Understanding Breast Augmentation Recovery
Most patients are able to return home the same day as their surgery, but a full recovery after breast augmentation typically takes about four to six weeks. During this time, most patients experience minor bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Dr. Bruce Hermann is a highly skilled plastic surgeon in Denton, TX, who routinely performs breast augmentation surgery. He uses advanced techniques to minimize post-operative discomfort for a smoother, easier recovery. Before your procedure, we can give you detailed information about recovering from breast augmentation. However, there are some general guidelines about what you can expect throughout the recovery process
Immediately After Surgery
Breast augmentation surgery is a fairly straightforward outpatient procedure, so you will likely return home the same day as your surgery. Expect some soreness in your breast area, especially for the first 24 to 48 hours. Bruising, swelling, and tightness in your breast is also normal, but should start to subside within three to 10 days. The gauze dressing and pressure garment Dr. Hermann places after surgery will help control swelling.
Following a few simple tips can further minimize potential risks and make your recovery even smoother:
- Get lots of rest. You can walk and move around but avoid any type of vigorous exercise.
- Wait until the day after surgery to take a shower.
- Take the pain medication Dr. Hermann prescribed for as long as you need it—typically two to three days—but discontinue it as soon as you comfortably can.
- Continue to wear your support garment as instructed.
- If Dr. Hermann prescribed an antibiotic, take it as directed for the full regimen.
Following all post-operative instruction from Dr. Hermann and our staff at North Texas Breast & Plastic Surgery can help ensure an easy and relaxed recovery process.
The Next Few Weeks
Final healing takes an average of four to six weeks, but most patients resume normal activities in about three to five days and return to work in about five to seven days. During the entire healing period, take special care of yourself and closely monitor the surgical area. In addition, you should:
- Continue to avoid vigorous exercise or heavy work activities for about four weeks after surgery to minimize the risk of bleeding at the surgical site.
- Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments. The first one will be a few days after surgery so Dr. Hermann can check your progress. He will remove your sutures at a subsequent appointment.
- Wear your compression garment and a well-fitting support bra for as long as the doctor recommends. This is an important step to encourage proper contouring.
Once your scars have healed, you can apply cortisone cream to your scars to help reduce their size and make them less visible. Some surgeons believe that vitamin E supplements can also help reduce scar tissue, but you should first discuss dosages with Dr. Hermann. He can give you further directions on the best way to maximize your results.
When to Call the Doctor
As you heal, pay close attention to your surgical site and to the way you feel. Call Dr. Hermann if you experience:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Increased swelling or pain
In general, if you notice anything about your healing that seems abnormal, contact our office right away.
Our Team Is Here for You
Breast augmentation has a low rate of complications and a relatively short recovery period. Following all post-operative instruction from Dr. Hermann and our staff at North Texas Breast & Plastic Surgery can help ensure an easy and relaxed recovery process. For more information about recovering after breast augmentation surgery, call (940) 387-4900 or send us a message online.