At my plastic surgery practice near Danville, I see many women seeking breast augmentation. Most of them have done their homework and are well-informed about the benefits and risks of the procedure. However, they often overestimate the amount of recovery time they will need after surgery. If you have been thinking about enhancing your breasts but thought you didn’t have the time available for recuperation, consider these facts:
- You can go home the same day. Current surgical techniques allow breast augmentation to be performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you will not be required to stay overnight in a hospital. Usually, my patients are discharged within 1 hour following their breast augmentation. They are sent home wearing very few bandages, including a small one to protect the incision.
- You will be up and moving around the next day. Because I use special surgical techniques that ease the recovery process, my patients have less discomfort and stiffness after surgery. Most are able to perform light tasks, such as showering, the next day and are up and moving around the house.
- You can return to an office job in 3 to 5 days. Desk work with no lifting usually can be resumed in 3 to 5 days, while more active jobs may require a week off from work. My patients are able to perform light cardio exercise in 10 to 14 days, but more strenuous chest exercises should be postponed until 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.