What to expect post-op breast augmentation

A month after breast augmentation, patients often notice a significant reduction in swelling and discomfort, marking a crucial stage in the healing process.

It is a time when the body has adjusted to the implants, and they begin to settle into their final position, although they may not have fully settled yet. We will walk you through the recovery stages to help you manage your expectations and facilitate a smoother healing process.

Recovery timeline:
week by week

To ensure a safe and comfortable readjustment to the new implants, the recovery timeline after a breast augmentation procedure helps patients and their caregivers understand what to expect at each stage.

0-24 hours post-op

In the first 24 hours following breast augmentation surgery, patients typically experience grogginess from anaesthesia, alongside discomfort and swelling in the chest area. Immediate care focuses on managing pain and ensuring safety as the effects of anaesthesia wear off. During this period, patients need to rest, stay hydrated and follow their surgeon's advice regarding medication and movement. This period involves close monitoring for any signs of complications, and relies on support from healthcare providers or caregivers.

1 week post-op: The initial recovery phase

One week after surgery marks a significant milestone in the recovery process. Patients may still encounter swelling and discomfort, but these symptoms begin to decrease. It is important to continue adhering to post-operative instructions, including wearing a surgical bra for support and avoiding strenuous activities. Regular, gentle movements, such as walking, are encouraged to promote blood circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots. During this phase the patient’s healing is frequently monitored to ensure the incisions are healing properly. You should be prepared to have a week off from work during the initial recovery period.

2 to 4 weeks post-op: Active recovery and healing

After the first week post-operation, patients usually notice a remarkable improvement in discomfort and a decrease in swelling, allowing the patient to gradually return to daily activities. Although, heavy lifting, power walking and intense exercise should still be avoided to prevent strain on the healing tissues. Follow-up appointments with the surgeon will track the progress and make after-care adjustments as needed. Patients are encouraged to continue wearing supportive garments and can start to see more of the surgery's results as the body adjusts to the implants.

4 weeks onwards: Returning to normalcy

After one month, it is normal for your implants to be still settling, leading to possible asymmetry and some discomfort. This is a natural part of the healing process. As your body adapts, the implants should start to feel more natural and comfortable. By this point, there is a significant return to daily activities and routines, with continued adherence to any specific post-operative guidance from the surgeon to ensure the best outcomes and support the settling process.

Long-term care and maintenance

Long-term after-care following breast augmentation focuses on maintaining the health and appearance of your implants. Regular self-examinations and scheduled mammograms are always important to check in on your breast health. As for your overall health, you should maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle to preserve the aesthetics achieved. Any changes in the breasts or concerns should prompt a consultation with your surgeon to address potential issues early. Using Adoreal, you can easily get in touch and communicate with them.