Breast Implants

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Breast Implants? – Part Two

Six Weeks: You will be given specific guidelines about how to ease back into your regular routine for the days and weeks after your breast implant surgery. At 6 weeks after surgery, you should be able to return to all your normal daily activities and to return to work without restrictions. After the 6-week post-op visit, you should be able to ease back into your full exercise routine.

Be careful not to rush your breast implant recovery. For the best experience:

  • Be gentle and move slowly. Make sure that your incisions aren’t bumped by maneuvering slowly and carefully.
  • Choose warm showers. A hot shower or lots of steam can make swelling worse, so avoid them for a few weeks.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol, because these interfere with healing, for at least 2-4 weeks before and after surgery.
  • Stick to a healthy diet and limit salt. Eat foods like lettuce, eggs and yogurt which may help reduce swelling due to vitamin K content.
  • Keep incisions out of the sun. If your scars are exposed to the sun, the skin can darken and make the scars more noticeable.
  • Don’t drive until after you have stopped taking prescription pain medication. Postpone driving for as long you can to avoid putting a strain on your incisions.
  • Do not lift anything over your head and avoid serious workouts for six weeks.
  • Wear a stretchy but supportive sports bra during exercise.

As your recovery progresses, the appearance of your breasts will continue to improve, and you will look and feel better and better.

Breast implant surgery has a very high satisfaction rate and a relatively straightforward recovery process, especially when patients go into it well informed. If you’re interested in breast implants in Gainesville, contact Dr. David W. Allison at 703-754-8228 or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Allison.