From influencers on social media, to fellow mums at the local café, it seems like breast implants are more common than ever before. In fact, breast augmentation surgery is one of the common procedures that we perform at Southern Aesthetic. And while you’re probably aware of the many benefits of breast augmentation —such as having bigger or more even breasts —it’s important to consider what breast augmentation recovery looks like. As a female surgeon who understands a woman’s point of view —as well as the many jobs that women juggle in their day-to-day —here are five things I think you should know about how breast augmentation recovery might impact your everyday life.
How long does breast augmentation surgery take?
Breast augmentation surgery usually takes place as a day surgery in a hospital. The procedure usually takes about 1.5 hours and most patients are not required to stay overnight at hospital.
How long does breast augmentation recovery take?
As everybody is different, recovery time may differ depending on the individual. However, usually we recommend a rest time of one week. If you don’t have a physically intensive job, you should be able to return to work after one week. You should also be able to drive and do light exercise (light walking) after one week. However, we recommend patients wait at least six weeks before playing sport or getting back into the gym. In terms of physically-demanding or strenuous tasks —notably activitiesthat could raise your heart rate or blood pressure –we recommend waiting at least 2-3 weeks. Mums, this could include lifting young children throughout the day, so it might be wise to recruit some extra help around the house during your recovery period.
Are there any side effects that I may experience during breast augmentation recovery?
During the recovery period, it’s common for patients to experience swelling and soreness in the breasts and chest. Some patients may also experience bruising. If you are experiencing severe pain from these symptoms, contact your doctor and they may be able to prescribe medication to alleviate the pain. While you’re recovering, it might also help to wear a compression bandage or sports bra for extra support and positioning of the breast implants.
What are some warning signs that I should look out for post-surgery?
At Southern Aesthetic, our surgical team are highly-qualified and trained to deliver the best surgical outcomes possible. We alsouse the highest quality breast implants available for all our clients. However, there are still some risks associated with breast augmentation surgery,such as capsular contracture, infection, malposition and leaking. In some cases,breast implant associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma(ALCL) may also occur. The severity of theseproblems can vary, and may result in minorissues or dissatisfaction,to needing further surgery or even the complete removal of your breastimplants.Should you experience any of these more severe consequences, please contact your doctor immediately.
Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
While most of our clients are aged between 20-45 years, adult women of all ages opt for breast augmentation surgery for a variety of reasons —whether that be due to physical changes brought on by childbirth and breast feeding, to add implants following a mastectomy, or simply to gain more self-confidence.
At Southern Aesthetic, while there are many benefits of breast augmentation surgery, we believe it is important to recognise that this is a life-changing procedure that deserves thorough research and planning to ensure a safe and easy recovery.
At Southern Aesthetic, our all-female surgical team strive to make your surgery and recovery experience as safe and pleasant as possible. You can read more on breast augmentation surgery on our website, or check out our Instagram page to read about breast augmentation recovery, as well as see some of our latest work. To book a consultation with Dr Amira Sanki, call or email us today