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Dr. Liland, M.D., P.A. Park Cities Plastic Surgery

What to Expect during
Breast Augmentation Recovery

Our primary goal during breast augmentation recovery is to ensure our patients are able to return to their daily activities as quickly as possible, without any setbacks or complications. Dr. David L. Liland and his dedicated staff in Dallas, TX, will be there to guide you through each stage of treatment to ensure the highest level of care from start to finish. The healing time will vary, depending upon the location of the incision and the implant, as well as the size of the implant. However, most patients can expect to resume full activities after six weeks. 

What Impacts Recovery?

The size of the implant you receive will affect your recovery timeline. Patients who select larger implants will often have a longer healing process, as these implants can place greater pressure on the underlying muscles and also cause the skin to stretch. The location of the incision is also an important consideration, as it can dictate your exercise regimen. Patients who receive inframammary incisions may be advised to wait two to four weeks before participating in exercises that target the upper body. Incisions place around the areola, on the other hand, typically require less downtime. Lastly, the location of your implant will affect your recovery. Submusclar placement is a more invasive procedure than subglandular placement, and in turn, typically requires more downtime.  

Typical Recovery Stages

Immediately following your breast augmentation surgery, we can wrap your breasts in gauze dressing and provide you with a support garment to help minimize swelling. You will then be transported from the surgical suite to a recovery area, where we can monitor you for about one to a few hours after surgery. Once you have completely stabilized, you will be discharged and provided with a set of post-operative instructions.

image of recovery timeline after breast augmentation

Two to Three Days after Surgery

For the first two to three days following surgery, patients may experience soreness and tenderness, in addition to some bruising and swelling. To relieve pain and reduce swelling, you should wear your compression garment and take either over-the-counter or prescribed medication as directed. After the second day, patients can take a shower, but should avoid baths.

One to Two Weeks Later

Prior to your procedure, we will schedule your first follow-up visit, which will take place one week after surgery. We can monitor your progress and update you on your recovery timeline. As pain and swelling subsides, you can begin to engage in light activities. However, you should avoid any strenuous exercise, as well as bending or lifting. At the two-week mark, patients should be able to take a bath, if desired.

The Four to Six Week Mark

After one month, most patients can begin to intensify their exercise routines, but should still avoid any type of exercise that targets the chest. Most bruising, swelling, and discomfort should dissipate by this time.

By the six-week mark, patients can resume wearing a underwire or push-up bra. If cleared by Dr. Liland, you can resume all forms of exercise, and return to sleeping on your side or stomach.

Tips for a Successful Recovery

To ensure the smoothest possible recovery, you should:

  • Follow all instructions provided by surgeon
  • Attend all postoperative appointments
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water
  • Massage your breasts, as recommended
  • Schedule at least one week off from work
  • Properly prepare

If you have any additional questions about your recovery, a member of our team would be happy to assist you further during your consultation.


Learn More About Post-Op Instructions

Dr. Liland can walk you through each of the steps of a breast augmentation procedure to ensure you feel confident in your decision to undergo surgery. He can also review implant and incision options and their respective recovery timelines. To schedule your appointment, please contact us online or call us directly at (214) 692-6500.

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