Notes from Dr. Jenq

Breast Augmentation and the Recovery Period

The decision to undergo a breast augmentation is a big one, but can bring a lot of satisfaction if you been wanting surgery for a long time.  Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you are able to go home the same day.  The surgery itself takes about two hours.  Usually with a saline implant, the scar is a little smaller compared to silicone implants.  However both tend to heal pretty well.

Generally the first day, you would be pretty drowsy and feel some tightness and soreness from the surgery.  However, you will be able to get up and walk around your home several times a day.  You may need some help with getting around the house, washing your hair, and preparing meals for the first few days.  For women with young children, it is definitely a good idea to have family or friends scheduled to help out with kid duties.  Over the course of the next two weeks, that discomfort improves so that you are able to get back to more normal day to day activities.

In order for the implants to settle into a more natural pocket, we recommend that patients hold off on lifting weights or young kids for the first 4-6 weeks. However, light lower body aerobics exercise can be started after two to three weeks.  Everyone is a little different, so I usually recommend that women start out gradually and increase their level of activity as they gain more confidence and strength.

It definitely is a process to go from contemplation to surgery to recovery. Breast augmentation in the right patient is a personal and emotional investment which improve your confidence and self image.