Breast Augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery performed in the U.S. In Louisville Breast Augmentation is equally as popular. So, I thought it worthwhile to blog on the recovery following the procedure.
Silicone Implants: Because these are most commonly placed above the muscle, recovery is easier. I advise patients to expect moderate discomfort for the first 48 hours. From day 3 to 7 you should be able to increase your activity level to near normal, exercise excluded. If you have an office position getting back to work after 4 or 5 days is reasonable. Exercise is allowed starting 2 weeks after surgery. Full activity should be reasonable by 1 month.
Saline Implants: Recovery with saline is a little longer and more difficult because the muscle is involved. Moderate or more pain can be an issue for the first 3 to 5 days and can be accompanied by significant breast swelling. Return to activities of daily living is possible within 24 hours and to a desk job, 7 days is reasonable. Again, I recommend against exercise for 14 days. Full unrestricted activity can resume in the 3 to 6 week zone.
Remember though that everyone’s pain levels are different. Some women come back and say the operation was a breeze and other that it was as much as childbirth. In all cases, you will be given enough pain medicine and muscle relaxers to maximize your comfort.
All posts on this blog are presented by Louisville Breast Implant specialist Dr. Lee Corbett.