What is the Recovery Time Following Implants?

One of the most common questions patients ask is how long it will take them to recover after their operation.

How Far We’ve Come:

Previously, especially with techniques where the implant was placed under the muscle, recovery times were quite prolonged. Today, particularly with the rapid recovery technique that I use, most patients are up and about the next day, with about half being able to drive a car.

This method was invented by a Texan plastic surgeon who calls it the “Out to dinner breast augmentation”, which is probably a little optimistic, but it is possible, and some of my patients do go out for dinner that evening.

After Your Surgery:

Immediately after your surgery, you can expect some swelling, pain, and bruising in the area. This is a normal reaction and you will gradually improve over the next few days and weeks.

Post-Surgery Recovery Tips:

There are a number of things you can do yourself after the surgery to make sure you recover as quickly as possible. Consider creating a recovery plan before you go in for surgery so that you are well prepared to rest and can avoid any activities that may make recovery more difficult. Some ways to reduce swelling and help you recover more quickly are:

• Drinking plenty of water
• Monitoring your temperatures as directed
• Eating the right food
• Sleeping on your back with your head and shoulders elevated
• Avoiding certain medications (your surgeon will advise you on this)
• Take prescribed antibiotics
• Avoid showering unless your surgeon says you can
• Wear the provided compression garments
• Gently massage the area
• Don’t overdo things and get plenty of rest
• Avoid physical activities

If you follow these suggestions, you will give yourself the best chance at recovering quickly so that you can see the results of your procedure and go back to your everyday activities.

Returning to Work:

Most women in non-physical jobs can return to work in about 4-7 days after the operation. However, you need to avoid any strenuous activities over the next six weeks, and may need to take more time off work if your job is physically demanding.