Breast Augmentation

What to Expect in the First 6 Months after Breast Augmentation

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It’s a good idea to do a little research about what to expect after your breast augmentation before your procedure. That way, not only will you have plenty of time to prepare, but you’ll also have a good idea of what’s considered “normal” after getting breast implants so you can put the panic button down and rest easy.

This comprehensive guide should help you plan for the first six months after your breast enhancement procedure.

Week 1

During the first week after your breast augmentation, you’ll want to focus on taking it easy and paying close attention to your plastic surgeon’s recovery instructions. Feeling some tightness or tenderness at this stage of recovery is to be expected, but these side effects should gradually improve over the next days and weeks. Wear the surgical bra or compression garment that your plastic surgeon recommends, and apply cool packs to areas that are swollen, bruised or tender.

Arrange for some extra help around the house during the first week of recovery. If you have young children, you’ll need some help caring for them during this time as well.

Weeks 2 and 3

After the first week or so, you should notice a considerable improvement in swelling and bruising. Most women are able to return to work and other light daily activities around this time. Still, it’s important that you avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous physical activities. Light walking, however, is great because it improves your circulation, boosts your mood and is beneficial for your overall health and wellness.

Weeks 4 and 5

Around weeks 4 and 5 after getting breast implants, swelling and bruising should be on their way out and you should feel more energetic. Consult your plastic surgeon before introducing any new workouts or physical activity into your routine, though, as your body is still healing.

While you should have a better idea of what your final results will look like at this point, it can take longer for your implants to completely “drop and fluff,” or settle into place. So don’t be discouraged if your results aren’t exactly what you’d hoped for just yet.

It’s not uncommon for one breast to drop and fluff more quickly than the other.

Week 6 to 3 Months

You should be able to resume your normal exercise routine around week 6, but it’s still a good idea to check in with your plastic surgeon before doing so. Always listen to your body. If a particular exercise causes pain or discomfort, skip it for now and try something different.

Around the three-month mark, your breast implants should have settled into a more natural-looking position on your chest wall. While your final results are still developing, you should now have a good idea of what they’ll look like.

Months 4 and 5

You may still have some slight residual swelling around months 4 and 5 after your breast augmentation, but for the most part, what you see now will be very close to your final outcome. You should be back to your regular workout routine and shouldn’t have pain or discomfort.

Month 6

After the six-month mark, your breast augmentation results are about as close as final as they’re going to get. While you might still see some very small changes to your breasts over the next several weeks, what you see now when you look in the mirror is your final result. If you have any specific questions or concerns, give your plastic surgeon’s office a call.


What to Expect in the First 6 Months after Breast Augmentation
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What to Expect in the First 6 Months after Breast Augmentation
Not sure what to expect after breast augmentation? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Harrington of Plymouth, Minnesota shares a helpful timeline.
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