yourself and take it easy.
During the first week of recovery, women should abstain from lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk. There is a risk of rupturing the incision site while it is still healing, during any strenuous activity or heavy lifting.
Women with small children at home should be especially mindful of this, making plans to have extra help around the house during this time.
Breast augmentation recovery time also involves caring for the incision site. The doctor will instruct you on the specific guidelines to follow for proper care after breast augmentation surgery. This will most likely include keeping the incision clean on a daily basis.
To prevent scarring, it may be beneficial to apply a scar cream to the area while it heals.
Women who are fond of tanning beds or sunbathing will want to steer clear of these activities during the recovery period. UV rays can make the incisions more visible. Instead, opt for sunless tanning lotions and or keep the area covered while in the sun.
With proper care and attention, the incision should heal with little to no visible scarring.
Bra shopping is a fun and exciting part of celebrating your new shape, but it is best to wait about a month before doing this.
The breast implants will need time to “settle” as well as for the tissue to reduce swelling. Saline implants in particular are heavier than silicone and thus will go through a settling period of 1-2 months as your body adjusts. Also, implants that are inserted under the muscle will need some extra time to adjust and relax.
As with any surgical procedure, there will also be some swelling in the area. This is the body's natural protective response.
As the swelling goes down and the implants settle into the chest, the true shape and volume of the breasts will be revealed, at which point it will be time to go shopping!
During the recovery period, the doctor may be able to provide an appropriate bra. Soft “granny” bras or running bras will also work well, but stay away from underwire bras for about the first month.
Women can experience a variety of resulting psychological effects from breast augmentation.The Process of choosing and going through with breast augmentation surgery can be an emotionally and mentally draining experience.
The emotional aftermath of the decision to get breast augmentation can depend on several variables.
Mostly, women who choose breast augmentation have positive reactions, including improved self esteem and body image. Still, other women will find that the perceptions that other people have about their decision, make them feel less empowered than before.
Every woman will react differently depending on her unique situation and reasons for getting breast augmentation as well as her expectations of the process.
It can be helpful for women to surround themselves with a support group of loved ones, or to join a web forum to connect with other women who have had breast augmentation surgery. Maintaining a positive mental attitude and doing some pampering during recovery time will also help to produce a positive recovery outcome.
After a short period of breast augmentation recovery time you will be back to your normal routine, working, being active and enjoying life. With a renewed sense of self esteem and confidence in your body, you will be ready to conquer your life and look great doing it.
Breast augmentation recovery is only a drop in the bucket of life, after which you will have a lifetime to enjoy all the perks of your new shape.