Before you decide to go ahead with breast augmentation surgery, it’s important to think beyond the procedure itself as there is a lot that still needs to take place after the procedure before you’ll see the results you’re hoping for.
In this guide, we will take you through the entire breast augmentation process.
Your breast augmentation surgery
Before the procedure begins, a general anaesthetic will be administered in order to make you comfortable during your surgery.
Next, an incision will be made around the nipple, above the armpit or at the base of the breasts in order to insert the implants underneath the pectoral muscle or behind your breast tissue. Placement is mainly dependent on the type of implant that will be used as well as the size of the breast.
The incisions will then be closed with adhesives, sutures or surgical tape in a way that will minimise scarring.
A surgical bra will need to be worn directly after your surgery and gauze will be used to protect your breasts and help them heal.
The entire surgery shouldn’t take longer than 90 minutes, however, this is dependent on your surgeon’s technique. Breast reconstruction surgery will take longer.
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Your surgery recovery timeline
Recovering from breast augmentation surgery takes time. This is what you can expect.
Patients can expect moderate discomfort, swelling, bruising and nausea for the first day after their surgery. Any pain can be managed with the medication that your surgeon will prescribe though.
You will also have limited arm movement, which means you definitely cannot drive and you won’t be able to remove a shirt that goes over your head.
It’s highly advisable to avoid smoking, alcohol and blood-thinning medication during this time.
You will need some help at home for the first few days.
2 – 10 Days
You will now begin the displacement exercises that your surgeon has given you as these will help you prevent complications and achieve a natural-looking result.
You should also be able to start driving provided you aren’t taking any pain medication that could hamper your motor skills. Check with your doctor before you start driving again.
At least one follow-up appointment will need to be scheduled during this time.
10 – 14 Days
Patients will be able to begin some light exercise but a surgeon will need to give the go ahead first.
You should also be able to return to work at this point but heavy lifting is discouraged.
2 – 3 Weeks
You will need to continue with any displacement exercises during this period and you’ll be able to start incorporating more and more of your usual activities back into your routine. Upper body exercises should still be avoided where possible though.
4 – 6 Weeks
You should start seeing some of the results of your surgery during this time as your breasts will slowly begin to settle. You should now also be able to transition from your surgical bras to wearing sports or push-up bras. Speak to your doctor about the types of activities you can now engage in as running and upper body exercises may be possible.
3 – 6 Months
You should now be able to see most of your results and will be able to resume all physical activity. Any scar tissue will begin to heal and will fade as time passes. Scars are barely visible within a year or two. Follow-up appointments will still be required during this time.