Post-Breast Augmentation Healing Tips

Written by Dr. Evelyn Sterling

Dr. Sterling is known for her compassionate demeanor and personalized approach, taking the time to understand each patient's unique concerns and expectations. Her dedication to patient satisfaction and safety has earned her the trust and loyalty of countless individuals seeking cosmetic enhancement.

Post-Operative Diary: Tips for Recovery

After the eagerly anticipated breast augmentation surgery, what comes next?

The post-operative experience varies from woman to woman, with differences in swelling, bruising, and pain. Recovery speed and readiness to resume daily activities significantly depend on the type of surgery performed and the patient’s physical condition.

Whether the implant is placed in front of or behind the pectoral muscle also affects the duration of recovery. 

The initial days and weeks post-surgery are crucial for the final outcome, and there are several ways to facilitate a quicker return to fitness and achieve the desired breast shape.

Up to Day 3 Post-Surgery

  • Overnight Stay and Initial Checks: Patients typically spend one night in the clinic for recovery. The next day, the position of the implants is checked, wounds are inspected, and if necessary, drains are removed before discharge with a firm bandage and, if required, prescription for pain medication.
  • Preventative Antibiotics: A six-day course of preventative antibiotics is recommended. Some patients have also found relief with anti-inflammatory supplements like pineapple extract (Bromelain, 3 x 2 capsules daily) or Arnica preparations (homeopathic).

Rest for Faster Healing

  • Taking it easy for the next two weeks is advisable, as rest accelerates healing. Activities should be limited to listening to music, watching TV, reading, and applying cold packs to the breasts. Minimal blood seepage through the dressing in the initial days is normal.
  • Avoiding Muscle Strain: Any activity that strains the chest muscles, including overhead stretching or wearing certain clothes, should be avoided. Lifting heavy objects is also not recommended.

Pain Management

  • Pain, a natural part of the healing process, should be manageable with modern surgical techniques. Medications like Ibuprofen or antibiotics can alleviate significant discomfort. Sleeping on your back is advised to protect the surgical scars.

Up to Day 14 Post-Surgery

  • Regular Check-ups: Follow-up appointments are typically scheduled for three and twelve days post-operation, with further visits as agreed with your surgeon. A new dressing is applied during these checks to support the healing process.
  • Compression or Support Bra: A snugly fitting support bra, possibly alongside a Stuttgart belt, should be worn day and night for six to eight weeks to stabilize the breast and facilitate implant positioning.

Avoid Smoking

  • Smoking can significantly hinder wound and scar healing. Delaying smoking post-surgery reduces the risk of post-operative complications.

Up to Week 8 Post-Surgery

  • Scar Care: With your surgeon’s guidance, applying a special scar gel and gentle pressure massage can promote scar healing. Cold showers can also stimulate tissue regeneration.
  • Activity Resumption: Gradual return to physical activities, including gentle exercise and sex, is usually safe from the eighth week, though saunas and sunbathing should wait.

6 Months Post-Surgery

  • Sensory Changes: The final result is visible, with potential improvements over time. Sensory changes around the nipples or lower breast typically diminish gradually.
  • Direct Sunlight Exposure: Avoid exposing scars to UV rays for the first six months to prevent permanent pigmentation changes.

Future Care

  • An annual ultrasound is recommended to check the condition and positioning of the breast implants.