Breast Augmentation Recovery & Results
Breast Augmentation Recovery
A post-surgical recovery period of 24 to 48 hours and an additional reduced-activity period of a few days is necessary following breast augmentation surgery. You will likely experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks. Exercise and normal activity can resume at the direction of your plastic surgeon.
You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for your breasts, medications to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
Be sure to ask Dr. Hedden specific questions about what you can expect during your recovery period.
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medications will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?
- Are stitches removed? When?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains or unusual heart beats after going home, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
Following your physician's instructions is key to the success of your breast augmentation procedure. The surgical incisions should not be subjected to excessive force, abrasion or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
Breast Augmentation Results
The results of your breast augmentation surgery will be long-lasting. You will find it easier to wear certain styles of clothing and swimwear. Like many women who have had breast augmentation, you may also have a boost in self-confidence.
It's important to know that breast augmentation results are not permanent and that breast implants may have to be replaced during your lifetime. You should expect to have future visits with your plastic surgeon to discuss changes in your breasts.
Your breasts can change over time due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity. If you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choose to undergo a breast lift or breast implant exchange to restore a more youthful contour.
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