Breast augmentation: Recovery process and timeline

Breast

Breast augmentation, commonly known as a ‘boob job’, has been a popular procedure for decades. Women around the world undergo this procedure and praise its results. Many people report feeling more self-confident and happier after breast enhancement surgery. Countless celebrities have undergone breast augmentation, and the larger bust appearance is on-trend.

Reasons for breast augmentation

However, there are a number of reasons someone may have a breast enhancement procedure. They may want to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy or another breast surgery. They may want to adjust uneven breasts due to another condition. Or they may want to enhance their breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is a highly personal choice.

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The recovery

Typically, the surgery takes around 6 to 8 weeks to recover from breast augmentation. It can take longer depending on your health, age and body. You should do some research and talk to your surgeon about the recovery process.

The surgery involves general anaesthesia as you are asleep during the procedure. You are likely to feel achy and groggy when you first wake up and make experience tightness under your chest. The breast implants are placed under the pectoralis muscle. It can take some time for the muscle aches and tightness to go away.

You will be sore for the first week or so, and your doctor will prescribe medication for the pain. Your surgeon will wrap your breasts with a bra or elastic band to support them through recovery. You will need to learn how to care for your incision sites. There are a few ways to insert the implants – your surgeon will discuss the specifics of your surgery with you.

You may notice some bleeding around the incision sites in the first week. After a few weeks, you will still have soreness and swelling. After two months, you will be almost fully recovered – depending on your body.

When can I get back to normal?

You will need to take three weeks or more off work. You won’t be able to do heavy lifting or intense physical activities for a while. You will need to pause your gym routine for a while. Breast augmentation is a major surgery that takes months to fully recover from. Give your body the time it needs to heal and adapt to the new implants. It’s important to take care of yourself and follow the advice of your surgeon.

Do your research and decide whether breast augmentation is the right choice for you.

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