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Learn How to Care for Your Body After Breast Augmentation

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


At Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales and our caring team want to ensure patients are well prepared for any procedure they choose to undergo and have a good idea of what to expect during recovery. This can help to make the healing process smoother, more comfortable, and more efficient. When it comes to breast augmentation surgery specifically, many of Dr. Morales’ patients are able to return to work and other activities as soon as a week after surgery when they adhere to a proper aftercare routine. Here, you’ll find helpful information on how to care for yourself following breast augmentation surgery, as well as answers to common breast augmentation recovery FAQs — like how long you may need to take pain medication, when you’ll be able to eat normally, and others.

How will I feel immediately after breast augmentation surgery?

In the first hour after breast augmentation surgery, which will be spent in the recovery room, it is normal to feel fairly tired and groggy. Patients can also expect to start to notice a feeling of tightness and pressure on the chest, and their breasts will be wrapped in a specialized garment or dressing for support. Once discharged, patients should be driven home by a family member or trusted friend to begin their at-home recovery. Dr. Morales wants to emphasize to patients that this time — particularly the day of surgery — should be devoted to rest. In fact, patients should consider it their job to simply relax and chill.

When will I start pain medication after breast augmentation surgery?

Patients should always follow their surgeon’s postoperative care instructions and take medications as prescribed and directed. Generally speaking, Dr. Morales’ patients may be advised to begin their pain medication about 5 – 6 hours after surgery, with most patients being able to stop their pain medication within about 3 – 5 days. Again, this can vary from patient to patient, so be sure to follow Dr. Morales’ (or your surgeon’s) instructions closely.

What else should I do to care for myself during breast augmentation recovery?

Again, patients should devote the first day or two of their breast augmentation recovery to rest and relaxation. Preparing a comfortable environment ahead of time and arranging for help with children and pets is also important. Some of Dr. Morales’ specific recommendations for breast augmentation aftercare include:

  • Relax
  • Prepare a clean, quiet environment
  • Set up a recliner or an area where you can lie on your back with your upper body elevated
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Be up and walking to and from the bathroom, etc., within about 4 – 5 hours
  • Take pain medications as prescribed and directed
  • Do not have small children, pets, etc., in a position to jump or lay on you
  • Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous physical activity

In most cases, patients feel like eating a normal meal by dinnertime on the day of their surgery. After about one week, most women enjoy significantly diminished swelling and discomfort, and are even able to return to work. Without a doubt, following your breast augmentation recovery instructions closely is one of the best ways to ensure a comfortable, efficient, safe, and successful healing process that will allow you to begin enjoying your newly enhanced look sooner.

For more information on breast augmentation aftercare, watch this short video from Dr. Morales.

Give your feminine silhouette an upgrade with breast augmentation surgery in Houston, TX

Whether you have always been self-conscious about your naturally small breasts or have experienced changes in your breasts over time, you may be excited to learn more about the stunning transformations that are possible with breast augmentation surgery. Regain your confidence and give your curves a sexy boost with breast augmentation surgery by calling Morales Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation with Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales today.

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