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What to Expect During Breast Augmentation Recovery


Breast augmentation can give you the full bust you have always wanted. To ensure the best-looking results, Dr. David Passaretti will provide you with detailed instructions on how to achieve a comfortable and successful breast augmentation recovery. Dr. Passaretti, along with the team at our Darien, CT, practice, are also happy to answer any questions you may have, and we will be with you every step of the way. To learn more about what to expect during recovery from breast augmentation, contact our practice today.

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Immediately After Surgery

After undergoing a breast augmentation, Dr. Passaretti will examine the surgical site before helping you put on your compression garment. This garment is specially designed to minimize side effects of surgery, lower the risk of complications, and decrease recovery time. When you can comfortably walk, a friend or family member will need to drive you home. For the first 48 hours following surgery, you should get plenty of rest and avoid any activities or exercises that can put strain on your pectoral muscles or disturb the surgical site. Your breasts may feel sore, sensitive, or swollen during these first few days. To help manage any discomfort, Dr. Passaretti can prescribe painkillers, and you can apply ice packs to your breasts for 15-minute intervals to reduce any swelling. 

Your Remaining Recovery Timeline

It can take several months to completely recover from breast augmentation surgery and enjoy the full benefits of your procedure. While every patient is different, recovery typically spans a six-month timeline: 

  • The first week: You will continue to wear your compression garment, and inflammation and bruising should be significantly reduced. You will undergo a follow-up appointment at our office so Dr. Passaretti can evaluate your breasts and remove any sutures or drains as necessary. Many patients are able to return to work, school, or gentle activity by the end of the first week.
  • Weeks two to three: You should experience only minor soreness and swelling at this point. You can begin gentle activities such as light walking to improve circulation. However, strenuous activities should still be avoided. Additionally, Dr. Passaretti may instruct you to stop wearing your compression garment. 
  • Weeks four to six: Your breasts should have stopped swelling entirely and the results of your procedure should become more apparent. Patients should seek Dr. Passaretti’s approval before resuming any physically demanding activities.
  • Three to four months after your procedure: Your breast implants should have settled, providing a more natural-looking result. The appearance of your scars from the incisions should also begin to diminish.
  • Six months to one year after your procedure: By this time, you should be completely healed, and you can enjoy the full results of your breast augmentation. Dr. Passaretti may continue to see you for follow-up visits, and you should undergo regular physical exams and mammograms to monitor the health of your breasts and pectoral muscles.

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the healing process, we will be happy to help.

Learn More About Breast Augmentation Recovery

Following Dr. Passaretti's instructions as closely as possible during recovery can ensure optimal results after undergoing breast augmentation. To learn more about what to expect during recovery from breast augmentation, schedule a personal consultation today.

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