5 Things to Remember During Breast Augmentation Recovery

by | Aug 30, 2014

5 Things to Remember During Breast Augmentation Recovery

Breast augmentations are our specialty as a plastic surgery center in Scottsdale and Sun City. Our goal is to give you a body you can be proud of while offering you the best care in the valley. But once you leave after surgery, the recovery time is out of our hands. We have a few tips to make sure you are comfortable, relaxed and careful during your breast augmentation recovery.

1. No lifting over 10 pounds for six weeks

Lifting can not only be incredibly painful during the first few days or weeks after recovery, but it can hinder your breast augmentation recovery. We want you to relax and not strain yourself using the muscles that have been affected by the procedure. Additionally, scars take a minimum of six weeks to heal, so we don’t want you to put additional strain on your new incisions.

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2. Wear sports bra/garment and no underwire until otherwise told

The undergarment we send you home in may feel like overkill. And it’s definitely not the most stylish thing you’ve worn. But it is imperative you wear proper undergarments during your breast augmentation recovery. Support is key to making sure your breasts settle properly over time.

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3. You will be sore. Listen to your body and take it easy

This is one of the most important post-operative instructions. Your body will tell you when you’re pushing it too hard. For those of you who like to go, go, go you’ll need to slow down and let your body heal. When the pain subsides, it’s easy to get carried away with activities so take time to lay down and keep up your fluid intake.

4. Refrain from any strenuous exercise for six weeks

Light walking is encouraged during the initial recovery period. This will help eliminate the risk of blood clots in your legs. Three weeks post-surgery you can begin light cardio activity. Walking outside or the use of a stationary bike are good ways to stay active, but be careful. Six weeks after your procedure you can return to normal gym activity. If you’ve had submuscular implants, discuss your exercise routine with Dr. Brown to make sure you’re aware of how weight lifting can affect you.

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5. When instructed, begin your daily breast massage to prevent encapsulation.

Encapsulation is when the tissue surrounding your implant begins to harden. This can be painful for you and change the look and feel of your breast augmentation. Dr. Brown will recommend when to begin massaging your breasts during breast augmentation recovery based on how your healing is going. It’s important to follow the regimen of massaging daily because if capsular contraction begins, it can lead to a corrective breast augmentation.

Dr. Brown will provide a full list of post-operative instructions for you to follow during breast augmentation recovery, each as important as the next. For more information on Dr. Brown’s breast augmentation techniques, call ​480-568-3804.