How Long is Recovery from Breast Augmentation?

Are you excited about having breast augmentation but worried about recovery? Most patients go through the recovery period without serious complications, but knowing what to expect after surgery will help you better prepare for the experience.  

How Long Is Recovery from Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation recovery timeframes vary for each patient, but full recovery typically takes 4-6 weeks.  The breast implants should be settled by this time and final results can be seen. 

Patients can expect to feel extremely tired and sore in the days immediately after surgery, so it’s best to arrange to get assistance with household chores from a family member or friend.  It’s important to get enough rest so that the body can relax and heal as anticipated.  

Patients should carefully follow the post-op care instructions provided by their plastic surgeon to ensure a routine recovery, and minimize the chance of complications.  However, there are factors that can affect the length of the recovery.  

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Factors That Affect The Length of Breast Augmentation Recovery

  • Implant Placement: Breast implants are placed either above the pectoral muscle (subglandular), or under the pectoral muscle (submuscular).   Recovery after submuscular placement is typically longer since it is a more invasive procedure. 
  • Surgical Technique:  The surgical technique used to perform breast augmentation can impact the recovery process.  Patients should therefore discuss the surgical techniques with their plastic surgeon during the consultation, so that they understand how recovery will be affected. 
  • Size Of The Implants:  Patients who get larger breast implants may need more time to heal because there is more tissue dissection during surgery.   

Would you like to learn more about breast augmentation recovery?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Central Florida area, Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at, or by calling (407) 410-3920.

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