One of the most popular procedures is a breast augmentation. However, a big part of breast augmentation is the recovery period. It can often be an overwhelming period, as you’ll generally feel a huge range of emotions. To help overcome any nerves you have about the procedure and the recovery period, it can help to do research and know what exactly will occur in the recovery period.
So what can you expect after a breast augmentation?
Immediately after surgery
Breast augmentation is performed under a general anaesthetic, so you will not be awake for the procedure. At Centre for Surgery, our general anaesthetic is known as ClearSleep™. Unlike other types of anaesthetic, ClearSleep™ does not rely on the use of any breathing machines or tubes, removing the risk of damage occurring to your throat and teeth. The anaesthetic also ensures you will be able to wake up straight away once your procedure is complete. You will not have to stay in the hospital overnight, you will be able to return home once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
Your surgeon will also give you post-operative care instructions which you should make sure to follow. This will ensure you avoid any complications or injuries and will achieve the best results possible. You may also be given medication which you will need to take.
You will have a compression garment which you will need to wear following the procedure. This will not only help to support the breasts but will also help avoid fluid build up and reduce swelling. You will need to wear this for around four weeks at both day and night.
1-3 days after surgery
It is normal to experience some mild pain and discomfort. You may wish to take pain medication to help alleviate any symptoms.
You will have to avoid any strenuous physical activities. However, you will be encouraged to undertake light activities such as walking.
It is important to sleep on your back rather than on your sides and front.
Around the two day point, you will be able to have a shower.
One week following surgery
You will be able to start resuming your usual daily routine. After one week you will be able to return to work. If you are in a physically demanding job or you do not feel you have recovered enough you may wish to take more time off work.
During this period you should also attend a post-op appointment with your surgeon. This will allow the surgeon to assess how your recovery period is going. If you have any concerns or have had any problems these will be able to be addressed. Dressings will be removed during this meeting and the stitches will be checked.
Two weeks following surgery
After two weeks you will begin to feel more normal. You will be able to complete most activities without feeling any pain, however, you will still need to avoid any vigorous physical activities.
You will be able to take baths if you wish to do so.
Six weeks following surgery
Six weeks is the end of the recovery period. You will no longer have to wear a compression garment, and you will be able to resume more vigorous physical activities. You may still wish to avoid any chest exercises until you feel safe and comfortable to do so.
The scar where the incision took place will start to fade from red and become less prominent in size and colour. The scar will continue to fade and improve in appearance over the next 18 months. You will be given tips by your surgeon and the medical team on how to care for the scar and to make it less noticeable.
Are you interested in undergoing breast augmentation? This is a procedure Centre for Surgery currently offers. Contact us today to find out more information or to book a consultaiton with one of our surgeons.