How Long Will it Take me to get used to my Breast Implants?

September 17, 2014

Breast implants, also known as breast augmentation, are a safe and effective way for women to improve the appearance of their breasts. Breast implants are recommended to increase fullness for a more feminine figure, restore volume lost by breastfeeding, and improve symmetry.

Getting Used to Breast Implants

Breast implant patients get the best results if they have realistic expectations about their surgery. All reputable plastic surgeons will discuss in detail the various options available to you, and will make recommendations for your improved appearance. Make sure you choose implants which complement your unique body size. Viewing your surgeon’s before and after photos will help you make the best decisions on the type and size of your implants.

Although every woman’s experience is unique, you will get used to your breast implants within a few weeks after surgery.

What should I expect after breast implant surgery?

You will experience some swelling and bruising during first few days after breast implant surgery. This is normal, and will soon dissipate. Dr. Backstein will ensure you know what exactly to expect, and what you must do to improve your recovery time.

You must have plenty of rest during the first few days. Give your body time to recover. This means you must avoid exercise during the first week, especially any upper body exercise—even opening or closing doors! If you have young children, we suggest that you notify them before your surgery that you won’t be able to lift them or carry them for a while.

Your new breasts may feel hard and your chest may feel tight during the first few days. These symptoms will all dissipate likely within the first month.

As you begin to feel better and resume your usual routine, make sure you don’t attempt any exercises without Dr. Backstein’s approval. Most women should avoid heavy lifting or anything strenuous for at least a month.

Make sure you protect your skin from sun damage. Keep your incision sites out of direct sunlight for at least a year, to promote healing and improve the appearance of scars. Although you should always take good care of your skin when it comes to sun exposure, it’s particularly important to give extra care when dealing with recently stitched areas.

Will my breast continue to change?

Your breasts will look and feel completely natural within just a few months. Your skin, muscle and breast tissue will expand to accommodate your implants.

While your breast implants are permanent, your body will still experience the natural aging process. This is perfectly normal and, should you wish, can be fixed over time.

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