Breast Augmentation Recovery
Denver, Aurora, Lone Tree and Boulder, Colorado
Your breast augmentation procedure is not finished when you leave our office. Your recovery is as important as the surgery itself to getting the breast augmentation results you desire. During your postsurgical consultation we will give you and your driver detailed instructions for your recovery period verbally and in writing. This information is provided as a refresher and as a general overview for women considering breast augmentation. All the information on this page is for breast augmentation with breast implants.
If you have specific questions about recovery from breast augmentation surgery, please contact us at our office today. If you have concerns about your recovery progress, please call us at 303-680-8989.
The First Week of Recovery
The first week of your recovery from breast augmentation surgery should be dedicated to recovery. You should take time off from work, and enlist the aid of a close friend or loved one who can take care of you during this time. If you have young children, you might consider seeing if they can stay at a relative's house for a few days. Remember to take only the medications prescribed and to keep your incisions dry. See more specific instructions for your first week of recovery.
Weeks 2-12 of Breast Augmentation Recovery
At your first follow-up visit, Dr. David Broadway will evaluate your healing progress and give you an assessment of what activities you can now begin to enjoy. Everyone's healing rate is different, and it is important not to resume full activity until cleared to do so. Beginning any activity prematurely can increase your risk of postsurgical complications and potentially impact the quality and longevity of your results.
Activities you should wait on until cleared include:
- Taking over-the-counter medications and supplements
- Getting in baths, hot tubs, and swimming pools
- Exercise, especially running, aerobics, and other activities that can put stress on your breasts
- Heavy lifting
During this recovery period, bruising and swelling of the breasts should gradually resolve. For most women, changes in nipple sensitivity, such as numbness or hypersensitivity, should resolve during this period.
Full Recovery and Final Results
Although most women are completely healed and able to return to all activities by twelve weeks after surgery, for some women final results may not be visible until later. Breast implants are initially placed high so that they can settle into place in the breasts, giving a more natural appearance. Depending on the size and structure of your breasts, this may take up to six months. The appearance of your scars will continue to improve. Breast augmentation scars may take as much as a year to reach their final appearance.If you are considering breast augmentation, you can have all your questions answered during a personal consultation with Denver board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Broadway. Please call or email us today to schedule yours.