How Long Does It Take To Recover From Breast Surgery?

As treatments that enlarge, reduce, reshape or lift the breasts become more mainstream, the stigma surrounding them has plummeted. Patients are increasingly comfortable talking about their procedures and proudly sharing the results, but the popularity of breast enhancement surgeries can create the mistaken impression that they are “easy” or “quick fixes” that may be undertaken with little consideration for what the actual procedures require.

While Dr. Liew at the Shape Clinic is happy to see that women no longer feel shame for choosing breast surgery, he also firmly believes patients should be well-informed about the process from start to finish. A desire to look like your favourite celebrity or internet influencer should first be replaced with the goal of becoming the best version of you. Next, you need to understand that breast enhancement is a process that extends beyond the surgery itself. Recovery time is a vital part of achieving your aesthetic goals.

For immediate changes in appearance, one can turn to Instagram filters. For long-lasting results that maximise beauty and confidence over a lifetime, breast augmentation, breast reduction and breast lifts are safe options with minimal side effects and high patient satisfaction. Should you choose to visit Shape Clinic for one of these procedures, here’s what you can expect during your recovery.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a top request for women in Australia looking for cosmetic enhancement. Every woman’s body naturally heals at a different pace, and variables such as the type and size of the implant, implant placement, and surgical technique impact the recovery process.

Recovery from breast augmentation typically takes one to two weeks. In the majority of cases, patients return home on the day of surgery and experience the most significant amount of discomfort in the first 24-48 hours. Light activities may be resumed in two to four days, but more strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided until four to six weeks post-op. Most patients will feel comfortable returning to a desk job within one week. Bruising and swelling will disappear with time and should be gone by six to eight weeks. You will be fitted with post-surgery garment during recovery to encourage optimal healing.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery reshapes and lifts the breasts and reduces their size. This procedure offers many benefits, including improved posture, decreased back pain, improved body shape and proportion, more choice in clothing, and improved confidence and self-esteem.

Patients can expect some pain, bruising, and swelling in the first few days following breast reduction. Drainage tubes may temporarily be placed under the skin to help remove excess fluid and reduce swelling. Most patients will feel comfortable returning to a desk job within one week. Exercise should not be resumed for four to six weeks to ensure your incisions heal properly. Support garments will be worn to assist the body’s natural healing process.

Breast Lift

A breast lift restores a perkier, firmer and more aesthetically pleasing shape to drooping breasts affected by pregnancy, weight loss or aging. The enhancements do not only improve a patient’s appearance by creating more youthful and feminine proportions but also helps bras and swimsuits fit in a more flattering and comfortable way.

You will be able to get up and do some walking on the day of surgery, but we will advise you to take is easy the first few days and expect to sleep on your back for the first few weeks. Many women return to work within the first week following their breast lift, depending on the exertion level of their jobs, as well as the majority of their daily activities. You will need to limit exercise other than walking for the first six weeks. Residual soreness and swelling should gradually subside over the first several months.

A Final Word on Recovery

Though improved breast shape will be evident immediately after surgery, it will take two or three months for swelling to go down, normal colouring to be restored, and sensation to return. At the three-month mark, the majority of healing is completed and you’ll have a good sense of the outcome. Breast surgery results can continue to improve subtly for up to one year as your body embraces its new shape.

Just as every woman is unique, every recovery is unique to the patient. Factors including your age, your physical condition, the elasticity of your skin and the location of the incision all play a role in your recovery time and final results. We will discuss each of these factors in detail during a consultation to ensure you enter surgery with a customised treatment plan tailored to your body. To schedule that appointment, contact the Shape Clinic today on 61 2 8356 2888 or email us on concierge@shapeclinic.com.au