If you’re interested in breast augmentation surgery, you’ve likely read a lot about what to expect from the surgery and about what it can do for your appearance and confidence. It’s not just a choice of the eventual outcome though – you need to consider and be prepared for what will come from your initial days in recovery.
How long will my recovery hurt after surgery?
You will be sore for the first 24 to 72 hours following your breast augmentation surgery. During these days, ice and elevation are very helpful for keeping you comfortable and helping your recovery.
You will also be given two pain medications and a muscle relaxer to help ease your initial discomfort. Due to your implants being seated beneath your pectoralis muscle, the muscle relaxer will ease things along.
You will also have kinesio tape placed around the surgical site to assist the healing process and decrease swelling. Arnica Gel is recommended to be applied to swelling as well to any areas of bruising.
When can I wear a push up bra?
You should not wear underwire bras for a minimum of six weeks after your surgery. This time allows your scar to heal properly without additional stress from the underwire bra. That irritation can keep your implantation site from healing properly, which can create unsightly scarring.
What else should I know about my recovery timeline?
You should not go to a dentist for at least 6 weeks after the surgery. Your implants are not yet protected from the bloodstream by the natural capsule that forms around them – any bacterial infection that forms in your mouth could potentially pass from the bloodstream to your implants, putting you at risk of a severe infection.
After two weeks of recovery, you can be back to your normal activity and exercise routine. So long as you do not do anything with excessive arm motions, such as jumping jacks, you are able to get back to your usual habits.
You will need to sleep on your back after your surgery to prevent problems with your implants’ positioning.
On the whole, Siwy patients recover very quickly and are back to normal activity within 5 to 7 days after their surgery.