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Breast Augmentation Recovery – What to Expect

Patients often ask what they will look like early post-operatively following breast augmentation. I typically tell patients that breast augmentation results take approximately 6 to 12 months to truly be appreciated. However, each patient has a different time period which the breast implants settle into position.

Usually patients who have a longer distance or more “stretchy” skin between the areola and the inframammary fold or “breast crease” tend to settle more quickly. The patient in the above photograph is two weeks post breast augmentation. The implants have already begun to take on a natural shape and position.

What to expect during the first week post procedure:

Some patients experience tightness as your body adjusts to the implants.  Sense of feeling in your breasts and nipples can also be affected for a short time.
Your Doctor may recommend wearing a postoperative bra for additional support. Dr. Dickinson’s patience are usually back on their feet in just a few days.

What to expect in the coming weeks:

Dr. Dickinson recommends avoiding strenuous activity while you are recovering.
Swelling and sensitivity will vary from patient to patient but is normal.
Ask your Doctor if massage will help reduce swelling and discomfort during the healing process.