Like any major surgery, you will need some time to heal from a breast augmentation. It is of the utmost importance that you take it very slowly after your operation, giving your body the time it needs to repair itself. Here’s what to expect during the recovery process.

Post op

Your surgeon will explain the recovery process and how long it will take.

Directly after the surgery, you will be taken into a recovery room where the surgeons will monitor you as you wake up. Your breasts may be wrapped in gauze or you may be given a special post-operation bra.

At this point, it is very likely your breasts will feel a bit tender. This is to be expected and your doctor may give you some medication to deal with any discomfort that might occur. Creams and ointments to apply to your scars will be introduced here as well.

Your surgeon will also give you the post op debrief. This is where they will explain the recovery process and how long it will take.


At home, you might experience some soreness for a few more days. General over-the-counter pain relief solutions like Panadol or ibuprofen are probably going to become your best friend when you reach this stage of your recovery.

You’ll need a bra with lots of support. Some surgeons prefer to send patients home with a compression bandage and encourage them to wear it regularly. Most would recommend wearing either a specifically designed post operation bra (you can order these online) or a well fitting jogging bra. Bras like these have moulded cups and a lot of support, encouraging the implant to settle into the shape of your body.

While you wont feel one hundred per cent, you’ll be okay to return to work in a week or two. However, for the first few weeks (or rather, until your surgeon says it’s okay), avoid any strenuous physical activity, particularly anything that involves movement of the arms or chest. Exercise, for example, should wait for at least two weeks, at which point it should be extremely light.


General maintenance of your new breasts will involve regular checkups, particularly MRIs, to ensure that you haven’t had a silent rupture. It’s also important that you get mammograms every two years to screen for signs of breast cancer (which you hopefully are already doing).

The main thing post breast augmentation is that you allow yourself the time to recover fully. Listen to your body – it’ll tell you exactly what you need!

Give your recovery get a good start by ensuring a reliable breast augmentation procedure at Esteem Studio. Come in for a consult and learn what quality work entails for a successful outcome you deserve.

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