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Dr. Albright's 7 Tips for Breast Augmentation Recovery
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Dr. Albright's 7 Tips for Breast Augmentation Recovery

Written by
Dr. William Albright
Updated
Dr. William Albright is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast and body procedures.
Dr. William Albright is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast and body procedures.

Dr. Albright’s 7 Tips for Breast Augmentation Recovery

1. Rest

The post-surgical requirements are the key to a successful and healthy recovery from surgery. Rest is critical. Although there are always variations in techniques, Dr. Albright requires 2 weeks with minimal reaching/pulling with the arms, and less than 20 pounds lifting of weight.  This is then followed by 2 more weeks of less than 45 pounds lifting. However, during this time you may reach and pull with the arms. This includes a total of 4 weeks with NO intense exercise and 24/7 bra wearing (except showering).  After these 4 weeks, most patients may begin regular exercise as tolerated. Worried about drainage tubes after your breast cosmetic surgery?  Don't be.  Dr. Albright rarely uses drains with this procedure.

2. Pain Management

While your physician will prescribe pain medication for post-surgical discomfort, patients should know that mild to moderate pain is common after a breast augmentation. Patients may also experience tightness and pressure across their chest for several days after surgery. However, many patients often report that they need nothing more than over-the-counter pain medications to lessen their discomfort. 

3. Wait for Results

Expect 3-6 months before you see the full results of your breast augmentation. Post-surgical swelling will need time to need time to go down, and will usually disappear within the first two months. This gives the overlying soft tissues time to adjust to the implant. For above-the-muscle implants, give yourself 2-3 months. For below-the-muscle implants, allow 4-6 months. 

4. No Smoking

This includes the use of drugs or vaping. This is incredibly important for several reasons. First, smoking increases a person’s risk of lung related issues post-surgery, such as pneumonia and bronchitis. Smoking triggers the release of skin-damaging free radicals, which can increase swelling, worsen the appearance of any scars, and works to impede the healing timeline. This is due to limiting blood flow to the skin. If you do choose to smoke, you need to refrain from doing so for at least two weeks before AND after the procedure. 

5. Wear your Bra

Post-surgery, we supply you with a post-surgical bra, which you should wear according to instruction. This garment prevents the implants from moving around and minimizes swelling. While it is not necessarily attractive, it is critical to a healthy recovery. Please be patient and know that there will be plenty of time for buying more attractive undergarments in the future. Dr. A recommends the Marena bra to give you the best compression and support. https://marena.com/

6. Healthy Food & Water

One of the biggest helps to post-recovery is to be prepared. Before heading to the surgical center for your breast augmentation, stock your kitchen with easy to prepare food and plenty of water. For the first post-op day, it is common to feel nauseous from the anesthesia. If you do have an appetite, start with soft, light foods. If you tolerate them, work yourself up to other foods that are easy on your stomach. Healthy foods make for a healthy recovery, so make sure you have a variety of options at home. And remember to continue drinking water, as dehydration can cause cramping and other unpleasant symptoms. 

7. Update your Wardrobe

While you don’t want to make drastic changes to your wardrobe until you are completely recovered and not swollen any longer, its okay to feel excited about your new body! Everything from bras to bathing suits to blouses- your breast augmentation might mean a brand-new wardrobe. It is also important to buy new clothing items that fit and feel comfortable. Your breasts need proper support and it is helpful to try things on (or schedule a bra-fitting) that make since for your new shape.

Written by
Dr. William Albright
Updated

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