What Is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that increases the size and symmetry of the breasts. Increasing the size of the breasts has traditionally been done using implants filled with medical-grade silicone gel or saline. Breast implants are available in various sizes, shapes, and textures.
Dr. Coville also performs fat transfer breast augmentation, or natural breast augmentation, using fat harvested from another area of your body. The thighs, belly, and buttocks are the typical donor sites.
How Long Is Recovery From Breast Augmentation?
Generally, full recovery from breast augmentation takes about 4-6 weeks. However, each patient’s experience is different as various factors can affect the speed of recovery. Most patients with a desk job can return to work after about 7 days. However, strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least six weeks.
The type and size of the breast implants can affect the duration of the recovery period after breast augmentation.
The placement option chosen is another factor that can influence the recovery timeline. Breast implants may be placed under the breast tissue and over the chest muscle (subglandular) or under the muscle of the chest wall (submuscular). Recovery takes a little longer with submuscular placement since the muscle is affected during surgery.
Your overall health and how you heal will also impact the speed of your recovery after breast augmentation.