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How long is the recovery time after having a breast augmentation?

A breast augmentation procedure is a surgical procedure whereby implants are inserted into the chest, either below or above the muscle. The surgeon will make an incision along the fold under the breast and sometimes up to and around the nipple (when combined with breast uplifting), before making a pocket for the breast implant.

Where the breast implant is placed has some impact on your recovery time. If it is placed underneath the muscle, there may be some muscle-related pain. Patients commonly complain of pressure and discomfort in the chest area if the muscle has been operated on.

Some patients also complain of pain and discomfort in the nipples, but this will start to ease after a few days. Bruising and swelling of the breast are also common side effects of a breast augmentation procedure and they can take a few weeks to go down completely.

What scarring should I expect after a breast augmentation?

A breast augmentation commonly involves an incision in the inframammory fold underneath the breast. If necessary, your surgeon may make a further incision that runs up to the nipple in an anchor shape (when combined with breast uplifting). Leicester-based surgeon Mr Yii offers a lengthy consultation with patients considering a breast augmentation and will fully explain everything you should expect from the scarring to recovery times.

When will I be able to return to work after a breast augmentation?

In the first few weeks after surgery it is important to avoid strenuous exercise, particularly overuse of the arms or chest. Most patients return to work after a couple of weeks.

Your health prior to your surgery will have a direct bearing on how quickly you recover. Patients that are fit and well and do not smoke usually experience less downtime and are able to return to normal activities much quicker than other patients.