Breast augmentation surgery is a safe and extremely popular method of enhancing your appearance, but it’s important to perform research and understand the operation fully before you commit to surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon will answer any question you have about the surgery, and it’s important to ask questions about your recovery.
Your breast augmentation experience isn’t yet complete when you wake up from anesthesia in the recovery room. There are several guidelines and tips that will ensure your recovery from breast augmentation is as healthy and surprise-free as possible.
Here are some post breast augmentation questions you may find yourself asking. You may also think of other questions as you read this list that you may want to ask your plastic surgeon about. These questions are applicable for all women, as well as anyone undergoing transition and seeking a transgender breast augmentation.
Remember: The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask!
What Can I Expect After Breast Augmentation Surgery?
There are some interesting factors that may influence how long or short your recovery takes after you undergo breast augmentation surgery. For example, the density and amount of your natural breast tissue may require the surgeon to place your implants under or above the muscle, and the position can influence post-operative pain and the length of your recovery.
In most cases, you’ll recover more quickly if the implants are placed on top of the muscle, and your pain may only last a few days after the surgery. If your surgeon decides that placing the implants under the muscle is necessary, you may experience a week of post op breast augmentation pain.
What Will the Pain and Swelling Be Like After Surgery?
All patients can expect some pain and swelling post-surgery, but the amount of swelling and the length of time pain persists is dependent on a variety of factors. For example, if you have a breast implant removed and another one inserted to replace the old implant, your level of pain will differ from someone undergoing breast augmentation for the first time.
The breast augmentation size you decide on shouldn’t impact the level of pain during your recovery provided you choose a size that your body can handle. For example, if you recently lost a lot of weight and the skin around your breasts isn’t taut, your surgeon may suggest a larger size to ensure the best outcome. Your doctor may also recommend a particular size if he or she feels it would look best on you aesthetically and provide you with the best results.
Did You Know? Some women experience enough swelling to appear as though they’ve gone up an additional size than was intended by the surgery. However, most swelling will subside somewhere between a week and a month after surgery. Don’t worry if the bra you bought before your surgery doesn’t fit immediately. Allow some healing and swelling reduction to occur before you exchange that brassiere.
Keep an eye out for Breast Augmentation Recovery Part 2 for more information about the recovery process.