There is some discomfort involved with breast augmentation recovery including some pain, possible bruising, swelling, and limitations on activities for a specific amount of time. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Esmailian takes care to minimize trauma during the procedure to leave you in as little discomfort as possible. He takes every precaution to ensure that breast augmentation risks are reduced and your recovery is as swift as possible. Recovery typically requires a few days to a few weeks and can vary from person to person.

In most cases, strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks. Dr. Esmailian will discuss your particular situation and whether or not specific activities should be avoided and when they can recommence. Daily activities can normally be resumed within 1-2 days and most patients require about 3 days off of work. It is recommended to arrange for someone to assist you at home in the first 24 hours following the cosmetic procedure. You will be instructed to wear a special compression bra for a period of 2 months to assist in your breast augmentation recovery. This will help reduce excess movement to minimize discomfort and inflammation.

Some discomfort and swelling are normal and will dissipate in the days following your surgery revealing your new youthful breasts. To ensure your healing properly, you will have a follow-up visit with Dr. Esmailian at his Orange County location. At this visit, he will inspect and ensure your incisions and implants are healing to expectations. You will also learn how to properly massage your new breasts to keep them soft and natural-feeling.

To minimize breast augmentation risks you may be instructed to stop smoking and what medications (including over-the-counter vitamins, supplements’, and medications) to reduce or stop taking before the procedure. Because this surgery requires general anesthesia it is typical to be instructed to not eat or drink anything the night before the procedure. Approved medications should be taken with minimal water.

While breast augmentation risks are minimal after five decades of medical improvements, they do exist but are minimal. Some risks involved with breast augmentation surgery are bleeding, infection, capsular contracture (hardening of the tissue around the implant), and implant rupture. Improvements in implant material, incision location, and medical advancements since the first breast augmentation in the early 1960s have greatly minimized the risk of silicone leakage, surgical complications, and scar visibility. Despite popular belief, extensive research shows that there is no increased risk for breast cancer in women that have a breast augmentation. The procedure is not temporary and does not require replacement after a specific amount of time. Most women retain sensitivity and function (i.e. breastfeeding). There is, however, a marked increase risk for higher self-esteem, boosted confidence and better fitting clothing.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding breast augmentation recovery or breast augmentation risks, contact Dr. Esmailian and his staff in Orange County for professional and honest answers.