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Questions about recovery are often foremost in many patient’s minds when they plan breast augmentation surgery. How long will it take to recover, and what should you expect following the surgery? While the answer to these questions can depend on factors specific to each patient, the majority of breast augmentation patients can expect to have a reasonably fast and comfortable recovery. Dr. Patterson and our other staff members will do our best to make sure that you’re prepared for surgery as fully as possible to have the optimum recovery. Below, you’ll find out some of Patterson Plastic Surgery’s aftercare guidelines. Knowing what to expect will allow you to recover fully and enjoy your beautiful new results to the maximum!

Normal Effects

Immediately after the surgery, and for the first few days afterwards, there are several effects that most patients will experience. These are completely normal, and will generally include:

  • Discomfort or mild to moderate pain in the surgical area
  • Swelling in the surgical area
  • Bruising in the surgical area
  • Minor bleeding on the dressings, usually only small spots
  • Feelings of nausea
  • Constipation that results from use of painkillers

What to Expect in Terms of Pain

Thanks to Dr. Patterson’s highly precise and carefully customized surgical techniques, the majority of breast augmentation patients don’t suffer from significant pain. Local anesthesia thoroughly numbs the entire surgical area, and a custom medication cocktail will greatly minimize any pain during the procedure.

The amount of pain that patients experience is often directly related to the surgical technique. The sub-pectoral implants may cause more pain than the sub-mammary implants. However, every patient has a unique pain threshold. Regardless of the surgical technique, most patients have minimal pain and are able to go back to their normal routine within a day or two.

Post Operative Care

After your breast augmentation, Dr. Patterson will schedule a follow-up appointment for around two weeks post-surgery. At that time, the sutures will be removed and Dr. Patterson will check to make sure that healing has progressed properly. During the weeks following surgery, Dr. Patterson will recommend a breast massaging routine that will help the implants to settle in seamlessly.

What to Watch For During Recovery

While the signs described in the “Normal Effects” section above are to be expected, there are certain things that may indicate a problem after surgery. Some signs to watch for include:

  • Blood that soaks completely through the dressings
  • Blood that does not stop
  • Major swelling after the surgery
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Serious headache

If you notice any of the above signs during your recovery, it is important that you call our offices immediately. We can advise you on whether an immediate appointment is needed.

Ready to Schedule a Consult?

Our goal at Patterson Plastic Surgery is to have happy patients who are able to fully enjoy and embrace their new look. If you have any questions or concerns about your breast augmentation surgery, feel free to call us anytime. If you’re still in the consideration stage, allow our dedicated staff to help. Call us or click below to set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Patterson and our welcoming staff today!