Recovery Tips and Expectations

So you made the exciting decision to move ahead with breast augmentation surgery and you want to prepare for your recovery. Congratulations on making this decision, it is very exciting! You should use this article as a resource in preparing for your recovery. Remember, breast augmentation will transform how you see your breasts, but prepping for your recovery is the best way to enjoy them as quickly as possible. With a little preparation, some focused planning, and attention to self-care, you’ll sail through the first four weeks.  And before you know it, you will be enjoying the perks of your new breasts. 

The first two weeks are the most important 

Planning for the first two weeks after surgery is the biggest part of making your recovery as stress free as possible.  Here are a few things you will have to organize on your end:

  • Plan for downtime that includes limitations on normal activities like driving.
  • You will be asked to avoid physically demanding tasks including housework and cleaning. 
  • You should have helpers, friends or family lined up for your responsibilities like child or pet care, laundry, meal prep and vacuuming. These activities all use your arms!
  • Since your range of motion will be decreased, it is important to set up a recovery station with essentials like your phone, remote, and medications within reach of your recovery area. 

Lifestyle and work expectations in the first month  

Getting back to your normal routine after breast augmentation can vary from person to person but in general, this is what you should expect and plan for:

  • Non-strenuous work can resume within 1 week. Physical work duties can take several weeks and even a month to restart.
  • Driving is usually permitted after 1 week, if your pain is controlled and you have been off prescription pain meds for at least 48 hours. The quicker you switch to over-the-counter pain meds, the sooner you can return to your normal driving routine. 
  • In the first 2 weeks, taking multiple short walks will improve your circulation and decrease your swelling. It’s the easiest and simplest way to get back to your baseline. 
  • Restarting intimacy can vary, but it can typically resume after 2 weeks with precautions and only if it is comfortable for you. 

Caring For Your Implants

After the initial recovery, your implants will require maintenance and baseline care.  Here is what you should plan for right after surgery and beyond: 

  • Avoid aggressive upper body exercising, especially when it involves using your arm strength, for at least 4-6 weeks after surgery. Think CrossFit, Pilates and even Yoga. This is important as it can avoid a lot of issues like prolonged swelling, new onset pain, and even displacement of your implant.  
  • After 4 weeks, you should get in the habit of performing regular breast exams that include implant massage.  This will help you stay familiar with how your breasts normally feel after surgery.  It will also keep the implant pocket soft and supple, which is important to having a natural looking outcome. 

The 4 most important recovery tips

In summary, here are the most important things to work into your recovery plan. If you can follow only these four recommendations then you will have most of your recovery work covered.  Make sure these boxes are checked before and after surgery:

  • Prepare beforehand by putting frequently used items within close reach
  • Line up family or friends to assist with daily tasks for 1-2 weeks
  • Walk a lot and limit the use of prescription pain meds to the first 1-2 weeks
  • Avoid vigorous upper body movement with “T-Rex arms” restrictions 
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Recovery: the best part is when it is finished

With a little TLC for your mind and body, the recovery period will pass quickly. You’ve got this! Reach out to us with any other preparation questions. We are here to support you along this journey to transform your breasts!