09 Nov Breast Augmentation Recovery: How Long After Implants Can I Buy New Clothes?
Resuming Life With Implants
Of all the plastic surgery options available, breast augmentation is one of the most popular. Each year, approximately 300,000 procedures are performed, making augmentation the second most-requested procedure by women in the US. Many individuals considering this procedure are curious about the recovery process. In particular, a common question centers around how long patients must wait before shopping for new clothes.
What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a procedure that uses either implants or fat transfer to increase the volume and size of a woman’s breasts. Most women who undergo the process hope to achieve an improved profile, better balance between the hip-to-bust contours, and improved self-esteem. There are many different options that a patient should discuss with a board-certified plastic surgeon before undergoing surgery. The type of implant material, size, and shape can all impact the look of the breasts post-surgery.
The road to recovery
For patients that don’t experience any complications, a 6-8 week recovery period is considered relatively standard. Immediately following surgery, patients will most likely feel very achy and groggy as the general anesthesia wears off. Additionally, some patients might also experience pain and tightness in the muscles. Medication to control pain may be needed during this time.
Take it slow
In most cases, time is the best tool to aid the post-surgical recovery process. In particular, listening to instructions from the doctor and not doing too much too quickly. While that advice applies to all surgical recoveries, breast augmentation patients in particular should avoid strenuous activities in the early days after surgery. Resting properly and being mindful of sleeping positions will also help decrease unnecessary pain or swelling. Women are encouraged to sleep in elevated positions while lying on the back, or a modified side sleeping position with pillows to reduce pressure on the implants.
Time to go shopping?
Most patients will be instructed to wear a surgical bra that helps prevent disturbing the incision site after surgery. Doctors will also recommend wearing loose-fitting clothing that allows for free range of movement and doesn’t restrict the body. Remember that swelling will still be present during the initial weeks after breast augmentation. So, many women find that shopping for new clothes doesn’t happen until much later in the recovery process. Most surgeons will recommend waiting until the end of the recovery period before investing in a new wardrobe.