Published March 3, 2014

What Women Need to Know about the Breast Implant Recovery Process

Indeed a breast implant operation is great way for women to enhance their figure and improve their physical appearance. Following the procedure, most women often can’t wait to strut their stuff as they go back to their normal routines or perhaps get down to the business of sculpting the rest of their body to match their newly sculpted breasts. However post-operative care is important and one that patients must follow to the letter for safe and highly effective results. Patience is the key.

Post Operative Information and Recommendations for Breast Augmentation

Following a breast implant procedure, women can expect bruising and some degree of swelling which is perfectly normal. Dr Tavakoli uses drains to reduce the bruising and swelling for 24 hours. Swelling normally subsides within 2 to 3 weeks. Some difference in swelling might occur between the two sides which is no cause for concern but patients are advised to contact Dr Tavakoli right away if the difference is too severe.

Some women may also experience an overly raised breast position following the procedure which is also fairly normal and nothing to be worried about. In two months, the breast implants will eventually lower and settle into a more natural position thanks to gravity. One side may settle quicker than the other which is again completely normal.

Resuming Exercises during the Breast Lift recovery process

As mentioned earlier, a lot of women are often overly eager to resume their exercise routines shortly after their breast lift operation which is certainly not a bad thing. Exercise can further aid self-improvement and with proper care, can help yield even better results. One just has to be patient about it.

The primary concern when it comes to exercising after a breast implant surgery is the possibility of overusing the pectoral muscles especially if the implant is installed underneath the said muscle which will require time to heal. Thus patients should avoid any activity that involves raising of the arms above the head level for at least 10 days following the operation.

For the mean time, women can do arm and neck stretches which they can do immediately after the operation. Walking can resume within a week but no jogging until 3 weeks following the operation. In 4 to 6 weeks, women can begin doing Pilates exercises and return to the gym although patients should avoid upper body weight exercises for 6 to 9 weeks after the operation. No full contact sports like boxing and martial arts until 3 months after the breast implant operation. Dr Tavakoli recommends that candidates for a breast lift operation arrange a recovery time of at least 6 weeks for best results. Promptly discuss any concerns you might have before and after the procedure.

Exercise is essential to a woman’s well-being and recovery but only with full respect to safe recuperation. Women who’ve just undergone a breast lift operation need to take their time before jumping back into their regular workout routine. The more intuitive a woman is with her body by giving it time to heal, the better the results. After all, undergoing a breast lift operation represents a considerable investment and women shouldn’t risk that by failing to follow through the proper recovery process.

If you would like to know more about the breast implant recovery process please feel free to contact us on 1300 368 107.

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an internationally renowned Australian trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society (ISAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is considered a world leader in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the word on these topics.