Breast Augmentation Recovery: Tips And What To Expect

Breast augmentation, also known as a breast lift, is a step many people take to alter or enhance the size, shape, symmetry, and look of their breasts by having implants inserted. 

There are many reasons why people choose to undertake breast augmentation surgery. Some factors that can be involved in the decision may include decreased breast volume after weight loss or pregnancy, low body confidence, and cancer treatment. There are different types of implants and methods that can be utilised to help you achieve the appearance you are after. We will discuss these elements and options with you and determine which approach will suit your requirements and goals.

Breast augmentation is a significant surgery and emphasis needs to be placed on the recovery process just as much as the procedure itself for the best outcomes possible. We will provide clear and thorough advice regarding your recovery, and it is important you follow this guidance, ask questions when you need to, and report any concerns you have.

The recovery process after any surgery is a crucial time in terms of positive outcomes. Read on to learn more about what is involved in breast augmentation recovery and how Dean White in Melbourne can support you.

For those residing in the Melbourne area, consulting a renowned plastic surgeon in Melbourne CBD like A/Prof Dean White will offer tailored recommendations based on individual needs. 

Preparation Assists Recovery

Having good foundations can assist in recovery after any surgery, and this includes breast augmentation. Taking steps to prepare your body, schedule, resources, and arrangements can make a huge difference to your recovery process. 

Factors that are important to consider in terms of your health can include:

      • Making an informed choice regarding your surgeon based on their experience and qualifications. 

      • Providing comprehensive details regarding your medical history.

      • Obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight prior to your breast augmentation procedure to reduce surgical risks.

      • Stopping smoking for at least two weeks prior to your procedure. This can also be important to continue after your surgery.

      • Avoiding certain medications such as blood-thinning drugs as discussed and advised by our team.

      • Eating a healthy and nutritious diet, before and after surgery.

    Factors that can help you to prepare on a practical level can include:

        • Gaining a thorough understanding of what breast augmentation involves and ask us for any details you require.

        • Organising your commitments for after your procedure, such as booking time off work.

        • Setting up the space you will occupy after surgery in a way that will best facilitate a comfortable recovery. 

        • Having a suitable person on call who can help you when required, such as taking you home after your procedure and getting your shopping.

      Recovery Timeline

      The recovery timeline following breast augmentation surgery can vary from person to person and depends on various factors, such as implant size, type and placement, and health status. It generally takes about four to six weeks to achieve a full recovery. We will discuss your recovery with you both before and after surgery, taking on board your individual requirements and factors. We are here to answer any questions you have.

      In the initial days after your operation, you will probably experience fatigue and soreness, swelling, bruising, and/or tightness in the breast area. Applying ice packs, taking pain relief medication, and using recommended compression garments can help minimise and improve these issues. It is important to avoid physical activity and heavy lifting during the initial recovery period.

      Drainage tubes are often placed under the skin to collect fluid, and a dressing will be in situ at the surgical site for support and infection prevention. Sleeping on your back in an elevated position is often recommended. After about a few days, the surgical drain is typically removed, and light movements and walking can be gradually introduced. 

      Between two to six weeks post-surgery, the discomfort generally decreases. Upper-body exercises and high-impact activities should be avoided until recommended by your surgeon, while lower-body workouts may be possible depending on how you are healing. 

      It is important to discuss any concerns or changes with your surgeon and follow the advice and plan that is personalised for your surgery and recovery. 

      Breast Augmentation Surgery With Dean White

      Breast augmentation surgery requires thorough consideration and planning to promote a better experience and recovery. It is important to follow the specific guidance given to you by your surgeon, as the recovery process can be different for different people.

      If you are interested in exploring your options regarding breast augmentation surgery, please contact us to organise an initial consultation. 

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