Of all the cosmetic surgery procedures available, breast augmentation consistently ranks as one of the top favorites around the world. It also comes with one of the highest rates of patient satisfaction because of its confidence-boosting results. If you’re exploring your options with breast augmentation surgery, it’s important to know what to expect both before and after your procedure. With this in mind, you can take the right steps to make sure you’re prepared for a successful recovery. Here’s what to know about it.

How Long Does Full Recovery Take?

Every woman and her body is unique. As a result, your recovery timeline will be unique to you and your surgical procedure. On average, most cosmetic and plastic surgeons estimate that full recovery can take around six weeks. However, you can likely return to work and light activities within one or two weeks. Dr. Power will give you the best idea of what to expect from your recovery and the right time to resume certain activities.

Post-Operative Recovery Stages

After your surgery, you’ll wake up from anesthesia and will probably feel sore and sleepy. This is perfectly normal but should begin to subside after a few hours. At the same time, it’s important to have someone you trust drive you home after your procedure and stay the night with you as a precaution.

Within the first five to seven days of your surgery, you’ll experience the highest levels of discomfort. This is also normal, and Dr. Power will prescribe pain medication to help manage discomfort and swelling. After the first week or so, you should be able to manage it by taking over-the-counter pain medication. You should also be able to return to work after the first week if you have a desk job.

After the first week, you can begin going back to light activity and your regular routine. However, you should avoid anything too strenuous and avoid heavy lifting. If your job involves anything too intensive, Dr. Power will recommend the right amount of time to take off while you recover.

Full Recovery

After the six-week mark, you’ll most likely be cleared to return to your normal daily routine and activities. However, your new breasts can continue to settle in for even longer than six weeks. This is perfectly normal while any residual swelling subsides and your body adjusts.

Tips for a Smooth Recovery

It’s normal to have discomfort, soreness, and swelling after your surgery, but this subsides over time. You should be prepared to wear a sports bra for the duration of your initial recovery to support your new implants and relieve pressure on your incision. They can also give more comfort and provide stability to your new breasts to aid lymph drainage and improve blood circulation. You should also be prepared with some comfortable clothes that you don’t have to pull off over your head, since this can put pressure on your incisions.

It’s extremely important to ask your partner, a family member, or a close friend to help you immediately after your surgery, especially if you have small children or pets. You’ll need to avoid heavy lifting or too much activity around the house, so having someone on-hand can be helpful in making sure you can get the rest you need. Try preparing some meals and snacks ahead of time so you don’t need to worry about cooking or groceries.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to learn more about whether breast augmentation is the right option for you and your goals is by meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon. To discuss your options with Dr. Stephanie Power, we invite you to contact our Toronto office by calling or filling out our online form.

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