Undergoing breast augmentation surgery is an exciting time! It means you are on your way to having the beautiful breasts you have been dreaming about! After surgery, the recovery process is an important phase to go through to reach your optimal results. There may be a lot of steps and things to remember, so here are answers to 5 frequently asked questions about breast augmentation recovery.
How long is breast augmentation recovery?
This can be a difficult question to answer because everyone heals at a different rate. The primary recovery period following breast implant surgery is typically one month with three months being the average timeframe for your breasts to fully evolve into their final shape. Most patients require around one week of restricted downtime, with small tasks and light exercise allowed after a few days. You will have regular follow-up appointments recovery so Dr. Cruise can track your progress and clear you for certain activities as you go.
Why do my implants sit high on my chest after breast augmentation?
This is a common experience after breast augmentation when the implants are placed under the muscle. Your body is not use to these foreign objects so your chest muscles tighten against the implants causing them to sit high and tight. It may take up to three months for the implants to relax and drop into the desired position. Dr. Cruise calls this “drop and pop.” Don’t worry if your breasts appear high, misshapen, and smaller than expected. This will all remedy during the healing process.
When can I wear a pushup or underwire bra?
Although it can be tempting to celebrate your new breasts with a bra that shows them off, it’s important to wait until you are completely healed. As mentioned above, your implants need time to “drop and pop” and an underwire bra would only keep them from doing this. This type of bra could also poke and irritate your incisions if they are placed in the breast crease. Some women won’t need to wear an underwire bra ever again after having breast augmentation because their breasts sit exactly where they want them and look great in all types of clothing. healing.
Will I have scars?
Scarring is a natural part of any surgery and is a natural response by your body. However, you can be assured that Dr. Cruise will take care to ensure they are concealable and minimized with special suture techniques. Silicone scar treatment may also be provided to use during your recovery to help incisions heal and fade faster.
What is capsular contracture?
This is one of the most common complications that come with breast implant surgery. It occurs when the body forms a capsule of scar tissue around the implant to ‘quarantine’ it. This capsule is a normal response and happens when any type of implant is put in the body. For reasons unknown, some women’s bodies over produce this scar tissue causing what is called Capsular Contracture. This can reduce the amount of space needed for the implant causing it to be pushed tight and high against the chest. Pain is also possible. Dr. Cruise will make sure you know what symptoms to watch out for during your recovery and beyond to ensure you alert him at the first sign of a possible issue. Early detection is helpful in managing symptoms.
Schedule a Consultation
Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure year after year, and Dr. Cruise is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of experience and can recommend the right options for you. To schedule an in-person or virtual consultation, contact our Orange County office by calling or filling out our online form.