When it comes to breast augmentation, some women are uneasy about surgery because they don’t know what to expect during recovery. That’s why plastic surgeons are frequently asked–How long is recovery for a breast augmentation
Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular procedures in the US because it is readily available, and very affordable. As techniques continue to improve, the procedure has become safer, and requires less recovery time.
How long is recovery for a breast augmentation?
Full recovery from breast augmentation can take anywhere from 6-8 weeks, but most patients can resume light activities within one week. The breasts will be swollen and sore immediately after surgery, and the implants can take up to 8 weeks to settle in their final position. Strenuous exercise and lifting should be avoided during this time.
In addition, patients should be aware that there are a lot of variables that can influence recovery including the placement of the implants. Breast implants can be placed either above (sub-glandular) or below (sub-muscular) the pectoralis major muscle. Healing from sub-muscular placement typically takes longer.
How soon you are ready to go back to work will depend on factors such as the type of work you do. If you have a desk job you should be able to return to work within a week, but patients with a job that requires physical work, will need additional time (read more related articles).
In order to get the best results, patients should be sure to follow the post-surgical instructions of their surgeon.
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