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What to Expect During Your Breast Augmentation Recovery

Choosing to have cosmetic breast surgery can be a big decision, but that’s why the Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery and MediSpa staff is committed to helping you prepare for your procedure, from start to finish. Continue reading for what’s to be expected during your recovery process.

Recovery following a breast augmentation procedure will vary for each patient, as everyone heals at a different rate. However, most patients tend to experience a similar timeline. Typically, there will be about a one-week recovery period. This means resting in bed and allowing time for your body to heal, while taking any prescribed oral medications. You may be up and around walking immediately after surgery. Avoid lifting more than 10 pounds or doing any activities which cause you to perspire or are uncomfortable for about a month. As you start to feel more comfortable, you may begin light activities, but aerobic exercise should wait until about three to four weeks after surgery. Have someone at home assist you with your first few showers and be with you 24-7 during the first few days.

Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Yarinsky, will provide you with a support bra, gauze dressing supplies and a Velcro strap that will help hold your breasts in their new position. These will be worn for several weeks, but your sutures will likely be removed after two weeks, depending on how your body is healing.

Most patients can expect to return to work the first week following their surgery, keeping in mind their pain tolerance. Utilizing a driving service, or riding with a friend or family member, could be beneficial, as many patients find the motions of driving difficult and uncomfortable at first for a few weeks. And you cannot drive while taking pain medications.

More in-depth details about what to expect during your recovery will be discussed during your consultation and at your preoperative visit with Dr. Yarinsky and our expert nursing staff. If you have anymore questions regarding breast augmentation, please call or email our practice.