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How Early Should I Plan A Breast Augmentation to be Ready for Swimsuit Season?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


The first day of summer is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning for swimsuit season. Breast augmentation is a rewarding procedure that can help you feel confident in bikinis and bathing suits. Breast implants improve or restore your shape if your body has changed due to pregnancy or weight loss. But how far in advance should you plan out this procedure?

Dr. Rolando Morales is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston and recommends waiting two months before getting back into the water. However, the best way to understand your recovery timeline is during a consultation at Morales Plastic Surgery. Our team can provide you with detailed breast augmentation recovery instructions and ensure your outcomes are safe and successful.

What's involved with breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation involves medical-grade saline or silicone implants that provide more volume to your natural tissue. The implants are usually inserted through a small incision made in natural creases under the breast, around the areolae, or around the belly button. Dr. Morales can help you choose the best implant shape and size to achieve natural-looking results.

What should I expect during recovery?

While breast augmentation recovery is relatively short, patients should take time off from work and strenuous exercises so their breasts can settle and heal properly. You may wear a compression garment or support bra to help position the breasts and feel more comfortable. The tissue may feel a bit tight, but this is normal as the skin and muscles adjust to the new breast implants.

When can I get in the water?

Many of our patients enjoy time by the pool, spa, or ocean in the summer. But it's important to remember that these bodies of water contain either chemicals or bacteria that could damage your healing skin. Even bath water can be a breeding ground for bacteria that could cause an infection. That's why our plastic surgeon in Houston recommends waiting two months after surgery before getting back in the water.

What about wearing a bathing suit?

As long as your incisions remain clean and covered, there's no reason to avoid wearing bathing suits. So, spending time by the pool or beach is possible! Of course, breast augmentation patients should always keep the incision sites out of the sun to avoid redness, irritation, and scarring. Please don't put any creams or lotions on the area unless Dr. Morales has approved them.

Are there ways to speed up breast augmentation recovery?

Patients are not advised to get in the water before the two-month mark. However, following our postoperative instructions will ensure a speedy recovery free from complications. This includes avoiding strenuous activities and workouts, drinking water to keep your skin hydrated, and getting plenty of rest.

It's best to plan out breast augmentation surgery, so it doesn't interfere with big vacation or travel plans. So whether you're ready for breast implants now or want to wait until a more convenient time, our staff at Morales Plastic Surgery is more than happy to help plan out your procedure.

Schedule your breast augmentation

Breast implants are a popular choice for women who want to increase their cup size and look fabulous in a bathing suit. If you're interested in learning about this procedure or scheduling a consultation at Morales Plastic Surgery, call to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston. Dr. Rolando Morales can review your options for breast augmentation, discuss recovery guidelines, and answer any questions you may have about proper healing.

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