FAQ: What Happens After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

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Deciding to have breast augmentation surgery is a life-changing decision. That’s why we spend so much time exploring your goals and walking you through your surgical options during your consultation. Much of our discussion concerns what happens right after your breast surgery.

Understanding what to expect post-op can ease some of the anxiety you may feel leading up to your procedure. It can also significantly enhance your recovery and results! With this in mind, let’s share FAQ about post-op expectations for breast augmentation, along with helpful information and resources to put you on the road to a smoother recovery:

When Can I Sleep On My Side After Breast Augmentation?

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential during your recovery window. But, like most patients, you probably wonder how to sleep after breast augmentation. During the first few weeks, you should sleep on your back with your head elevated. This promotes blood flow and reduces the risk of putting too much pressure on your implants and incisions. After a few weeks, sleeping on your side is usually okay, wearing your support bra and using pillows for extra support. Stomach sleeping is strictly prohibited for 4 to 6 weeks.

When Can I Sleep Without a Bra After Breast Augmentation?

While you may find sleeping with a compression bra less than ideal, this garment provides the support your healing breasts require while you slumber. It’s also essential to prevent your implants from shifting and minimize pressure and swelling during the initial recovery process. Several weeks post-op, we will assess your healing and discuss if you’re ready to say goodbye to your sports bra before saying goodnight.

What To Wear After Breast Augmentation?

You already know how important it is to wear your support bra. To further prioritize rest and healing, your clothes should be loose, comfortable, and easy to remove. After a few weeks, you can transition into “normal” clothes. Are you wondering, can I wear a bralette after breast augmentation? The answer is yes! Just wait a few weeks to retire your support bra. Underwire bras, however, are still prohibited for 6 to 8 weeks. Remember, these restrictions are only temporary. Soon enough, you can wear bras and outfits that show off your sexy cleavage.

How Long Should I Take Off Work After Breast Augmentation?

I recommend taking 4 to 7 days off work or school following surgery. You may need to extend your time away slightly if your procedure includes a breast lift or if your job requires physical exertion. Remember that following your procedure, you must also be cleared to drive to work.

When Can I Work Out Again After Getting Breast Implants?

Most patients can engage in light exercise 2 weeks after their procedure. After about 4 weeks, patients can return to activities like running and resume regular workouts other than heavy weightlifting and contact sports. Patients should refrain from strenuous workouts for at least 6 to 8 weeks.

Remember, we always strive to equip you with the resources and information you need during each step of your aesthetic transformation. If you have more questions about breast augmentation and recovery, please request a consultation or call my office at  (818) 500-0823.

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