How Long is the Recovery from Breast Augmentation?
Many women are extremely self-conscious about the size of their breasts. We have been taught to try to be satisfied with the body we were given while clothing ads show women with great cleavage modeling adorable blouses. Then when we try on dresses and tops and the bustline sags, it’s just downright discouraging.
Breast augmentation surgeries are performed so a woman can achieve a more aesthetically pleasing look that will boost her self-esteem and give her the confidence she needs to tackle life. If you are contemplating breast augmentation, we would like to give you an overview of the recovery process.
If you’re unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts, you’re most likely a candidate for breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is a highly personal procedure and should only be considered and done because it will satisfy you and not someone else.
You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if:
You are physically healthy and you aren’t pregnant or breastfeeding
Your breasts are fully developed
You are dissatisfied with your breasts losing shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss or with aging
You are unhappy with your lack of cleavage
Your breasts are asymmetrical
You are over the age of 18
What Is Recovery from Breast Augmentation Like?
Because every woman’s body and needs are unique, there is no exact timeline for the recovery process. With that being said, most surgeons agree that full recovery takes place within 6 to 8 weeks.
Many women even feel back to normal sooner than that. Your surgeon will be able to assess your needs and give you a more specific timeline.
Immediately After Surgery
When you awaken from surgery, you will find that there will be bandages and compression garments on the surgical site. There is typically some swelling and bruising after the procedure. The first few days will be the most uncomfortable, but you will have prescription pain medications to help you navigate the pain for the first few days. After that, most women find that over-the-counter pain medication will curb the pain.
You will be required to wear a post-operative soft, stretchy bra at all times after this surgery. This provides stability, aids in circulation, and assists with proper drainage. You will be asked to avoid sleeping on your stomach or on your side in any way that puts pressure on your breasts.
After the first week of recovery, women are encouraged to slowly get back into light normal daily routine. Pain should be minimal during the second week and following weeks, but you will be required to refrain from strenuous activities and any activity that involves bouncing movements, such as running and jumping.
Patients with jobs that require light to minimal activity can return to work during the first or second week. Women withjobs that require strenuous activity should stay out of work for a minimum of 3 weeks.
Week Four and Following
Your surgeon will evaluate your progress after the first few weeks and be able to see how well your healing has progressed. During these visits, the surgeon will give you any further instructions regarding your recovery, but in general, breast augmentation patients return to work and normal activities after the fourth week of recovery. Patients will generally be completely recovered and cleared for all activities by 8 weeks.
Meet Dr. Jamie Moenster
Now that you are aware of what the recovery process is like, we would like to recommend Dr. Jamie Moenster of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona. Dr. Moenster is Board Certified in Plastic, Reconstructive and General Surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgeons. She has expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body.
In fact, Dr. Moenster lectures on the state and national levels about cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In addition to surgery, Dr. Moenster also has expertise in providing patients with non-invasive treatments like fillers, botox, laser procedures, peels, and sclerotherapy. She is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a five-year residency as a general surgeon and a two-year fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Health Systems.
You will undoubtedly be under the care of the finest plastic surgeon with Dr. Moenster. You can read more about Dr. Moenster in her biography on her website.
My experience with Dr. Jamie Muenster was exceptional. She is professional and personal, makes you just want to hug her. I had a breast augmentation and I am so glad I chose Dr. Jamie Moenster. She treated very well me right up until I was released home. She was very attentive, informational to both me and my husband. If I were to do it again I wouldn’t choose anyone other Doctor. I would recommend anyone and everyone I could to Dt. Jaime Moenster.
Are you ready to explore the possibility of having your breast augmentation surgery? You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Moenster by calling her Tucson office at 520-207-3100 or her Sierra Vista location at 520-458-1787.
You may also schedule an appointment by completing the form on this page. Her offices are conveniently located at 698 East Wetmore, Suite #310 in Tucson, Arizona and 150 South Coronado Drive Suite #110 in Sierra Vista, Arizona.