Breast Enhancement: What to Expect for Your Recovery

by | Mar 2, 2018 | Breast Augmentation Surgery, Breast Implant Education Center, Breast Implant Surgery Recovery

Are you worried about what your recovery will be like after your breast augmentation? Whether you’ve chosen one procedure or a combination of procedures (such as a breast lift combined with breast augmentation) you can do a lot to ensure your recovery is as uneventful and pain-free as possible. While all the details of your procedure and recovery should be discussed in detail with your specific surgeon, here’s what you can expect.


Every surgeon has their preference for where they place incisions in a breast enhancement surgery. Incision placement has a lot to do with the procedures you’re seeking and the size and shape of your breasts. Wherever the incisions are on your body, be sure you keep them dry at all times under the dressings or bandages. Your surgeon will probably schedule a post-op appointment with you to change your dressings and remove stitches.

Swollen and Bruised Breasts

Beauty means pain, right? Expect pain and swelling for three to four months after your breast augmentation. You may be told to wear a compression garment around the chest area. Try to avoid straining, bending, and lifting the first week after surgery, since these activities could make your swelling more intense or cause you to bleed. Ask your doctor if it’s ok to apply warm compresses to the swollen areas to help with the pain.

Trouble Sleeping

Get as much sleep as possible before your breast enhancement procedure, because sleep may not be as comfortable for the first week or so after surgery. Try to sleep sitting upright, adding pillows for comfort, because the elevation of your upper body can help decrease pain and swelling. You don’t want to sleep on your chest or put any pressure on the chest area. If you need to, try putting pillows alongside you in case you roll over on your side during the night.

Choose the IDEAL IMPLANT for your Breast Augmentation:

Still deciding which breast implants you want for your breast enhancement? IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants combine the best properties of both saline and silicone gel breast implants. You won’t have to worry about rippling as you do with the traditional saline implant, and you won’t have to undergo costly MRIs to detect silent ruptures as you do with the silicone gel implant. In a recent 2017 survey:

“98% of women reported they would be somewhat concerned to constantly concerned about silent rupture with silicone gel implants.”

With the IDEAL IMPLANT, there’s no “silent rupture.” If your implants rupture, you’ll be able to physically see it by looking in the mirror and let your surgeon know right away. These implants are filled with saline, so there are no harmful after-effects in case of a rupture. Ask your doctor about your breast augmentation using the new IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.