How Long Will My Incisions Hurt After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

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Many women often choose breast augmentation to enhance their appearance and feel more confident in their bodies. While this is a very safe and effective cosmetic procedure at the MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa, many patients are anxious about the level of pain they will experience in New Orleans, LA.

Understanding how long your incisions may hurt can help prepare you for breast augmentation recovery. Below, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters discusses a typical recovery timeline and what to expect in terms of discomfort. We also provide tips on managing any pain at home.

Where Are Incisions Placed During Breast Augmentation?

Decisions like incision placement are made during a breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Walters. Patients can ask questions, voice any concerns, and learn how the surgery works in detail. Dr. Walters will also assess your individual anatomy and make breast implant recommendations based on what we believe will provide the best results.

Breast implants are typically placed under the pectoral muscle through carefully-made incisions near the fold of the breast. Dr. Walters also utilizes the Keller Funnel to place the implant which allows for a smaller incision. Our team works hard to place incisions in areas that result in the least amount of pain and scarring.

What Is Recovery Like with Breast Augmentation?

The MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa takes an innovative approach to breast surgery and other cosmetic procedures. During breast augmentation, Dr. Walters places a special emphasis on minimizing trauma to the chest wall. His Rapid Recovery method results in a generally shorter recovery time, and many patients are able to go to dinner the night of surgery.

That said, it can be normal to experience swelling and possibly bruising around the incisions and in the breasts. These side effects will begin to subside in several days as the breast implants settle into their new positions. This process may take longer depending on the patient and their individual surgical plan. Rest assured that patients should feel better each day as they continue to heal.

How Does Incision Care Work?

Incisions do not have to be the most painful part of breast augmentation recovery. Dr. Walters will provide post-operative instructions that must be followed carefully to ensure a smooth and successful recovery in New Orleans, LA. These guidelines may include:

  • Keeping the surgical site clean and dry: Patients must keep the areas surrounding the incisions clean to prevent infection. Do not submerge the area in water (like in a bath) until Dr. Walters gives you the okay.
  • Limiting physical activity: Too much movement places stress on the surgical site and causes it to swell. Avoid lifting heavy objects, reaching overhead, or participating in high-impact activities for at least four weeks.
  • Managing pain and swelling: Patients will be given medication to manage uncomfortable side effects, typically just Ibuprofen. Take these medications as prescribed and avoid alcohol while taking them.
  • Patients are also asked to attend follow-up appointments so Dr. Walters can monitor the incisions and ensure they heal properly. We may also adjust medication at this time if necessary.

Have a Successful Breast Surgery

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters understands that everyone has unique needs and concerns when it comes to breast augmentation recovery. Our knowledgeable staff is here to help you through every step of the process. Call the MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa and see how we help women achieve their goals through safe and successful cosmetic procedures. We are happy to answer your questions at our New Orleans, LA office.

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