Breast augmentation is performed under a general anaesthetic in a day hospital. You can leave the hospital after a couple of hours in recovery and after a period of postoperative observation.
Usually, pain is manageable and can be controlled with pain relief tablets for a few days. Drains are not routinely used, and dressings are minimal so that a shower can be taken the day after surgery.
After about five to seven days, most patients can return to work provided that they do not need to raise their arms or need to do any heavy lifting as this can be uncomfortable, particularly if the implant is under the muscle.
All sutures are dissolving, so there is no need to remove them, but we do like to see patients at the one week stage to check on their recovery. A nurse will review the wounds and provide you with a scar-reducing silicone gel to use.
There is usually some swelling in the first few weeks as the tissues heal. This settles gradually and is usually minimal by about a month after the operation. The size of the breasts at the one-month stage is what they will be long term. By the two-to-three month stage, they will soften and continue to improve for about a year.
A soft bra (without underwire) is optional for the first four weeks, and no activities undertaken that bounce the breasts (such as aerobics or jogging). After this time, patients are free to resume normal activities gradually. Pools and spas should be avoided in the first month to reduce the risk of wound infection.
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