What Is the Average Recovery Time for a Breast Augmentation Surgery?

  • Posted on: 30 November 2018
  • By: Dr. Mucci

Breast augmentation is becoming an increasingly popular option for women to feel more comfortable with their bodies. It’s entirely natural for some women to wish something was a little different about their breasts, and this procedure offers a safe way to alleviate this unpleasant feeling.

Naturally, women considering this procedure often have a lot of questions regarding the recovery process. One of the most pressing questions is, how long until I’m recovered?

The short answer is: it depends, but generally recovery takes 1-2 weeks for light activity and 2 months for complete recovery.

The Importance of the Recovery Period

Let me backtrack a little bit and talk about the importance of a dedicated recovery period. There’s a reason why doctors give their patients very specific instructions for recovery. Strenuous activity, smoking, a poor diet, or improper care of the incision all puts patients at a greater risk of infection and other complications.

With this in mind, it’s important to talk at length with your doctor about the recovery process beforehand so that you can plan accordingly. This includes taking time off work, making a plan for childcare, and enlisting help for any activities around the house that would require heavy lifting or physical exertion. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, now is the time to make sure you have all the necessary plans in place for a stress-free recovery.

The Recovery Period Will Vary From Person to Person

It’d be nice if everyone recovered at the same pace, but unfortunately every case is different. Among other factors, your age, overall wellbeing, the size of the implant, and the location of the incision all affect the recovery period. However, as I mentioned earlier, you should be ready to return to an office job and resume light physical activity after about two weeks. After two months, you should be ready to resume all physical activity.

Can I Speed Up the Recovery Process?

It will undoubtedly take time for you to recover, but it never hurts to take good care of your body. In addition to your doctor’s instructions, it’s a good idea to avoid touching or bumping your incision. Other tips include avoiding sunlight on the incision, avoiding alcohol and tobacco products for 2-4 weeks, and avoiding hot showers (warm ones are okay, just not hot). Of course, you should reach out to your doctor if you have any questions about how to facilitate a fast, smooth recovery.

Follow Your Doctor’s Advice and Honor Follow-Up Appointments

The above tips are all great ways to take care of yourself following a procedure, and most doctors will give you similar recommendations. However, no one knows your body and your needs after a procedure like YOUR doctor. If you want to heal quickly and smoothly, the absolute best thing you can do is follow your doctor’s advice! They’re the #1 expert when it comes to your health and your recovery.

Follow-up appointments are also critical. These appointments are essential for allowing your doctor to assess your condition. They allow your doctor to make sure you’re healing properly and gives them a chance to offer new advice as necessary. For example, a doctor might recommend that you get more or less physical activity, or he might recommend you make a small change to your diet to facilitate healing. Again, it all comes back to your doctor - they will know best, so make sure to follow their advice.

The best way to learn how long your recovery would take is to talk to a doctor. Call us today for a free consultation regarding our breast augmentation procedures.