Perennially the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States, breast augmentation is also a relatively simple surgery with a quick recovery time. However, that recovery time can be painful and disconcerting. For the first few weeks, swollen tissues may cause your implants to feel unnaturally tight, and possibly painful. You may also discover the implants are sitting higher on your chest than you expected.
The good news is that this is all perfectly normal for a breast augmentation procedure. While breast augmentation recovery times can differ, the breast implants should start to sit naturally on your chest after 3-6 weeks. You can return to work as soon as a week after your procedure, unless your job requires physical activity that puts a strain on your chest.
To deal with breast implants in your recovery period, you should:
- Wear a compression garment and recovery bra
- Take over-the-counter painkillers for the pain
- Avoid heavy lifting, exercise, or any other physical activity that uses chest muscles
A follow-up appointment with your cosmetic surgeon a few weeks after the surgery will let the doctor know whether your recovery is on track. Once the swelling goes down and the implants “settle” on the chest, you will start to feel more normal, but the continued presence of breast implants within your chest may take some getting used to. Like with any cosmetic procedure, you will become more comfortable with your results the more time you spend with them.
To schedule a consultation for a breast augmentation, call Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery at (248) 723-9370 today, or contact us through this website. We have locations in Detroit, Southfield, Port Huron, Ann Arbor, Dundee, and Jackson.