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Breast Augmentation recovery is typically 4-6 weeks. The exact recovery length depends on your body’s own healing abilities and other factors such as age, genetics and the techniques and extent of the surgery carried out.

You must also have regular follow up appointments with your surgeon to ensure you have healed correctly and that you are happy with your results. Patients are typically fully recovered after 6 months when the breasts have settled into place and all swelling and discomfort has subsided.


What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation, also known as a Boob Job or Breast Enlargement, is a surgical cosmetic procedure that uses breast implants to enhance the shape and size of your breasts. Breast Augmentation is a common procedure after pregnancy or significant weight loss for women who want to add size and shape to their breasts. It is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the UK, with over 4,000 carried out in 2023.

Your surgeon will discreetly make an incision under each of the breasts. The breast and chest tissues are then separated to create a pocket. The implants are carefully placed either in front or behind the pectoral muscle through this incision. The implants will be aligned to ensure they maintain their position, after which the incision is closed with stitches and dressings are put in place. The choice of implant size and shape depends on the patient's desired outcome, and what will create the most flattering result.

At Cadogan Clinic, we only use silicone breast implants, supplied by licensed and approved manufacturers. Our expert surgeons typically use implants from Sebbin, Mentor and Motiva.


How Long is Breast Enhancement Recovery Time?

The Breast Enhancement recovery time can range from 4 weeks to 2 months. Some patients may take longer to recover, as the extent of the procedure can affect the recovery time. Individual healing abilities can also affect the recovery time as well as age, genetics and the placement of the incisions.


What May Impact Breast Augmentation Recovery?

Alcohol and caffeine intake as well as excessive movement or lifting heavy weights are some of the factors that can impact recovery times. 

  • Intense movement or overexertion may cause discomfort and swelling in your chest area, or seroma or haematoma which can affect your recovery and may require further surgical intervention to address.
  • Drinking too much alcohol or caffeine, may affect your hydration levels and interfere with the recovery process, causing inflammation throughout the body.
  • Your surgeon will ask you to give up smoking and vaping for at least 6 weeks before your surgery, and this should continue during your recovery period. Smoking and vaping reduce the levels of oxygen in the body’s tissues, which can seriously impact your ability to heal effectively.
  • Following the post-operative care instructions supplied by your surgeon is critical for recovery. This includes taking any medications they have provided, having plenty of rest, and limiting your activity. At Cadogan Clinic, we offer a 24/7 on-call nurse service and access to ongoing wound care to ensure proper recovery after your surgery.
  • You should sleep on your back with your upper body slightly elevated after the surgery for up to 3 weeks. This minimises fluid buildup and the infection risk while increasing blood circulation and keeping the breasts in a more natural position to heal.
  • It’s best not to drive for the first 10 days after the procedure due to the lack of movement and discomfort after Breast Augmentation. It is important to speak with your insurance provider to find out how long your policy stipulates you must not drive for following general anaesthetic surgery.

At Cadogan Clinic, we use TIVA (Total Intravenous Anaesthetic) anaesthetic to reduce the initial recovery time after the surgery. The use of TIVA ensures less post-operative nausea and sickness after waking. This means you are more comfortable on waking and are able to go home to recover sooner. 

Cadogan Clinic’s surgical infection rate is less than 1%, in comparison to the national average of 4.7%. We are dedicated to the highest levels of patient safety and care, which improves our patient satisfaction and allows for the best results. Our surgeons provide comprehensive support throughout your surgical and recovery process following Breast Augmentation surgery, ensuring a smooth healing journey and high quality results.


