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Breast Augmentation Recovery Guide

Posted August 05, 2014 in Breast Augmentation, Recovery, by Dr. Fiorillo

Recovering from breast augmentation can take some time, but with the appropriate preparation, it can be a much smoother process. The recovery guide below will explain what you can expect as you recover and how to ensure a comfortable recuperation without rushing your healing process.

Why Do Women Undergo Breast Augmentation Surgery?

There are many different reasons that a person would decide to undergo breast augmentation surgery. Every situation and individual is unique with various health histories, family backgrounds, experiences with motherhood, body shapes, hereditary traits, and other contributing factors. These all play important roles in the decision-making process.

You may have breast asymmetry (size and shape), be unhappy with your genetic traits, or have changes in your chest due to aging, weight fluctuations, or pregnancy.

One thing that is common among everyone looking into breast augmentation surgery is dissatisfaction with their current bust and a desire to improve the existing breast shape and size.

Now, with continuing advances in the medical and technological fields, women have many options to choose from for their breast augmentation.

What Can I Expect After Surgery?

Your breasts will be wrapped in a compression garment or a supportive bra to promote healing, reduce swelling, and support your new contour. You may feel tired and sore directly after your procedure, which usually dissipates within a couple of days.

Many patients can resume their daily activities within one week. Sutures are removed after 10 days, and remaining symptoms should diminish a few weeks after surgery. Scarring can take a few months to a few years to fade.

7 Tips for Improved Healing

Below are 7 tips for a more comfortable breast augmentation recovery:

  • Carefully follow your post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon
  • Get plenty of rest and relax while you recuperate
  • Drink water to stay hydrated
  • Use your compression garments
  • Avoid strenuous or heavy lifting
  • Have plenty of pillows and entertainment available near you so you don’t get bored
  • Prescription medications can be taken as needed, and having your medicine filled prior to surgery can help save time and ease discomfort quicker.

Remain Patient With Your Recovery

It is important to remember that everyone experiences a slightly different recovery. Listen to your body and ensure that you relax during your healing process to provide a comfortable recuperation.

You can view Dr. Fiorillo’s other breast augmentation patients in our online photo gallery.

How Do I Find My Perfect Bra?

Many women who have had breast augmentation surgery find themselves inspired to get out and purchase new lingerie that increases their confidence and helps them make the most of their new assets. But, lingerie shopping post-surgery means that women need to learn how to get the perfect bra fit for their new breasts.

Here are some guidelines that women can follow when bra shopping!

  1. Make sure that the band is spread evenly across your back–if the back of the bra isn’t straight across, it won’t offer adequate support.
  2. Check that the front band of the bra sits against your ribcage–if you buy a bra that is essentially floating over your breasts rather than resting below, then you have chosen the wrong size bra. The underwire and the base of the cups should be against your ribcage, not the breast tissue, to provide support.
  3. Choose a bra that gives your breasts a nice shape–cups that are too small for your breasts can create lumps due to inadequate coverage.
  4. Purchase a bra that fits on the loosest clasp–your bra can stretch over time, so when you buy one that fits well on the loosest clasp, you can tighten as needed.
  5. Remember, you may have new support requirements–following your breast augmentation, you may require different levels of support than you did previously. This means that cuts and styles you shopped for before may no longer work. A professional bra fitting can make sure you get what you need!

To learn more about breast augmentation and the healing process, please schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Fiorillo by calling (845) 842-1258 or filling out our contact form.

Stock images of models are used throughout this website and should not be interpreted as actual patients of our practice. Individual results may vary.