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Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular and most commonly performed esthetic surgeries. The purpose of the procedure is to make the breasts larger by inserting implants or various substances into the breast tissue, through incision. The incision is then sutured or stitched back. The procedure is done under total anesthesia. Even though this is a relatively common, breast augmentation is an actual surgical procedure, with all the risks, complications and side effects, just like any other surgery. It goes without saying that it involves a certain recovery period during which it is necessary to follow the doctor’s instructions and to refrain from certain activities.

After breast augmentation surgery

When the procedure is done and when the patient wakes up from the anesthesia, the area will be quite sore, which is normal and, in fact, unavoidable. During the first several weeks the breasts will be sore or tender, swollen, red and bruised. As the tissue heals and goes back to normal and as the skin starts to regenerate, the swelling and bruising will gradually disappear. The incision site is usually chosen to minimize scarring but it is impossible to avoid scars altogether. At first they will be red and than they will gradually fade and turn to the skin’s natural color.

Swelling is one of the most common side effects that occur during recovery after breast augmentation. It will eventually subside, revealing the effects of the surgery. Keeping hydrated, eating a well-balanced diet, taking plenty of rest and gently massaging the area to promote circulation and prevent water retention are just some of the ways to reduce swelling.

Compression garments

For a few weeks after the surgery, the patient will be required to always wear protective dressings. In addition to that, compression garments or a surgical bra should also be used. Their purpose is to support the tissue in its new position and to allow the tissues and the skin to adapt to the new weight of the breasts. Compression garments also help with swelling and soreness of the breasts after the surgery.

Recovery and healing time

A person who plans to undergo breast augmentation procedure should make sure to take at least two weeks off from work. During the recovery period it is very important to rest as much as possible and to avoid physical strain. Movements that include reaching over the head or bending over should be restricted.

Normal everyday activity, such as light choirs, work and such, can start ten to 15 days after the surgery but vigorous and intense physical activity is not recommended until six weeks after the surgery.

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