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Is My Breast Augmentation Surgery Recovery Normal

Knowing what to expect on the breast augmentation surgery recovery journey can help reduce your anxiety as well as improve your adherence to post-operative instructions.

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Is Your Breast Augmentation Surgery Recovery Normal?

Undergoing breast augmentation surgery is an extremely personal decision. However, before you finally achieve your aesthetic goals, you need to consider several factors.

It goes without saying that, not understanding what to expect during the recovery period can make people anxious. So, we have done most of the work for you. Below are the different phases of breast augmentation recovery so you can get a glimpse of what to expect post-operatively to help put your mind at ease.

What are the Types of Breast Augmentation Surgery?

There are two main types of breast augmentation.

  • First, you have Cosmetic breast implant surgery. This surgical procedure alters not only the size but also the shape of the breasts. This is done by using either a silicone or saline implant that is inserted behind the breast tissue or below the pectoralis muscle (chest muscle).
  • While the second is Breast reconstruction surgery. This surgical procedure reconstructs or rebuilds one or both breasts using either breast implants or fat tissue from another part of the body of the patient. Breast reconstruction surgery is often done on patients who have had surgical removal of the breasts to prevent the spread of breast cancer.

For more comprehensive results, you can combine a breast augmentation with a breast lift (mastopexy).

How Long is the Recovery Time After Breast Augmentation?

It’s important to keep in mind that every patient is unique. Therefore, the recovery time may vary from person to person. However, surgeons generally agree that full recovery can occur around the 6-week mark.

After surgery, your surgeon will assess your overall health status and provide you with a more definitive breast augmentation recovery timeline.

What Should You Expect During the Recovery Period?

Immediately after breast surgery, you will likely feel groggy due to the effects of general anaesthesia. If the breast implants were inserted under the pectoralis muscle, you may feel a tight sensation or muscle ache in your chest. As your chest muscle stretches and relaxes, these discomforts will gradually decrease.

After a few hours, you may experience a reduction in sleepiness and breast soreness. Your surgeon or nurse will wrap your operated breasts with a special bra or an elastic bandage to support the healing breasts and prevent trauma to the incision line.

Once the health care team has evaluated your health condition and there were no untoward signs and symptoms, you will be then discharged from the hospital. However, you must have someone to drive you home because you will be unable to drive.

The first 3 to 5 days is when you are most likely to experience discomfort. To alleviate the pain and swelling, your surgeon will advise you to take the prescribed medication. You may also notice minor bleeding at the surgical site, which is normal. However, if uncontrolled bleeding is present, consult your primary care provider immediately.

Recovery After week 1

After one week, the pain at the surgical site tends to become tolerable, and your reliance on pain medication will lessen. In addition, and with your surgeon’s approval, you may gradually resume some of your daily activities. However, you will still need to avoid strenuous activities and religiously wear your support bra for a better cosmetic result.

In the weeks following the surgery, minimum breast soreness and swelling may still be present but these will not cause significant discomforts. While you may feel that you are almost recovered, caution is still needed in regard to heavy lifting and vigorous activities like running and performing high-intensity exercises. In addition, if you have a physically demanding job, you will need to take extra time off work to allow your breasts to heal.

After 2 months, the surgical incisions should fully heal with no signs of bruising, bleeding, soreness, or redness. Although, you may still need to wear a support bra. You can also get back to work and resume most of your normal activities. Your surgeon will let you know what activities will work best for you to prevent complications.

What are the Possible Complications of Breast Augmentation?

Just like all types of surgery recovery, breast augmentation poses potential complications, such as:

What are the Self-Help Strategies to Improve Recovery Time After Breast Augmentation?

The success of breast augmentation will depend on how well you heal. To improve recovery time after breast augmentation, adhere to the following self-help strategies:

  • Wear support bras to reduce breast pain and swelling.
  • Apply the prescribed ointment to your surgical incisions. This helps prevent infection.
  • Ensure you take your pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications to manage discomfort.
  • It is also advisable to wear loose-fitting, breathable clothes, as it promotes comfort and prevents injury to the incision site.
  • Avoid strenuous activities to prevent tension on the healing wound.
  • Increase the intake of protein-rich foods to accelerate the wound-healing process.

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Can You Still Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation does not affect your ability to breastfeed. In fact, a 2019 study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal found that women who gave birth after primary breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants were able to breastfeed their infants without complications. [1]

Is Breast Augmentation Safe?

The safety of the procedure depends on the material used in the breast implant. For instance, the use of implants with higher or more cohesive gel is associated with a lower risk of rupture or break. [2] Your surgeon will decide which breast implants will best suit your body’s anatomy and desired cosmetic results.

Want to know more about breast augmentation and the types of breast implants that will work best for you? Send in an enquiry form below or call us.


  1. US National Library of Medicine on Lactation Outcomes in More Than 3500 Women Following Primary Augmentation: 5-Year Data From the Breast Implant Follow-Up Study
  2. National Center for Biotechnology Information on Breast Augmentation

Specialist Plastic Surgeons and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeons are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

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Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

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Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

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Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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