Florence Mussat, M.D.
680 N Lake Shore Dr. #1030 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-9000


Breast Augmentation Recovery: What You Can Expect After Surgery


Women get breast augmentation for a myriad of reasons. One of the most common is to feel more feminine than before. Yet, before a woman can enjoy the full benefits of her breast enhancement surgery, she needs to go through the recovery stage first. Like the pre-surgical preparations, recovery period is an essential part of any woman’s breast augmentation journey.

If you are wondering what your breast augmentation recovery will be like, here are some things you can expect during this stage.

The First 24 Hours

You can expect grogginess and weakness after you wake up, so it’s best to arrange for someone to drive you home, or to your accommodation if you live outside of Chicago. You can also expect pain once the anesthesia wears off, but you can find relief with prescription pain medication that Dr. Mussat will prescribe to you.

The First Seven Days

Continue to expect soreness, bruising, and swelling after 24 hours post surgery. You can also feel pain, but it will become less intense as each day passes. At this time, you can take over-the-counter pain medication, like Tylenol, to find pain relief. However, Dr. Mussat advises to avoid aspirin and ibuprofen, as they can increase the risk of hemorrhage. With Dr. Mussat’s consent, you can take a shower after two days.

The First Two Weeks

You may return to work in the first week after surgery. You may resume your normal activities as well. However, you’ll need to limit them to less strenuous ones, as heavy lifting or bending may strain and open the incisions. Your surgeon may remove the bandages at this time, and will ask you to wear a surgical bra or compression garment to help the implants settle at their proper, permanent position.

Six weeks after

The pain, swelling, and bruising will have subsided by this time, and you may return to your exercise regimen. You may also start bra shopping at this time, and flaunt your new curves.

Throughout your recovery period, Dr. Mussat will check up on you regularly to ensure that you’ll heal properly.

As you can see, the most crucial part of the breast augmentation recovery is the first two weeks. After that, you can slowly return to living your amazing life. If you have more questions about breast augmentation, or would like to book an appointment, call Dr. Mussat’s office today.