Is There a Quick Way to Recover from Breast Augmentation?

I don't want any setbacks after my breast surgery, what should I do?

Doctor Answers (14)

Speeding Up Breast Augmentation Recovery

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The quickest way to recover from breast augmentation is by following your surgeon's pre and post surgical care instructions closely. Here are some other things that can help speed up recovery:
1. Refined surgical techniques: your surgeon should reduce unnecessary trauma and bleeding by avoiding blunt dissection and performing any incisions "blind".
2. Avoid or at least minimize the use of strong pain medications. Using less strong pain medication often leads to less postoperative nausea and vomiting.
3. Minimizing time spent under anesthesia, decreasing recovery issues (nausea and/or vomiting) associated with their use.
4. For the first three days following surgery you should try to restrict your arm movements.  Move your arms slowly and avoid sudden jerky movements of the chest and breast area.
5. Do not spend all your time in bed during your breast augmentation recovery. This will minimize the risk of deep clots in your leg veins.
6. Do not return to vigorous physical activities until your surgeon gives you the green light. 
If you follow the instructions provided to you by your surgeon, you should be able to recover more smoothly from your surgery. Good luck!


Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Easy recuperation following surgery

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The best things you can do are to be in good health and well rested going into your surgery and to follow your board certified doctors instruction's both before and after surgery. This may involve stopping some kinds of medications or dietary supplements so make sure your doctor knows what you are taking. Good luck with your surgery.

Margaret Skiles, MD
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
3.5 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Breast Augmentation

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The quickest recovery is no surgery.  How you heal is out of our hands and in the hands of mother nature and you.  Some recover faster than others and there is not always a clear path of understanding of this. Smaller implants traditionally heal a little faster as there is less surgical area and less muscle tension, but the difference is minor.  Have the surgery when you have the time to recover and then you can get the size you want.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Fast Breast Augmentation Recovery

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The best way to recover quickly after Breast Augmentation is to choose a surgeon who adheres to the principles of careful preplanning and meticulous dissection of the pocket. With this, you should be back to normal activities within 6 to 48 hours, depending on the placement of the implant.
 

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Aug Recovery

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There is no such thing as a easy recovery from a surgery. Everyone recovers differently. Techniques can effect how you recover . Over the muscle (if you are a candidate) usually has allot less discomfort then under the muscle placement. Keeping dissection of the pocket to a minimum I believe helps post op pain. Patients mind set to get up and get moving helps the recovery process. Giving your self appropriate recovery time to avoid complications will also expedite your recovery.  Good Luck.

Paul Albear, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Fast recovery after breast augmenatation

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Recovery from any procedure is variable and depends on tecnhnique, type of surgery and patient's own healing. In breast augmenattion the bigger the size the more likely that there will be temporary presure pain. This can be further increased if the implants are placed beneath the muscle. An important element, though, is a thorough preop discussion of the operation and postop course with your surgeon. This will help eliminate some anxiety. We instruct our patients to wear a surgical bra for 2 weeks after which we ask them to remove the bra and begin a series of breast  massages for the next several months. We also ask them not to do any exrecises which stresses the pectoral muscles for the first 6 weeks.

George Lefkovits, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Quick recovery possible but no guarantees

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Unfortunately, no one can guarantee a quick recovery without complications.  Stay clear of anyone who does.  

However, there are certain techniques that make having a fast smooth recovery more likely than not.  These techniques are based on using an atraumatic bloodless approach to making the implant pocket and placing appropriately sized implants to reduce postoperative discomfort.   Patients usually need less narcotics and return to normal activities much sooner than with other methods.  This technique was developed by a Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr John Tebbetts and has been successfully implemented by several surgeons around the country.

Adam Hamawy, MD
Princeton Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Rapid recovery after breast implants

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A smooth recovery after breast augmentation depends on good preparation, and a positive attitude. Those who are up and moving after their procedure will feel better and recover faster. Do expect muscular soreness for several days after. We ask our patients to wear a snug bra and band wrap to keep the implants still for two weeks to reduce swelling and soreness. Be sure to discuss your surgeons routine beforehand.

Best of luck,

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Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery after breast augmentation

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There is no way to have a fast recovery from any surgical procedure, including a breast augmentation. If your implants are being placed under your chest (pectoral) muscle you can expect to be in pain for a few days with a limited range of motion of your arms.  You can follow your surgeon's instructions and do some range of motion exercises early on to gradually get back to your usual activities. Each patient responds differently to the experience of surgery so you can not predict how you will recover; nor can your surgeon.

The easisest recovery is to have implants placed over the muscle (subglandular), however this has several disadvantages ( higher capsular contracture rate, more difficulty in reading mammograms, etc.)

Best wishes,

Dr.Bruno

William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 141 reviews

Quick recovery post breast augmentation

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As in life shortcuts can always lead to trouble.  Unfortunately the answer is no.  Listen to your surgeon and follow the instructions given as they know how to best manage your post op recovery.  The more complaint with the given instructions the quicker and better you will heal.

Ernesto Hayn, MD
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon

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