Your Guide To A Successful Recovery After Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation Recovery

Your Guide To A Successful Recovery After Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase your breast size, enhance the breast shape and improve your curves. No doubt, it instills mental satisfaction and confidence in women about their improved physique; still, some women are cautious about the surgery and want more clarity on the duration and process of breast augmentation recovery post-surgery.

This blog is a guide to keep you informed about the recovery timeline, aftercare tips, and who may take longer to recover.

  • Immediate after-effects post-breast augmentation surgery
  • Recovery timeline after breast augmentation surgery:
    • Week 1
    • Week 2
    • Week 3-4
    • Week 5- 6
    • Week 7 onwards
  • Tips to reduce swelling and tightness in the breast after breast augmentation surgery
  • What things to care about?
  • How soon will the scars heal?
  • Who may take longer for recovery?
  • Conclusion:

Immediate after-effects post-breast augmentation surgery

Immediately after the procedure, you may experience discomfort, swelling, and tenderness. You may also feel tightness and sensitivity in the breast, which is normal due to the healing process. The surgeon will prescribe pain medications to reduce pain and discomfort.

The surgeon will attach a drainage cannula to drain fluid formed from the incision’s healing process. Some women may also experience nausea and fatigue, which will subside on it’s own.

The surgeon will wrap your breasts in a supportive compression garment that will support the newly formed breast, aid healing and prevent excess pain.

Recovery timeline after breast augmentation surgery:

Although the recovery may vary from individual to individual, the following timeline can be expected after breast augmentation surgery.

Week 1

You may expect

  • Discomfort, pain, swelling, and bruising on breasts. 
  • Fluid leakage from the drainage cannula.
  • Taking painkillers to subside the pain.

Week 2

  • You may expect stomach bloating as the swelling moves down the body.
  • Bruising will be there.
  • Pain is less common during the day. Pain may increase during the night.

Week 3-4

  • Skin numbness is common.
  • Most swelling subsides.
  • Occasional pain is expected at night.
  • Your breasts feel lighter.
  • Nerves will regenerate in breast tissues and may cause pins and needles sensation in the NAC, i.e., the nipple-areolar complex area.

Week 5- 6

  • The healing process will expedite, and you will need a lesser dose of painkillers or no painkillers.
  • Almost all major symptoms, such as pain, bruising, redness, and tenderness, will subside, and only 20 -30% of breast healing may be left during this period.

Week 7 onwards

  • The swelling subsides.
  • Your breasts will feel softer and more natural.
  • Scar tissues will relax and fade. You may have to apply scar treatment gels to diminish incision scars.

It is important to listen and follow your surgeon’s instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. 

Tips to reduce swelling and tightness in the breast after breast augmentation surgery

The swelling is expected to go in 3-4 weeks; still, you can follow these tips for a faster and smoother breast augmentation recovery.

  • Wear the surgical bra as prescribed by your surgeon.
  • Apply cold compresses 2-3 times a day if there is swelling and tenderness in the breasts remain, even in the third week.
  • Sleep in an upright position in the first week to avoid fluid accumulation in the breast area.
  • Drink plenty of water, nutritious foods, and multivitamin supplements to help faster healing of surgery.

Some swelling is expected up to three months from the breast augmentation surgery. Hence, following the above tips will ensure faster regeneration of nerves in breast tissue and, therefore, faster recovery.

What things to care about?

Here are some important pointers to care about:

  • Avoid exposure to the sun.
  • Keep the incisions clean and dry.
  • Pursue follow-up religiously.
  • Avoid strenuous work or lifting heavy weights. You should ask someone to help handle your daily chores.

How soon will the scars heal?

Scars typically take several months to heal, but the extent and visibility of the scars will depend on your individual healing process. Most women find their scars barely noticeable after a year or two.

Who may take longer for recovery?

Breast augmentation recovery may take longer for women who smoke, have poor nutrition, or have a history of poor wound healing may take longer to recover from the procedure. 

Also, women with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, may take longer to recover. It is important to discuss any health concerns with your surgeon before undergoing breast augmentation.


It is normal to feel some discomfort and anxiety after breast augmentation surgery. Breast augmentation recovery will be maximum in the first two weeks; however, it may take longer for some women.

It is crucial to follow your surgeon’s instructions, avoid strenuous activities, and take good care of your incisions to ensure a smooth recovery. With proper care, most women find that their scars heal well and are barely noticeable over time.

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