Your bikini top is going to love your new body after breast augmentation (and you will too). As you prepare for your procedure, you may be wondering about recovery. It is common to have questions about this transitional time in the breast augmentation process.
At Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery, our team is here for you. If you have questions or concerns during recovery or as you prepare, let us know. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have or provide personalized advice. All breast surgeries at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery are performed by one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, ensuring your best results.
This guide will help you prepare for recovery after your breast augmentation procedure.
After Breast Augmentation: The Day of Surgery
You’ll be ready to head home just a few hours after your breast augmentation. Our skilled nurses will monitor you after surgery until you’ve woken up from anesthesia and can safely travel home. Recovery at home is easier and more comfortable for most patients.
Most patients are groggy and tired from anesthesia, so you’ll need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first couple of days. You may also want a pillow in the car to protect your new incisions from seatbelt pressure.
Rest as much as you can this first day. Dr. Malhotra or Dr. Ballard will provide detailed recovery instructions and prescriptions for any medications you may need.
What to Expect the First Few Weeks
After breast augmentation, your breasts may feel tender, swollen, and tight. Some women find that lifting or moving their arms is more difficult. These post-surgical effects are temporary and often resolve within a few days.
Most patients can control post-surgical discomfort using over-the-counter medications after a few days. Your doctor will explain which pain medications to use and how to use them effectively for a comfortable recovery. It is best to stay on top of your pain and use your medications on a schedule. It is easier to prevent pain than to get rid of it after it occurs. By following our instructions for pain management, most patients experience little to no pain during their breast augmentation recovery.
Your recovery experience will vary depending on the details of your surgery. Expect longer recovery times if you received a breast lift with your augmentation or if you have submuscular implant placement. Your surgeon can help you plan for your recovery experience.
When Will I Be Bikini-Ready After Breast Augmentation?
We know you’ll be excited to show off your new curves after surgery. Most patients are ready to wear a bikini within several weeks of surgery. Your full results may take a bit longer, though. Your breast implants will initially sit high and tight on the chest wall. As the breast pocket expands, your breast implants will settle into a more natural positioning. Drop and fluff (as the process is sometimes called) may take a few months.
When Can I Exercise Again?
Wait to exercise until your surgeon clears you to avoid complications like a seroma (fluid collection in the breast) or an incision opening up. Most patients can resume gentle walking the day after surgery and more strenuous activities like heavy lifting or arm exercises within 6-8 weeks.
When you’re ready to resume exercise, take it slowly and build up to your previous activity levels over time.
Learn More About Breast Augmentation at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery
Whether you’re in Michigan or traveling from out of state, we invite you to come in for a consultation and meet Dr. Pramit Malhotra and Dr. Tiffany Ballard. They are happy to meet with you to discuss their approach and philosophy.
Contact Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery to learn more about the best breast augmentation in Ann Arbor, MI.