Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed today. Women seek this cosmetic procedure for its ability to dramatically improve their breast shape and size. While many individuals choose this option to restore their breasts to a pre-pregnancy or pre-weight loss condition, others want larger breasts to feel more confident about the way they look. One of the biggest concerns women in Austin, TX, have before surgery is how long it will take to recover. Every patient heals and responds at a different rate, and there are many variables involved, including incision location, implant size, and whether a patient adheres to their post-operative instructions.

Choosing a highly skilled plastic surgeon is an essential part of your breast augmentation recovery process. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute (APSI) in Austin, TX, have the experience and training their patients can rely on to get their desired results. Read below as the surgeons at APSI provide details regarding what to expect during breast augmentation surgery recovery.

Immediately after augmentation surgery

Taking good care of yourself after surgery is critical for your rapid 24 hour recovery. Today, patients have a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to implant types, placement, and incision location and all of these choices can affect a patient’s recovery time. In general, Austin-area women should allow for at least a few days of rest  and reduced activity following surgery,  Most are able to get back to driving and somewhat of a routine after a few days. Many of our patients can go out to dinner that night, but are not ready for a full night on the town. Swelling and general soreness may take a bit longer to subside.

Things you can do ahead of time

Here are a few easy tips you can implement to make your breast augmentation experience as easy and stress-free as possible:

Formulate a recovery plan. Preparing for your recovery ahead of time is essential. If you are a smoker, quit now, as smoking is known to hamper the body’s ability to heal. Also, discuss any preexisting health conditions or medications during your consultation, as they may affect your surgery and recovery. During your initial consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, they will detail the different sizes of implants used in breast augmentation, incision type, and anticipated recovery time. Austin Plastic Surgery Institute offers silicone implants for their patients. The natural look and feel of silicone breast implants makes them a preferred choice among many women, as the material used closely mimics natural breast tissue. 

Rest, rest, and more rest. Your body will need plenty of recovery time following breast augmentation surgery. Plan to take it easy for several days after your procedure. Someone will need to drive or escort you home from surgery, and most patients will require minimal assistance for up to 48 hours after breast augmentation. Patients typically can return to work in a few days, depending on their job and comfort level. Routine exercise can usually be resumed about three to four weeks post-surgery, with restrictions on lifting anything over 10 pounds until your doctor’s clearance is given.

Listen to your surgeon. You will be provided with post-operative and recovery instructions that are specific to the type of breast augmentation performed, as well as your health needs. These should be followed precisely. For example, patients will be allowed to shower the next day and even get the incisions wet. However, it is recommended that patients not fully submerge their incisions in water, such as a bathtub or pool, for 3 – 4 weeks. Be sure to take any prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications at the scheduled intervals recommended by your surgeon. Icing the area as frequently as possible during the first 2 – 3 days following surgery may help minimize swelling. However, avoid icing the sensitive nipple area directly. 

Certain movements, such as lifting your arms above your head, will be discussed in further detail. This type of action should be avoided for up to two weeks so your body can build the tissue surrounding your new implants to keep them in place. Attending all follow-up appointments allows our team to monitor your progress and advise you on the next steps in your recovery.

Wear your surgical bra. The team at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute will advise you as to the type of bra they recommend you wear following surgery. This garment is a critical part of your care, as it prevents the implants from moving and minimizes swelling. Once you are fully healed, you can choose whatever bra you like to show off your new figure.

Practice scar care. Tending to your scars can help them virtually disappear in time.  Silagen is the scar gel that is recommended and can be purchased from the SkinCare clinic on your follow up visit.  Massaging your scars, in a circular motion both horizontally and vertically, can provide many benefits. After about two weeks post-surgery, massaging can help to decrease inflammation and pain, while increasing collagen fibers that flatten the skin in the incision area. It is best to avoid tanning and direct sun exposure to the area until notified otherwise, as the darkened tissue can make your scars more noticeable.

Remain patient. Patience is an essential part of the recovery process. Your breasts will take time to settle into their final position. It may take up to six weeks before you become adjusted to the look and feel of your implants. Some swelling and soreness for several weeks following the procedure is to be expected. Many women find a comfortable sleep position on their backs or supported by additional pillows. Initially, your implants will ride hight and your chest may feel firm or tight. 

Are you ready to learn more about breast augmentation surgery?

The experience of healing from breast augmentation with implants is different for every woman. The key is to prepare mentally and physically ahead of time, so you know what to expect. To learn more about breast augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation with the board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute in Austin, TX, today.