Each patients’ recovery time following a breast augmentation or implant procedure will be different depending on several factors such as the exact procedure used and the skill of your attending physician. As a surgical procedure, breast augmentation will require adequate rest and time to properly heal and it is essential to follow the instructions of your doctor to prevent complications during the healing process.
It is common to experience dizziness following the procedure as it will be carried out under general anesthesia. You will be given medication by your doctor and instructed to get plenty of rest for the first few days so as to avoid putting undue stress on the body while it heals. You may experience some pain in the breasts but this can be managed with pain medication. A loss of sensitivity in the area is also common following procedures of this type and should return to normal within a few days of your surgery.
While healing, it is important not to disturb the incisions and to keep them dry: Dr. Kesarwani, encourages patient's to return to normal activities quickly, and patients can shower after he removes the initial dressing usually within 48 hours. There is a very small chance of infection with every surgical procedure so be sure to use the antibiotics provided to you by your doctor. Dr. Kesrwani does not usually use drains after breast augmentation surgery. If you experience sudden pain or swelling, consult your doctor immediately.
Four Ways to Reduce Swelling
- Cold packs or ice: If the area feels tender or swollen, ice packs can be used to lessen the swelling and numb the pain. Because ice helps to contract the blood vessels, it can provide some level of relief during the healing process.
- Sitting/sleeping upright: In order to prevent fluid buildup that can lead to bruising, swelling, and pain make an effort to remain sitting upright for as much of the recovery phase as possible. You will need to sleep sitting upright or lying on your back so as to avoid putting any pressure on your breasts while healing.
- Diuretics: Excess fluid retention in the body can also be greatly affected by the use of diuretics such as herbal and chamomile tea, water, and cranberry juice.
- Limiting sodium intake: A low salt diet for the first few days following your procedure will help reduce fluid accumulation, easing pain and helping you feel more comfortable.
Recovery is generally very quick after breast augmentation surgery and patients are back doing most of their usual activities within a few days of surgery.