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How Long is Breast Augmentation Recovery?

For women seeking breast augmentation, the recovery period involved is often one of the top areas of concern. But just like any procedure, allowing the body to heal is a crucial step in the journey. While we understand that you may be itching to get back to your lifestyle and daily routine, it’s essential you take the best possible steps to give your body the best chance at bouncing back.

Each woman’s breast augmentation recovery differs from one to another. Remember, everyone’s immune systems and ways of dealing with surgical treatment vary. How your body handles the healing period is unique to yourself as an individual. But as you put your feet up and let the magic happen, keep in mind that the wait is all well worth it in the end.

Understanding the process involved in recovering from implants

Depending on your age, existing cup size, physical condition, skin elasticity and hormone levels, your breast augmentation recovery period time will reflect your body’s ability to deal with the change.

During your initial consultation with Dr Leana Teston, the steps to a better healing journey will be outlined to you. It’s recommended that you follow these instructions carefully so that you give your body the best possible chance at healing effectively. Understanding the importance of this phase, Dr Teston will provide you with clear insights into what the recovery experience will look and feel like, and the types of activities you can and cannot do, depending on your healing progress.

Why it’s important to choose the right surgeon

A fully qualified female specialist plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon – like Dr Leana Teston – who understands the many stages of breast augmentation recovery can guide you on the right path to a speedy recovery. This means you can avoid a long waiting period and time off work when you could have otherwise been amongst the action again.

It takes good judgement and surgical techniques to position incisions strategically enough for the best outcome to the patient, so choosing a specialist plastic surgeon who can do this and apply sutures well, is critical to the healing phase.

Most of all, the right surgeon knows who to place implants according to your body tissue, eliminating the risk of complications from occurring. While there can be hiccups if not conducted properly, surgeons who understand the body type they’re working with, who you are as a patient, and your health status, all determines how long you will have to wait to see a full recovery.

Below is a simple step-by-step guide you can use as an outline to what your days after surgery will look like.

Day one after surgery

While the procedure lasts around three hours, the length of the surgery will also depend on the complexity of each case. After the surgery is complete, you will head to a recovery room where you’ll be supervised by medical staff as you wake up from the anaesthesia. When you wake up from the operation, your breasts will be bandaged firmly.

Dr Teston usually keeps patients in the hospital for the first post-op night, to ensure you receive adequate pain relief and can receive intravenous antibiotics to decrease any risk of infection. In the morning, Dr Teston will change your surgical dressing and get you into a lycra crop top. This provides sufficient compression to aid the healing process and will keep your new breasts in place.

It’s recommended you have a family member or a friend be with you when you wake so that you can be transported home, as you will not be able to drive.

It’s likely you’ll feel very fatigued and need lots of sleep – trust your body and let it relax if it’s asking for it. When sleeping, do so in an inclined position. Only sleep on your back at an angle of around 30 degrees. This is important while you still have a lot of swelling. Invest in a good wedge pillow to help prop yourself up, or use a recliner chair if it is more comfortable.

You will be able to take a shower the first day after the operation.

Day two after surgery

If possible, have someone you know stay with you at least for the first night after you return home. You’ll be a bit groggy and likely disorientated, so having the extra hand will be required. They’ll be able to bring you water, medication and prevent any falls.

During this period, you will need to continue wearing the lycra compression bra to help give your breast implants support. This is placed over the bandages that are covering the area and the incisions. Wearing this garment is crucial because it helps reduce swelling and will stop stress being placed on stitched by preventing breast movement.

Under your skin, small tubes will be placed to drain any fluids and excess blood. These will be required for the about 48 hours after the breast augmentation surgery. During this time, you may feel like your chest is tight, due to all the swelling. This is completely normal.

Following your implants surgery, it’s critical you take prescribed pain medication as outlined, especially during the first week of recovery. During your follow-up visit, the bandages and drainage tubes will be removed.

The first week after surgery

While you’ll be given a personalised recovery plan, you can expect the process to look like this:

  • You’ll be asked to wear a compression bra for 24 hours a day during your breast augmentation recovery.
  • You will need to avoid impact on your chest.
  • Your breasts may experience sensations that are painful and may also feel hard. This is likely to happen for a few weeks.
  • You’ll be asked not to drive until after you have finished taking all prescribed medication. Additionally, it’s recommended you avoid driving in general (while you’re healing), as it puts a strain on your incisions.
  • If you experience any excessive pain and swelling, contact Dr Teston or your surgeon immediately.
  • You will be able to return to work about a week after your implants treatment. However, if your job is a physically demanding one, you may need extra time off.

From weeks two to six

  • During this period, you’re in the final stages of recovery, so the stitches will be removed (if not absorbable).
  • You can begin to perform very light exercise after the three-week mark.
  • It’s still recommended to avoid heavy exercise or lifting until after six weeks.
  • Your first menstrual period may cause some pain or swelling in the breasts. This is normal.

Want to find out more about how breast augmentation and implants can help you reclaim your confidence? Get in touch with Dr Teston today on (02) 9708 3511.

Procedures Offered


With more than two decades of experience in plastic surgery, Dr Teston is qualified to provide a broad range of plastic surgery procedures. Some of the choices available to her patients include:

Breast Enhancement

No matter what cosmetic goals you might have for your breasts, Dr Teston can help you achieve them. One of her specialties is correcting asymmetries between the breasts that cause a woman to feel self-conscious about her body. Other breast procedures offered by Dr Teston include:

Facial Improvements

Whether you are concerned about the effects of ageing or looking to correct an imperfection that has been nagging you throughout your adult life, Dr Teston offers procedures to enhance and refresh your appearance. She can customise any of the following to your specifications and facial proportions:

  • Facelift to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Eyelid surgery to correct drooping and rejuvenate the area around the eyes
  • Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping to create symmetry, remove imperfections, or restore the nose after injury
  • Otoplasty (or ear surgery) to correct ears that stick out or are disproportionately large
Body Contouring

Body contouring is an effective way to put the final touches on your body shape when you can’t get there with diet and exercise alone. Body contouring is usually recommended for patients that have achieved a healthy, stable weight and may include the following:

  • Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) to tighten and flatten the midsection
  • Lift procedures to shape and firm the upper arms and thighs
  • Liposuction to remove isolated, stubborn areas of fat from nearly anywhere on the body
  • Labiaplasty to correct discomfort due to either developmental or hormonal enlargements or scarring
Skin Treatments

As the largest organ of the body, the skin deserves special attention. When you want to get rid of unsightly moles, fatty lumps, or other concerns, Dr Teston is prepared to eliminate the blemish and leave the best cosmetic results behind. Some of the concerns Dr Teston can treat include:

Hand Restoration

Your hands are one of the most functional and visible parts of the body, and when they are injured or affected by a debilitating condition, the effects on your life can be dramatic. Dr Teston offers hand surgery to treat many of these concerns, with the following being some of the hand conditions she treats:

When you are in search of a plastic surgeon in Sydney, Dr Teston offers a valuable female perspective, extensive training and experience, and a commitment to the highest level of patient care. To learn more about our practice, contact our office today at (02) 9708 3511.