Breast Augmentation Recovery: 5 Common Questions About Getting Back to Normal, Answered

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If you’re considering breast augmentation or have already scheduled your procedure, you probably have questions about recovery. The good news is that the Rapid Recovery protocol Dr. Jules Walters uses for these procedures can have you back to your summer activities faster than you may have thought possible.

This blog post will answer 5 common questions about getting back to normal after breast augmentation.

1.    How long after breast augmentation can I drive?

Avoid driving while taking pain medication or experiencing discomfort that impairs your ability to operate a vehicle safely. It’s essential to have complete control of your movements and be free from any distractions or limitations.

After surgery using the Rapid Recovery approach, many patients can resume driving within a couple of days, as most of our patients are not taking any prescription pain medication with this technique.

2.    When can I sleep on my side after breast augmentation?

Sleeping on your back with your head slightly elevated helps keeps your new implants in place, minimizes swelling and inflammation, and helps maintain your results. For an optimal outcome, it’s best to sleep on your back as long as possible after your surgery. As you get close to being fully recovered, you can gradually transition to sleeping on your side.

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Before & After Breast Augmentation
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Before & After Breast Augmentation
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Before & After Breast Augmentation

3.    How long after breast augmentation can I work out?

While rest is an important part of a healthy recovery, incorporating light movements and low-impact exercises early on can promote circulation and reduce stiffness.

With the Rapid Recovery approach, patients can start engaging in light exercises, such as walking, and light stretching, within 24 to 48 hours after surgery. However, high-impact activities and strenuous workouts should be avoided for several weeks to allow the breasts to heal properly and minimize the risk of complications. Dr. Walters will provide personalized guidelines for gradually reintroducing exercise based on your healing progress.

4.    How soon after breast augmentation can I drink alcohol?

Alcohol can interfere with the healing process and potentially interact with medications you may take during your recovery. Even once you’re off medication, it’s best to keep consumption to a minimum until you are fully healed since alcohol can exacerbate swelling and prolong recovery.

5.    Can you breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery doesn’t necessarily affect your ability to breastfeed in the future, but it’s good to have an open and honest discussion with your plastic surgeon about your desire to breastfeed in the future. Dr. Walters will discuss the potential impact of the procedure on breastfeeding and work with you to develop a surgical plan that minimizes any potential risks.

Request a Consultation

If you’re considering breast augmentation, call our office at (504) 517-6200 or request a consultation. With the Rapid Recovery technique and Dr. Walters’ expertise, you can experience a smoother and faster recovery while achieving your desired breast enhancement results.

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