Following breast augmentation, the majority of patients can expect to take about one to two weeks off work, and most will require some assistance and support from close friends or family members during the first few days of recovery. The day after surgery, I typically have patients return to the office so I can inspect their incisions and sutures. They will then come back to have their sutures removed at the one week mark, and we will schedule future follow-up visits at around three weeks, six weeks, and three months to ensure the healing process is going according to plan. Most patients can typically begin resuming active exercise after about three weeks, though any strenuous lifting and/or intensive labor should ideally be avoided for approximately six weeks.
Any discomfort experienced throughout the breast augmentation recovery process can generally be reduced or even alleviated with pain medication. Although returning to physical activity too early will not necessarily impair results, doing so may slow healing and prolong recovery. For this reason, rest is a key component of returning to normalcy in a more timely manner.
Ultimately, it is important to note that everyone heals at a different rate, so the specific instructions and timeframe for recovery will vary based on each individual’s unique needs. More personalized details about what to expect during recovery from breast augmentation can be provided at the time of the consultation.