Your nurse will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions at your pre-operative visit and will review them again prior to your discharge home. Recovery time for breast implant surgery is about two weeks, and most patients take pain medication for a few days. Patients can typically return to work within 1-2 weeks, but heavy lifting, pushing or pulling should be avoided for the first 8-12 weeks following your surgery.
Swelling, bruising and discomfort are to be expected during the first few days of breast augmentation recovery. These issues will dissipate over time. A special surgical bra will need to be worn during the initial phase of the recovery period to provide additional support. The breasts will feel tender to the touch, and there may also be a feeling of tightness around the area.