What To Expect After Breast Augmentation Surgery

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Getting breast augmentation can increase your self-confidence and make you feel more comfortable with your body. But, since breast augmentation is a surgery, there is a post-op recovery period. Knowing what to expect after breast augmentation can help you prepare and may lead to a smoother recovery. If you have a breast augmentation scheduled, continue reading to learn more about what you can expect after surgery. 

Grogginess and Nausea

During breast augmentation surgery, you will be placed under general anesthesia. When the surgery is completed, and the anesthesia begins to wear off, you may feel groggy and nauseous. Breast augmentation surgery is generally done on an outpatient basis, so you will need to make arrangement to have someone pick you up a few hours after the surgery is done.


Immediately after surgery, your breasts may be swollen and larger in size than you expected. Do not be alarmed -- this is completely normal. A few weeks after surgery, you should notice a drastic reduction in breast swelling. Do be aware that it can take a couple of months for your breasts to settle and achieve the look that you wanted.

Pain Management

As you recover from breast augmentation surgery, you will likely experience some discomfort and possibly pain. Your doctor will prescribe you pain medication to use for a few days after surgery to manage pain. Some patients experience nipple pain or numbness in the nipples; if you are concerned that your pain level is higher than it should be, contact your doctor.


When you feel well enough, you can do light exercise, such as walking. You will need to avoid weight lifting or doing exercises or activities that require lifting your arms, as they can cause bleeding or make the breast implants shift out of place. If you exercise regularly, it is best to wait to resume your normal routine until after your post-op checkup with your doctor.


While you are recovering, it is best to wear sports bras that help keep your breasts in place. It is highly recommended to wear sports bras for several weeks while swelling is going down. Avoid wearing bras with underwire or push up style bras for several weeks. You may want to avoid purchasing new bras until swelling has completely subsided and your breasts have settled so you don't end up purchasing bras that may not fit properly.  

For more information, contact your local surgery office.


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