What is the recovery like for a second breast augmentation? I am going from 270cc saline and switching to 390cc saline. How long before I can work out and do push-ups again? How much quicker is recovery the second time around?
Second Breast Augmentation Recovery Period
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Second breast augmentation recovery period
After an implant exchange, such as that you are describing, is usually even easier than a primary, or initial, augmentation procedure. Since the pocket is already created and there is typically less pocket work done, the pain is usually less. I would still follow your surgeon's instructions, but a restriction with use of your chest as well as a postoperative garment is often recommended for several weeks. Best wishes for an excellent result!
Second breast augmentation.
Thanks for sharing. During the second breast operation - called a breast implant exchange - the average breast patient typically experiences less pain. Thanks and good luck, Dr. Aldo.
Recovery from revision breast implants usually easier.
Recovery from revision breast implants is usually easier except when the breast implant pockets are originally over the muscle, and new pockets are made under the muscle.
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The pain post-op will probably much less than the first operation and you probably will feel better sooner. However, I still would avoid exertional activity for few weeks.
It depends on if the pocket needs revision
In order to increase the size of your implants, the pocket most likely will need to be enlarged to accomodate the new implant. I would personally allow you to exercise getting your heart rate up and blood pressure up after 2 weeks. I would restrict you from heavy pec exercises such as push ups for 8 weeks at which time the new pocket will be fully lined.
Depends on the details...
Provided that the procedure will involve only minor modifications of the implant pocket and exchange for larger ones (but the pocket location will stay the same), recovery should be much easier than after your initial operation.
If, however, in addition to placing larger implants, the pocket location will be changed or if you need other significant alterations, you should expect more discomfort and recovery.
The time period of activity restriction (from things like push-ups) will greatly depend on these details as well, so I would talk it over with your surgeon to be sure.
Still plan to take one week off.
When implant exchange is performed without pocket revision, recoveries are well tolerated and associated with minimal discomfort. The pain associated with breast augmentation is related to elevation of the muscles during submuscular breast pocket formation. In addition, spasm of these muscles can contribute to post-operative discomfort as well. When the muscles are already elevated, patients experience minimal pain and discomfort.
Under these circumstances, we generally recommend that patients take a week off work. Patients who have desk jobs may return sooner. Light exercise can usually be undertaken at about two weeks and strenuous physical activity can be resumed at 6 to 8 weeks. At that time, patients may return to full activity without restrictions. When all of these factors are considered, most patients feel that the recovery was less difficult than expected.
Second breast augmentation hurts less
Secondary breast implant surgery tends to hurt less than the first time around unless you are going from "overs" to "unders." But what you will be able to do and when depends upon how much surgery you have planned...if the pocket needs significant work it might be a few weeks. Ask your surgeon.
Recovery from second breast implant augmentations surgery. Exercises to avoid (VIDEO)
The recovery depends on the procedure. For example recovery will be different if going from over to under. However, in general, recovery is usually a fraction of the first procedure which most patients liken to your breasts becoming engorged with lactation. We generally discourage patients from doing pectoralis strengthening exericses (see video below)
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