Recovery after breast augmentation

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Most people usually ask about the process of choosing the size and shape of your implants, which we do with you in our office on an individual basis, along with reviewing before-and-after photos of other patients. During this consultation we discuss what you can expect with recovery. Healing is an individual process but we can speak generally about when you can resume normal activities after breast augmentation. Most patients go home the day of surgery, and shower the next day. You shouldn’t drive the day you receive anesthesia, but you can drive the day after. It’s normal to feel tired and sore for a few days following surgery, so we provide you with appropriate pain relief medication or you can take over-the-counter pain medicine. You should avoid strenuous activities for about a week. The suture line is woven under the skin and absorbs itself. I remove your steri-strip dressing about a week later in my office. You will need to move your implants and massage your scars through your clothing for a few weeks after surgery. Scar management includes applying creams tailored to your skin type. You also receive three Sciton BroadBand Light (BBL) laser treatments about one month apart, to help fade scars after breast augmentation. 

I recommend wearing a front clasp sports-bra for 3 weeks after surgery, then you can go bra shopping to fit your great new look. I will monitor your recovery closely, and we are always available for questions. With almost two Summer months remaining, you will still be able to show off your curves, and then you can look your new beautiful best for the coming holiday season. 

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