Breast Augmentation Recovery

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Breast augmentation recovery is equally important as the surgery itself. By following your surgeon's advice in the weeks following breast augmentation, you can experience the full benefits of the procedure. Dr. Craig Foster believes patient education is essential to the success of every procedure he performs, and he will explain each stage of breast augmentation recovery during a consultation at his Manhattan, NY, practice. Reach out today to schedule your consultation.

Before Surgery

It is important to gather supplies before undergoing surgery so that you can focus your energy on recovery. The most important supplies include:

When making plans for your recovery, be sure to schedule more downtime than you think you will need. This can ensure that if you are prescribed more downtime than expected, you will not have to suffer added stress or a possible compromise in the results of your surgery.

Immediately after the Procedure

Once the surgery is complete, you will remain at the hospital or surgical center for several hours to ensure that no immediate complications arise. It is important that you arrange for someone to drive you home and remain with you the first night.

After the procedure, resting and keeping clean will be your two main priorities. Be sure to clean the incision sites with antibacterial soap on a regular basis.

Several side effects can be expected during this period, including:

These side effects typically resolve within a few weeks. If they persist, or if you notice any unusual changes, contact your surgeon as soon as possible. All breast contact should be gentle for at least four to six weeks after surgery to avoid increased swelling. Throughout your recovery, your surgeon will monitor your progress during follow-up visits.

One to Two Weeks Later

After one to two weeks, non-dissolvable stitches are removed, and patients are provided with a surgical bra. This bra provides extra support to your healing breasts and helps to minimize swelling. Once the stitches have been removed, most patients are usually ready to return to work. However, if your job involves considerable physical activity, you will likely require a longer absence. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions during this time to ensure that you do not overexert yourself.


While post-surgical scarring is inevitable, a skilled surgeon can create incisions resulting in minimal scarring that is easily concealed. With proper care, the scars will usually fade to thin white lines within a year. It is important to avoid sun exposure to ensure that scars fade as much as possible.

Contact Us Today

With extensive training and years of experience, Dr. Foster is a recognized expert in the field of plastic surgery and strives to provide the best service to all of his patients. Before choosing to undergo breast augmentation or any other plastic surgery procedure, it is important to understand what to expect at every stage. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.