Breast Augmentation RecoveryAfter a breast implant or augmentation surgery, the patient will have a long road of recovery ahead. Chest pain and swelling are common place following saline or silicone implants. The patient’s implant surgeon may recommend a supportive bra to reduce swelling, or the implant surgeon may know of a specialty recovery place like a spa that helps the patient during recovery. But the main thing the patient needs during recovery following breast augmentation is time.

Immediately after waking up from the anesthesia given by the surgeon during the breast implant procedure, you will be in the recovery room. It is common to feel some discomfort and chest pain. The anesthesia can also make you more emotional, sleepy, drowsy, cold, or nauseous. If you feel any chest pain, ask the attending nurse to give you a pain reliever.

During recovery from your breast augmentation surgery, the surgeon may recommend you ice your breasts to reduce swelling. To prevent fluid build-up in your chest, the implant surgeon may leave surgical drains in your chest; this will help with swelling as well.

Your implant surgeon may prescribe an antibiotic regimen following your breast augmentation. This paired with a pain reliever will reduce swelling and inflammation and reduce the risk of a secondary infection. You’ll want to keep your sutures and incision sites clean and dry.

You may experience soreness, pain, swelling and bruising of your breasts, as well as tenderness, numbness, loss of sensitivity or oversensitivity of the nipples. Bathing and sleeping with your new breasts can pose a challenge as well. Many implant surgeons recommend sleeping in a recliner chair or on your back propped up with pillows, which reduces swelling and fluid build-up. You’ll also want to get up and walk around as much as possible, to reduce the risk of blood clots forming during recovery from your breast implant surgery. You may also notice splashing or creaking noises coming from your breasts while the silicone implants settle.

If you have excessive swelling or pain in your chest following your breast augmentation surgery, alert your implant surgeon immediately. Also if you notice excessive bleeding or pus from your implant site or nipples, implant extrusion or displacement, implant leakage or deflation, numbness or dizziness. If you experience excessive chest pain that will not pass, spitting up blood, severe swelling or discoloration, convulsions, or extremely high fever, notify your implant surgeon and get to a hospital immediately.

A very real risk of breast implants, especially silicone implants, is they may rupture or leak, causing some of the symptoms above during and after recovery. With saline the risk is slightly reduced as saline is natural in the body where silicone is not.

You may choose to complete some or all of the recovery following your breast augmentation surgery in a special spa or other location that specializes in recovery following breast augmentation. Your implant surgeon should be able to recommend a place.