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What's the Recovery Time for Breast Implant Surgery

Learn about the recovery time for breast implant surgery from plastic surgeon Robert J. Morin, M.D. in this Howcast video.


We're going to talk about the recovery time for breast augmentation surgery. In general, breast augmentation surgery can take anywhere between an hour to two hours to perform. It's a same day, meaning that the patient goes home that day and sleeps in their own bed that night. I generally like to see my patients the next day just to make sure that everything looks fine and that there are no immediate complications. After that initial visit, I see patients one week later at which time the sutures are removed. I perform an incision that goes below the nipple area or complex and there are a number of sutures that need to be taken out. Those sutures are taken out at one week. In terms of getting back to work, very often when patients have surgery performed on a Thursday they can be back to work Monday or Tuesday.

There are actually some people that want their patients to exercises in the recovery room prior to going home. As far as surgical procedures are concerned, the recovery is actually relatively quick. There's a phenomenon with breast augmentation surgery where the implants tend to sit high initially due to tension in the muscle and over the course of time they tend to drop. Often, this will take about three months. So, initially your surgeon might have tape on you breasts or have a strap that goes above the breasts to help the breast implants settle. If they look high initially that's normal.

Over the course of three months, they get into the proper position. In terms of getting back to your normal routine and getting back to the gym and exercising, there's a risk of bleeding for about 2-3 weeks. So, in general, we don't want people doing anything that strenuous for about 2-3 weeks and nothing intensely strenuous for about 6 weeks. After that, the recovery is pretty smooth. And, that is the recovery for breast augmentation surgery.

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