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How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Breast Augmentation?

How long will it take you to recover from after having a breast augmentation?

How long will it take you to recover from after having a breast augmentation?

Breast Augmentation was the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed in the United States last year according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

By far the most common question I am asked during a Breast Augmentation consultation is, “How long will it take to recover?”.  This is a very understandable concern, as many cannot afford an extended amount of downtime before returning to work.

Prior to your surgery, during your pre-op appointment, we will go over post-operative care, expected recovery time, and your pain medication following surgery.  This helps reduce some the anxiety many patients experience when going into surgery.

A Breast Augmentation take from 1-2 hours in the operating room, during which the patient is under general anesthesia.  After surgery, it is required that you have a caretaker with you for the next 24 hours.  If you do not have a caretaker available, we can arrange for a private nurse to accompany you home and stay with you during this time.

I typically prescribe a narcotic pain medication for four to five days following surgery, although many patients find that they do not need the entire prescription.  Depending on your profession and your pain tolerance, some people are able to return to work 3-4 days following surgery, while others require 10-14 days.  Much of it depends on the physical activity level of your job.  If you work at a desk, chances are you will be able to return to work much sooner than someone who is one their feet all day.  It is very important to avoid heavy lifting for the first two weeks following surgery so that your sutures may properly heal.

If you have any further questions, please contact my office to set up a consultation for Breast Augmentation at (800) 559-3056.

View our Before and After Gallery for Breast Augmentation here.