Making the choice to have a breast augmentation is a big decision. For some of my Long Island patients, their greatest concerns are not about the procedure itself, but are about the recovery following the procedure. Fortunately, my patients can rest assured that today’s advanced techniques deliver a quick, comfortable recovery process that’s usually much easier than they expect.
To ensure my patients are confident before moving forward, I provide them with a thorough recovery plan. That way, they can get back to their normal routines as quickly and easily as possible. Here are the top 3 recovery concerns I hear from patients and my solutions:
- Recovery time: Whether my patients are mothers, busy professionals, or active exercisers, recovery time is always a concern. On average, my patients are able to perform light exercises and activities within 1 week of their procedure and are back to their normal routines within 2 to 3 weeks. In the early stages of recovery, however, it is important to have friends or family available to help with activities such as dressing, cooking, and driving. Take it easy early on, and you’ll be back to normal activity soon.
- Swelling: Swelling can be most noticeable within the first 2 to 3 days of the procedure, decreasing sharply after the first week. One of the best ways to treat and control swelling is with an ice or gel pack. Simply wrap the pack, or a plastic bag filled with ice cubes, in a towel and lay it on the swollen area, alternating between a few minutes on and a few minutes off. The temperature of the ice will slow the amount of blood passing through the area and reduce swelling. If swelling persists after the first few days, patients should feel free to call our office or ask about it at a follow-up appointment a few days after the surgery.
- Pain: Some discomfort is usually felt within the first 24 to 48 hours after a breast augmentation. However, these symptoms are manageable with the proper medication and recovery plan. After the first 48 hours, patients may resume some routine activities including showering and light movement around the house. Usually by this point, all patients should need is an over-the-counter painkiller to ensure their comfort. Many of my patients tell me they stop taking anything at all after just a few days.
I encourage my patients to contact me with any questions or concerns they have throughout their recovery. As a plastic surgeon, it is my job to be available to my patients whenever they need me. However, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how simple and comfortable the process is.
If you are interested in a breast augmentation procedure, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. We will give you all of the information you need to feel confident and secure in your final decision and recovery plan.