One of the biggest concerns patients have regarding breast augmentation is the recovery period. Will it be painful? How long before you can return to your normal routine? These are just a couple of questions you might have.
It’s important to know what you’re letting yourself in for so, here we’ll look at what you can typically expect from breast augmentation recovery.
Is breast augmentation recovery painful?
This is likely the first question on your list. The truth is, it can be painful, though the level of pain reported varies between patients. Everyone is different so the actual recovery period will depend upon numerous factors. Some say the recovery is merely uncomfortable, while others report extreme pain for a few days.
As a rule, pain, discomfort and swelling are usually worse in the first 4 days after the procedure. However, compared to the pain that used to be experienced with older techniques, it has become a lot better over the years. There are also various things the surgeon can do to minimise the amount of pain felt during recovery.
You’ll be given adequate pain medication to help during the first week.
How much time will I need to take off work?
Again, this varies, but many surgeons recommend taking 2 weeks off to fully recover. There are people who choose to go back the very next day, but this really isn’t recommended. Take into account the type of work you do and how intensive it is.
If you have a job which requires very little physical effort, you’ll be able to return a lot sooner than if you’re working in a labour-intensive industry.
Will I be left with a scar?
Some scarring can be expected, particularly if you’re having large implants inserted. It takes around 3-6 months to see the final result of the scarring, though for some patients this can increase to a year.
Overall, breast augmentation recovery does vary between patients. Your surgeon will be able to give you a good idea of what to expect during your consultation.