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Breast Augmentation Recovery: What to Expect Following the Procedure

May 12, 2014  |   Uncategorized

Breast augmentation is the process of enlarging the breasts through placement of implants under the breast tissue or chest muscle. If you have considered this procedure at some point, you may be wondering what the recovery process entails, and Los Colinas Plastic Surgery Centre is here to answer that question. Expect to feel tired. You just underwent surgery and will definitely need rest. Fatigue is common, so take the time to let your body heal. Expect tightness. The skin around your bust is now stretching, working to adjust to a new cup size. We suggest performing daily breast massage, as it helps skin relax. Expect scarring. There will be scarring following surgery, but in well concealed areas. Surgery scars may take months to heal completely, but will improve over time. Expect to wear something supportive. Following surgery, your chest will be wrapped in tight gauze or a compression bandage. This will be further secured by a special bra, and in the following days a supportive garment, such as a sports bra, will be necessary. Expect swelling and bruising. The majority of women experience swelling, bruising and soreness following surgery. Breasts may remain sensitive for up to a month, but a supportive bra can help aid in the healing process. One of the biggest questions women have is when they can return to their normal routine. Many women go back to work after just a few days, but caution should be exercised. Avoid strenuous activity that raises the heart rate or blood pressure, and heavy lifting that requires the use of arms or shoulders should be avoided as well. Fatigue, bruising and scarring are minor inconveniences compared to the heightened self-esteem our patients experience following breast augmentation surgery. To learn if this procedure may be right for you, visit our website today for more information!