Average Recovery Times for 5 Common Breast Surgery Procedures

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Plastic surgery can be a remarkable experience that can greatly improve your quality of life, and understanding these procedures will help you know what to expect.

Following your procedure, you will need to take time to recover so your body can properly heal. Your doctor and healthcare team will give you personalized instructions that will help you understand the recovery experience. But how long will it take to recover?

Let’s take a look at the average recovery time for some of the most common breast procedures offered at Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery.

Breast Augmentation

Patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery are likely to experience some discomfort following surgery, but pain related to this procedure usually fades quickly and can be managed easily. Expect to spend at least six weeks to achieve full recovery, but after a week or so, you should start feeling like yourself again.

After surgery and during your follow-up appointments, your surgeon will discuss activity restrictions and when you can return to work.

Breast Lift

Breast lift procedures are a specialty of Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery. Patients who receive this treatment can expect to spend a week recovering before returning to their normal activity level. Your doctor can tell you more about any movement and weight restrictions that might need to be observed during this time. The full recovery time is typically about six weeks.

Breast Reduction

You will likely experience the most discomfort directly following breast reduction surgery, but after one to two weeks of recovery, you can typically return to work. If your job requires vigorous activity, you may need more time off. You should be fully recovered and able to return to all your normal activities after a few months.

Breast Implant Removal

Removing breast implants is a type of surgery that can result in some minor discomfort directly after the procedure. Most patients find that they can return to work about a week after surgery, but it can take several weeks to a few months before you are fully recovered and can perform any strenuous activity. Your healthcare team will discuss your pain management needs and any activity restrictions that you may need to follow during your recovery period.

Breast Implant Replacement

Sometimes, existing breast implants need to be replaced with new ones. After such a procedure takes place, patients will spend less than a week recovering before returning to work and other normal activities.

Consult With a Plastic Surgeon Today

If you have ever wondered how a breast lift, breast reduction, or other plastic surgery procedure could improve your life, take time to speak with Dr. Rifai and our team at Birmingham Plastic Surgery. Schedule a consultation today by calling one of our Michigan offices or using our online contact form.

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