Breast Augmentation Recovery: What to Expect

To help you prepare for your implant surgery, Dr. John Tyrone will thoroughly outline the process of breast augmentation recovery at our Jacksonville, FL, practice, well before he performs your procedure. The doctor will provide you with explicit instructions to follow during recovery, ensuring that the process is as easy and comfortable as possible.

The length of your recovery period will depend largely upon the type of incisions the doctor uses, the size of your implants, and whether the doctor places the implants above or below the muscle. In general, Dr. Tyrone's patients are able to return to work and exercise within one to two weeks.

Be Prepared

The more you plan ahead, the smoother and less stressful your recovery period will be:

  • Make sure you schedule adequate time off from work after your surgery, depending upon the doctor's recommendations.
  • Many patients prepare a small recovery bag that they will have with them after surgery, which may include a snack and a bottle of water, an ID, and a credit card or cash. You may also want to include loose-fitting, comfortable clothes to wear.
  • You will need to arrange to have a responsible adult drive you to and from your surgery, and stay with you for the first 24 hours after the procedure.
  • If the doctor provides a prescription for pain medication, have it filled before your surgery.

Immediately following Surgery

Dr. Tyrone's anesthetist administers twilight anesthesia before surgery, which will allow for an easier recovery than general anesthesia, and fewer related side effects. Dr. Tyrone also uses a local anesthetic both before and during your operation to reduce pain afterwards. The effects of the anesthetic typically wear off six to eight hours after surgery, allowing you plenty of time for you to return home and get comfortable.

When you wake up immediately after the procedure, you may feel some discomfort and notice some swelling in your breasts. You will have support bandages covering you, and will be wearing a support bra to minimize swelling. The level of discomfort you experience will depend largely upon the procedure you choose. Implants placed under the muscle tend to cause more discomfort after surgery than those placed above the muscle. 

The doctor will provide you with explicit instructions to follow during recovery, ensuring that the process is as easy and comfortable as possible.

Short-term Recovery

Most patients return for a follow-up appointment the day after the surgery. This allows Dr. Tyrone to check for any complications.

You will need to avoid supplements such as aspirin and fish oil for at least two weeks following surgery, as they can cause bleeding and tightening of the scar tissue surrounding the implant, distorting its shape. Also avoid smoking, as it can increase your risk of infection and impede healing.

You should spend the first day or two post-surgery resting, but can resume most non-strenuous exercises within a couple of days, depending upon the advice of your doctor. While most patients take a week off from work, you may return sooner if Dr. Tyrone approves. You should also avoid lifting your arms above your head for the first few days, especially if your incision was made in the crease below the breast. Patients with incisions made around the areola or in the armpit will require less downtime.

Long-term Recovery

massaging breastsThe doctor will have you return for another follow-up visit about a week after your surgery. At this time, he will discuss a massage regiment. Massaging your breasts regularly will help the implant remain in the desired position, as well as prevent the formation of a capsule of scar tissue surrounding the implant.

You will also need to avoid:

  • Getting your wounds wet during the first few days following surgery.
  • Taking baths for at least two weeks. You should shower instead, thoroughly drying your wounds afterwards.
  • Sleeping on your side or stomach for six weeks following surgery.
  • Running, jumping, and any other activity that may cause your breasts to bounce and incisions to open until you are fully healed.

Call Us Today

Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Tyrone. Following the doctor’s instructions can ensure a quick and comfortable recovery. 

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