What to Expect After Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation is a major medical procedure which requires substantial downtime in order to promote healing and achieve optimal results. In addition to offering affordable pricing to plastic surgery patients, the team at Tijuana Bariatrics in Tijuana, Mexico, will work closely with patients during their breast augmentation recovery. The amount of time needed to make a full recovery and return to normal activities depends largely on the size of the implants, where the surgical incisions are made, and whether the implants are placed above (subglandular) or below (submuscular) the pectoral muscle. 

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Immediately after Surgery

Immediately after breast augmentation surgery, you will feel tired and groggy due to the effects of the anesthesia. Most patients will return home or to their hotel room shortly after the procedure. A loved one will need to accompany you and stay with you for at least the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery. You should begin taking any prescribed medications to manage discomfort and rest as much as possible. A surgical bra may be recommended to support the newly-placed implants. It is also normal for the breast implants to sit higher on the chest right at this time but they will gradually drop into a more natural position in the upcoming weeks and months.*

First Week after Surgery

Patients general experience swelling, soreness, pain, and tiredness for several days after the surgery. You should continue taking prescribed medications and arrange for help with household chores for the first five to seven days. Patients are generally advised to wait for at least 48 hours before taking a shower.

Patients can generally resume normal activities after two days to a week but should avoid strenuous exercise for two to four weeks.

Patients whose implants were placed above the chest muscle can often return to work in as little as two days. Most patients can return to work after a week of rest but should avoid activities such as bending and lifting heavy weights.* You should also minimize movements which incorporate the arm and chest muscles during this time to expedite the recovery process.

The Following Weeks

Swelling, sensitivity, and tightness in the chest area should be significantly improved within three weeks.* These side effects will take longer to resolve for patients who chose submuscular placement of the implants. Patients are advised to sleep on their back for the first 10 days after surgery, after which they can sleep on the side or stomach if it is comfortable. You can resume gentle exercise two weeks after the surgery, and start driving when you no longer require pain medications.

Patients are generally able to resume normal activities three weeks after breast augmentation surgery. Mothers should wait at least two to three weeks before lifting and carrying their children, especially if they weigh more than 15 lbs.

Optimizing the Recovery Process

Smoking hinders the body's natural ability to heal, so patients should avoid tobacco use to expedite the recovery process. Vitamins C and E are generally recommended to minimize scarring and prevent complications such as capsular contracture. Swelling may take up to three months to completely subside, after which your final results will become more apparent. However, your body will continue healing over the next year while the breast implants settle.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you have any questions about the breast augmentation recovery process, reach out today. Contact Tijuana Bariatrics online or call (877) 759-0739 to speak with a member of the team. 

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