Is There a Quick Way to Recover from Breast Augmentation?

What are the potential set backs and are there ways to avoid them?

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Breast augmentation : fast healing

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  • 1.pain is variable
  • takes 2-3 months for implants to settle and muscles to relax
  • 3.celebrex, motrin, and muscle relaxers can help
  • 4.massage and stretching may help
  • 5.everyone heals differently
  • 6.4-7 days off from work is common
  • my patients start activity the day of surgery

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

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 (retired)
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon

Fast Recovery after Breast Augmentation

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There are ways to increase your comfort level and recovery after breast augmentation.  No one can make any guarantees, but these steps should help you

Before surgery

-  ensure you're in good health

-  educate yourself as much as possible.  The more you know ahead of time about breast augmentation, the less anxiety you should feel about your procedure

-  don't take things that will slow down healing.  As an example, any blood thinners like aspirin will make the surgery more difficult for me in the operating room and may result in more bruising and swelling after surgery


After surgery

-  follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon

-  reduce swelling and pain with elevation of your chest, ice, etc.

-  consider taking homeopathic meds, like arnica, echinacea, etc.

-  consider using a pain pump, which your plastic surgeon needs to put in during your procedure.  This is an awesome device that pumps slow drip numbing medicine around the area of surgery, reducing your pain

-  take as few narcotic pain pills as possible, to reduce nausea and constipation

-  hydrate well after surgery

-  eat a little extra protein after surgery

-  consider taking multivitamins after surgery.


It is possible to optimize things in your life, mind, and body, to get a faster recovery.  Best of luck to you!


Roy Kim, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon

Breast Augmentation Recovery

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It's not unusual for women to want to resume their normal lives as quickly as possible following breast augmentation surgery. These patients are interested in doing whatever is necessary to accelerate their recovery. For this reason, pre-operative preparation is extremely important. This type of preparation will not only accelerate recovery, but improve the quality of the result and overall experience. It's, therefore, important to prepare physically, medically and mentally for breast augmentation surgery.

Once surgery has been performed, recovery is facilitated by meticulously following your surgeon's post-operative instructions. 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 six weeks. At that time, I tell patients that they can return to full activity without restrictions.

When all these factors are considered, most patients feel that the recovery was less difficult and faster then expected.

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. .
3. Minimizing time spent under anesthesia, decreasing recovery issues (nausea and/or vomiting) associated with their use.
4. Restrict arm movements for the first three days.
5. Walk leisurely around to prevent blood clot formation.
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!

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

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

Recovery after breast augmentation

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Thank you for your question.  Recovery after breast augmentation doesn't have to be difficult.  Selecting an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, who uses proper technique, is the first step.  The surgeon's liberal use of a long-acting local anesthetic in the OR will help make the first few days after surgery relatively pain-free.  Wearing a supportive bra post-op and taking it easy on activities that involve heavy use of the arms, chest, or shoulders is also imperative.  While complete subsiding of post-op swelling and final settling of the tissues surrounding the implants can take several weeks, most of my patients are back at work within a few days after surgery.

Supplements for Surgery

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Omega 3 fats (e.g. fish oil, EFA, flax seed oil, Krill oil), NSAID's (aspirin, ibuprofen, naprosyn), Vitamin E, "blood thinners" and a whole host of supplements and medicines can cause excessive bleeding and bruising and therefore increase your recovery time. When in doubt stay away from supplements unless they are designed for surgery. I offer to my patients specific supplements that speed healing, reduce swelling, bruising and in some cases minimize discomfort (for example Bromelain, Arnica Montanum, and Vitamins designed for surgery.

Bottom Line: Certain vitamins and minerals can speed healing others can cause problems and slow the process down or cause complications. If healing is going well I usually let my patients go back to their usual regimen of supplements

Check with your doctor as only your doctor would have access to your medical history and what would be best for you. We typically allow our patients to continue their supplements 10 days post op if their recovery is going well.

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
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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