Pretty much as soon as my breast augmentation was scheduled I started thinking about my recovery... How long before I can shower? Will I be able to actually sleep propped up? What about going to the gym?!?
So many questions! I asked my plastic surgeon and I got the reassurance I needed about when I would be back to my normal self. Second time round I was a bit more prepared for how I’d be feeling (and crucially, when).
Here’s what some of your key breast augmentation recovery milestones might look like...
I’m skipping past the first 24 hours post-op because, for most of us, it’s a post-anaesthesia haze dedicated to nothing more than sleep and pain meds.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Milestone 1 – Going To The Bathroom
You may be covered in post-op bandages and dressings, be slobbing around the house in your PJS, and sorry to say it, unwashed... but your first goal is to poop!
The sooner you get this recovery milestone out of the way the better you’ll feel. If you find yourself struggling, no worries! I wrote an article on how to get things moving- read it here.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Milestone 2 – Being Pain Free
Realistically you’re likely to need the stronger meds (especially if you get your breast implants under the muscle) for the first 3-5 days.
You should aim to be on just Tylenol by the end of your first week post-op. Coming off your meds is a sure sign you're almost back to being yourself!
Breast Augmentation Recovery Milestone 3 – Sleeping Soundly
Sleep may not come easily even though you’re tired.
When you can master comfortable sleep you’re going to start to feel way more like your usual self. Expect sleeping on your back propped up to take some getting used to and hopefully the broken sleep won’t be too frustrating.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Milestone 4 – Blow Drying Your Hair
Some plastic surgeons let you have a full range of motion in your arms from the get-go. Others like you to limit lifting your arms above your head for a few days.
Either way you’re not going to feel like waving a hairdryer and wielding a brush too quickly. My first good hair day came on POD 8.
Stay tuned for more recovery milestones in Part 2!
Thoughts from Dr. Ben WoodOne of the reasons that we really like the Rapid Recovery protocol is that you can get back to your normal routine faster than the way that recovery was traditionally done after an augmentation. Taking a warm shower the night of surgery not only helps the muscle relax, but also makes it easier for you to rest comfortably.
We've noticed that most women need far less pain medication, which also gets you back to feeling like yourself again faster.