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Recovery Timeline

Timeline – When will I be “back to normal”?

Breast augmentation is a straightforward procedure with relatively little downtime.

  • Most people take 5 days off from work and daily activities, although this may vary depending on your job requirements and daily activities.
  • The majority of our patients are off their narcotic pain medication after 5-7 days. Some find it helpful to continue the use of muscle relaxers a little longer than this.
  • No strenuous activity is permitted for 2 weeks post-surgery. Raising your heart rate or blood pressure through exercise or activity can cause a complication in which a small blood vessel bleeds. This may result to an emergent return to the OR.
  • At 2 weeks post-op, you may begin light cardio (walking briskly) but should avoid strength training.
  • You may begin to add lower body strength training at 3 weeks post op, and may increase the intensity and duration of your cardio activity as tolerated.
  • Do not submerge your incisions under water (bath, hot tub, pool, ocean, etc.) until you are 3-4 weeks post-op.
  • At 6 weeks, you are considered restriction-free and may go back to all of your regular activities including upper body weight training.
  • Immediately following surgery, and for the first 4-6 weeks post-op, your breasts will be very high on your chest and feel hard and tight. Your breast tissue will be swollen for a period of up to 4-6 months after surgery. Over this time, your breasts will continue to get softer and relax into the correct position as your skin and muscles stretch to accommodate the implants.

Everyone recovers at different rates, and this timeline is a general guideline to use after your breast augmentation. Let your pain level guide you when resuming activity after surgery.