Women who are considering breast augmentation surgery usually wonder what they should expect in terms of recovery. After breast augmentation, patients should know that the first 24 to 48 hours are the most uncomfortable. Patients often report that they are tired and feel pain in their chest area during this time. Sometimes, patients can manage their pain by taking prescribed medication, but they may still feel sore and tired. For this reason, they may want to consider having someone stay with them during the first two days.
A few days after breast augmentation surgery, the plastic surgeon will remove gauze from patients' breasts. The surgeon will replace the gauze with a surgical bra and if stitches need to be taken out, they will usually be removed 7 to 10 days after surgery.
The first few weeks after a breast augmentation procedure, the chest area will be sensitive and may even be swollen for up to five weeks. This is why it is imperative that patients follow the recovery tips provided by their plastic surgeons, which will naturally expedite the recovery process.