Breast Augmentation Recovery Week-By-Week Timeline

The recovery timeline of a Breast Augmentation procedure starts from one week up to two months or more. The week-by-week recovery after a Breast Augmentation surgery is as follows:

  • 1-week post-op Breast Augmentation: Patients may experience discomfort and swelling around their chest area, which can be managed with painkillers and medication. It’s common to see some scarring and bruising after Breast Augmentation around the incision area. Most patients can go for gentle walks or light exercises after their boob job if there isn't much discomfort. However, the swelling gradually subsides as part of the breast surgery healing process. 1 week after your surgery, you will have a follow up appointment with our specialist nurses to check your incisions and assess your healing.
  • 3-6 weeks following Breast Augmentation: The swelling and bruising will be reduced significantly. The breasts will also start to look more natural as they settle into place - a process known as dropping and fluffing. At 4 weeks post-Breast Augmentation, you can expect a continued reduction in swelling and discomfort. The breasts will continue to look more natural. However, before engaging in more intense activities during recovery, it's essential to consult with your surgeon to determine what is safe for you. Following their guidance, you may be able to start light cardio and possibly lift light weights as part of your recovery process. At 6 weeks, you will have a follow up appointment with your surgeon to discuss your results and recovery.
  • 3 months after your Breast Augmentation: Around three months post-op, the swelling should have resolved completely, allowing for a clearer view of your results. During this stage, it's crucial to continue following your surgeon's advice regarding physical activities. Although light exercises might be permitted, it's essential to approach more intense activities like weightlifting with caution, ensuring that your body is ready for such exertion. Your breasts will feel softer, and the surgical incisions should be completely healed.
  • 6 months: By the six-month mark, your breasts should be fully healed, with the implants settled into their final position. You should have been able to return to all of your previous activities. The drop and fluff stage is usually complete by this time, resulting in a more natural and softer appearance of the breasts. 

Words From Our Founder

Mr. Bryan Mayou

Recovery following Breast Augmentation typically takes 4 to 6 weeks, during which time patients are advised to wear a surgical bra and refrain from engaging in strenuous activities or exercise. This period allows for optimal healing and adjustment to the implants. Our clinic provides the highest quality post-operative care and support to ensure patients' comfort and well-being throughout the recovery process. Our priority is to guide individuals safely through their journey, ensuring they achieve the desired results with minimal discomfort and downtime.
Mr. Bryan Mayou

FAQs

Yes, you can breastfeed your child after a breast enhancement surgery. However, it's crucial to discuss your intentions to breastfeed after a breast enhancement procedure with your surgeon during your initial consultation. They can take steps to preserve the milk ducts and glandular tissue, which are essential for breastfeeding. The ability to breastfeed successfully after surgery can vary depending on the surgical technique used and how well these structures are preserved. If you experience any discomfort while feeding or have concerns about breastfeeding, consult with your surgeon or a breastfeeding specialist.

Travelling abroad for Breast Augmentation might save you money, but it's important to be cautious as lower prices can sometimes mean less expertise and compromised safety. Recovery can be complicated by travel and result in limited access to your surgeon for follow-up care. It's crucial to plan accordingly and ensure you have adequate support and resources for complete recovery. Any reputable surgeon who works across a number of countries will give you a contact in your own country to help with any urgent recovery queries and support.

It's best to choose bras that provide proper support and comfort post-surgery. Sports bras or surgical compression bras with front closures are ideal choices. Look for bras with soft, seamless fabric to avoid irritation and ensure even compression to aid the healing process. All Cadogan Clinic patients are provided with a surgical bra following Breast Augmentation as part of their surgical package.

It's best to wait at least 6-8 weeks before lifting weights, as intense activities can affect healing and implant positioning. Always follow your surgeon's specific guidelines and start with lighter weights, gradually increasing as you gain strength and approval from your surgeon. Your surgeon will advise whether you are ready to lift weights or undertake more strenuous exercise again, after your 6 week follow up appointment.

You may be able to sleep on your side after 2-4 weeks, but it's important to use pillows for support and to avoid putting pressure on your chest. Follow your surgeon's advice and listen to your body to ensure comfort and proper healing.

Typically, you can resume driving once you're off pain medication, have a full range of motion, and feel comfortable behind the wheel. This is usually within a week or two post-surgery but always consult with your surgeon for personalised advice based on your recovery progress.

After your breast surgery, it's recommended to sleep on your back with your upper body slightly elevated using pillows or a post-operative wedge pillow. This position helps reduce swelling and supports healing. Avoid sleeping on your stomach or sides for the first few weeks, as this can put pressure on your breasts and affect the healing process, potentially leading to a complication known as breadloafing. Consult with your surgeon for specific guidance and any adjustments based on your recovery.


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