Breast Augmentation Recovery & Aftercare

Updated October 2, 2018

After breast augmentation in Little Rock, some swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort may be experienced for several days after the surgery. Discomfort can be easily controlled with pain medication. For the first few days, you will need to take it easy. We recommend having a friend or loved one help you out with cooking, cleaning, and caring for children, as you will need to spend time relaxing and will be unable to lift your arms.

How will I feel after breast augmentation surgery?

Within several days, the gauze dressings, if you have them, will be removed, and you may be given a surgical bra. Your stitches will come out in 7 to 10 days, but the swelling in your breasts may take 3 to 5 weeks to disappear completely. You may also experience a burning sensation in your nipples for about two weeks, but this will subside as bruising fades.

When will I be back to normal after breast augmentation?

You should be able to return to work within a few days, depending on the level of activity required for your job. Dr. Branman will advise you when it’s okay to resume exercise after breast augmentation as well as other activities, including sex.  Your breasts will probably be sensitive for a few weeks, so you should avoid most physical contact (and wait to have sex) until your breasts are no longer sore, usually 3 to 4 weeks after surgery.

What will my scars look like?

Breast augmentation scars will be firm and pink for at least six weeks. They may remain the same size for several months, or even appear to widen. Soon, your scars will begin to fade, although they will never disappear completely. Depending on your age, you should continue routine mammograms after breast augmentation, which have been determined safe and effective for women with breast implants. Click here to see Breast Augmentation before & after photos.

It’s important to note that healing and recovery can vary between patients. During your personalized consultation, Dr. Branman will evaluate your medical history, ask you about your habit, and help you understand what to expect from your breast augmentation recovery. Contact us to schedule your consultation today!

For more information, contact us online or simply call the office at 501-227-0707 to schedule a consultation.