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Here's How to Care for Yourself After Breast Augmentation Surgery

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Many women undergo breast augmentation to increase the size of their breasts and feel more confident in their figure. However, make no mistake: breast augmentation is a real surgical procedure that carries risks. It is important to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon and stay informed to ensure post-operative results are both safe and successful.

To ensure a smooth and safe recovery, patients should take good care of themselves after breast augmentation. Below, Dr. Rolando Morales offers helpful tips and advice so you can do just that. Call Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston for a breast assessment and learn about the recovery process today.

What areas are affected by breast augmentation surgery?

The incisions for breast augmentation can be made in several places depending on your cosmetic goals and the implants chosen:

  • Around the areolae
  • Under the breast
  • In the underarm
  • Around the belly button

Dr. Morales will work with you to determine the best incision location during a consultation. We also discuss implant types and if you are a good candidate for a breast lift at the same time. These decisions may impact the recovery process and timeline.

What happens during breast augmentation recovery?

Morales Plastic Surgery uses advanced tools and techniques to minimize time spent in recovery as much as possible. That said, some discomfort and swelling are to be expected. Our patients in Houston are given a medical support bra or compression bandage after surgery to relieve unwanted side effects and support their new breasts.

Breast augmentation recovery is generally short. Bandages can be removed after several days, and patients can return to work and light activities. Swelling begins to fade within several weeks, and results will become more fully visible during this time.

How to care for yourself following breast augmentation

Dr. Morales will provide a set of post-operative instructions that must be followed to ensure a safe and smooth recovery. These may include:

  • Get help at home: Friends and family members can provide support by assisting with household chores, meal preparation, and childcare while you recover.
  • Rest on your back slightly elevated: This keeps your breasts in a natural position and reduces swelling and inflammation.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise: Strenuous workouts and heavy lifting may pull on the healing areas. However, taking short walks is encouraged to reduce your risk of blood clots.
  • Care for your incisions: Keep the incision sites clean and dry. Do not submerge the area in water and avoid contact with dirt or other debris.

Patients should know that everyone's experience is different. Recovery times may vary depending on your body and how well you take care of yourself after breast augmentation surgery.

Dr. Morales will monitor your progress and let you know when it is safe to return to normal routines. We are here to answer any questions and address your post-operative concerns along the way.

Learn about breast augmentation recovery

Breast augmentation recovery is unique for each patient. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales and the team at Morales Plastic Surgery are here to ensure a smooth experience from start to finish. Schedule a consultation in Houston to learn more about our processes and what you can expect during recovery. We help you achieve safe and long-lasting results.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.