What to Expect One Week after Breast Augmentation
The healing process from breast augmentation surgery can take weeks until full recovery. At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, we focus on educating our patients about each step of their procedure and recovery. We want to ensure that our patients’ expectations and goals are met and that their healing process is smooth.
Breast augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure where patients return to the comfort of their home to heal. During the first week of recovery, pain and swelling is expected. Some bruising is common. However, after a week of healing from the breast augmentation procedure, patients may still feel some soreness and discomfort. It is normal for the swelling and soreness to last for several weeks. However, if the gradually fading soreness becomes a burning sensation, medical care may be needed. (A.D.A.M., American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Mayo Clinic, U.S. National Library of Medicine)
After almost a week of healing time, the new contours from the breast augmentation will be visible, as well as the scars at the incision sites. The scars will gradually fade, but this process could take time and some scars may never completely disappear. Care should continue to be taken when patients cleanse the incision areas. If incisions begin to appear redder instead of fading, patients should seek medical care as an infection may have developed. (A.D.A.M., Mayo Clinic, U.S. National Library of Medicine)
Patients should continue to wear a support bra for a few weeks after their breast augmentation surgery for extra support. After direction from the doctor, patients will need to begin massaging their breasts to prevent the hardening of the capsules around the implants. The implants will take time to settle into their final position. Gradually, lifting objects and light activity may begin after clearance from the doctor. Typically, patients may return to work after the first week of recovery, so long as lifting and strenuous activity is avoided. (American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Mayo Clinic, U.S. National Library of Medicine)
Our Pittsburgh plastic surgeon Dr. Brian V. Heil consults with every patient to discuss the benefits and risks of a breast augmentation procedure. Dr. Heil seeks to ensure our patients undergo their breast augmentation surgery fully informed and educated about the process. Should you desire to discuss the aspects of a breast augmentation procedure with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian V. Heil to determine if breast augmentation is right for you, contact us at 724-264-3608 or send us an email.