Since breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis, you will be able to return home the day of your surgery. However, it is still a surgical procedure. Swelling and soreness will likely be experienced, at least during the initial recovery period. To ensure that you achieve the best possible results from your breast enhancement surgery, it is important to follow all of Dr. Davidson's instructions.
A number of items will be used during the recovery period to help ensure optimum results from your surgery. These include:
You will receive post-operative observation immediately following the surgery to make sure you have experienced no complications or adverse effects from the general anesthesia. You should make arrangements to have someone drive you home following your procedure. Bandages, compression garments, or a surgical bra will have to be worn to reduce the swelling and support the shape of your new breasts. Discomfort and swelling can be managed using pain medication and ice packs.
During the first few days after surgery, you will need to get plenty of rest to facilitate the body's natural healing process. You will be able to move around the house as long as doing so does not cause too much discomfort. Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within five to seven days. However, it is important to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting until advised otherwise by Dr. Davidson.
Physical activity is usually alright to resume after a few weeks. Power walking, using the treadmill, and other lower body exercises will not normally affect your recovery at this point. Still, it is important to avoid any activity that could cause strain or contact with the breasts, such as push-ups or contact sports. The area will be tender and any contact could negatively affect the outcome of your procedure. Bruising and swelling should completely subside after six to eight weeks. At this point, the results of your breast augmentation will almost be complete.
The results of your breast enhancement will be immediately apparent following surgery. However, their final appearance will change during your recovery. As the swelling and bruising subsides, you will get a better idea about how they will eventually look. It may take up to three months for the implants to completely settle, at which point your new look will be fully realized. Red lines from the incisions may still be present, although they will fade over time. It usually takes about a year before they are no longer noticeable at all, but this can vary depending on skin tone.
Dr. Davidson will come up with a recovery plan specifically suited to your needs. Following his recommendations should speed your recovery and help you get the most out of your breast enhancement procedure. Like most surgeries, breast augmentation is highly individualized and recovery times will vary from patient to patient. By sticking to your recovery plan, you can achieve the best possible results from your breast augmentation.