Healing time after breast augmentation surgery can vary from patient to patient, but, in general, most patients are recovered within 3-5 days, followed by an additional period of several weeks of reduced activity. Because Dr. Tyrone uses a mild and safe form of anesthesia combined with localized numbing medication, most patients report a pleasant and easy recovery. Expect to feel a mild to moderate fullness and pressure within the first 1-3 days after your surgery, during which time you may want a mild narcotic pain medication. You will not be able to drive while taking your prescribed pain medication. Depending on your everyday activity or occupation, you may be able to have your breast augmentation surgery on a Thursday and return to work the following Monday, provided your job doesn’t require heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling (greater than 10 pounds). Mild soreness and swelling can last for several weeks after surgery, but should not impede your activities of daily living. Showering may take place 48 hours after surgery. However, submerging breasts under water (ie, swimming, bathing) should be avoided until seven days after your sutures have been removed.
Sutures placed by Dr. Tyrone will be removed 10-12 days after your surgery. At the suture removal appointment you will be instructed on breast massage. These exercises help reduce the development of scar tissue by keeping the implants mobile inside the pocket created by Dr. Tyrone. This is an important step to help prevent capsular contracture, which is one of the leading complications of breast augmentation surgery. Breast massages will also help your implants to settle at an equal rate and help to achieve symmetry to your breasts. It can take 3-6 months for relaxation of tissue and descent of implants, when your breasts will become more stable in appearance and softer to the touch. Scars may take 6-12months to fade entirely. You can aid the healing of your scars by avoiding sun exposure and utilizing prescribed scar therapy gels.
When Can I Resume Exercising?
It is always advised to check with your doctor before resuming physical activity. In general, Dr. Tyrone advises eliminating any activity that elevates your heart rate for a minimum of two weeks and absolutely no heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling during this time. Within four weeks, lower body workouts (such as walking, leg exercises) may resume, and light arm only exercises may also be reincorporated. Refrain from high impact sports and cardio exercises (ie, running, horseback riding) for a minimum of six weeks, or until your doctor clears you to resume these activities. Dr. Tyrone also recommends you avoid exercises that directly target the chest muscles indefinitely, as repeated pectoral exercises can displace implants placed submuscularly, which may require additional surgery to correct. Exercise and normal activity usually can be resumed within approximately six weeks. During your recovery period, Dr. Tyrone will advise you on reincorporating daily activities and exercise regimens.
You will have a number of appointments with Dr. Tyrone before and after your breast augmentation, during which time Dr. Tyrone and his staff will gladly answer any questions and provide an abundance of information, individualized care, and instruction. We are here for YOU and are exciting to be a part of your journey!