Breast Augmentation: Post-Operation Do’s and Don’ts

Curious about what you should and shouldn’t do following a breast augmentation? Below are my top tips for a speedy recovery:

  1. Almost all of the discomfort after a BA (Breast Augmentation) comes from the muscle being stretched over the implant. I strongly recommend that you stretch your arms to the sky, then out to the sides and then put them around your back – similar to the same motion you would do if you were clasping your bra closed.
  2. Some women find that they feel more comfortable if they put ice packs or frozen fruit/vegetables on their upper chest.
  3. You will feel more comfortable wearing a sports bra. However, the bra should feel comfortably snug. I have had several patients buy bras that were far too small with the swelling and they were very uncomfortable. There is no reason for this. If the bra feels very tight, go buy a larger one that is comfortable.
  4. Absolutely everyone swells too much in the upper part of their breasts. Some women swell much more than others. This swelling will increase for 3 days. It will gradually come down over time.
  5. It generally takes about 3 months for them to lose their swelling and get their final shape. However, if you had a vertical or lollipop breast lift (mastopexy) it can take much longer. You just have to be patient and there is little you can do to speed this process up.
  6. You can and should shower the day after your surgery. Yes, I know that your breasts will get wet. It will not hurt them. Don’t worry:)
  7. If you have some bruising, it usually takes 2-3 weeks to go away.
  8. You will bounce back much quicker if you are up and around after surgery. However, you will be more tired so give yourself time to rest.
  9. You may can resume sexual relations after surgery but use common sense.
  10. You should be able to return to work on the 4th day after surgery (ie. if your surgery is on Thursday, you should be able to return to your office the following Monday).
  11. It is not unusual to get a small amount of bleeding from your incision.

As always, if you have any concerns, do not hesitate to text me on my personal cell number which you will be given before your surgery.