When you get home after breast augmentation surgery, you are sure to be extremely excited and hopeful. Your new and improved breasts are finally here! However, you have to be patient while you are in the healing process. Taking the time to recover will help ensure that you receive the best results from your surgery.
Let’s take a look at the steps you will need to take following breast augmentation surgery.
Can I go home right after my procedure?
In most cases, yes. You’ll be able to go home and begin your recovery from breast augmentation surgery within a couple of hours after the surgery. Occasionally, patients must stay overnight to be monitored if there are other health concerns. Remember, you will need to have a trusted friend or family member pick you up from the center. You will not be permitted to drive yourself home.
How much pain will I be in after surgery?
Right after your surgery (and especially when the anesthesia wears off,) you will feel a bit of a burning sensation and light pressure. Many women describe the feeling as when your milk begins to come in after giving birth. This feeling should only last for a few days, but we will send you home with prescription medications that will help manage the pain. You’ll feel some tenderness and discomfort for a couple of months after your surgery. If you feel as if something is wrong or your pain levels are too high, please give us a call immediately.
What should I do for the first couple of days?
Before your surgery we recommend that you stock up on any essentials, such as food and toiletries. That way, you won’t have to leave your home for the first few days. You should also have someone there who can help you with daily tasks. Do not lift anything heavy. If you have young children, enlist the help of others. You can start driving once you are no longer taking your prescription narcotics. It is important to rest during this time so that your breasts heal properly.
When will I be able to return to work?
You’ll need to talk to your doctor about returning to work as the answer will depend on the type of work you do. If you have a desk job, you may be able to go back within a couple of weeks. For a job that involves physical labor, you may have to take off for a few weeks or take on light duties until you are completely healed.
When will I be able to exercise again?
You should avoid any type of exercise that could agitate your breasts, such as jumping or running. The exact time frame will depend on your body and the surgery you had. The general time frame is about a month for light to moderate exercise. For more strenuous exercises, please talk to our doctors. You do not want to put any strain on your implants, as this could cause internal bleeding.
How do I know that the implants are healing properly?
We will usually prescribe an antibiotic for use when you are at home recovering. This will help prevent infection from occurring. You will be able to shower whenever you would like, but we don’t recommend taking a bath or getting in a hot tub. You’ll want to keep your sutures as clean as possible while you are in the healing process.