How long does it take to recover from breast enhancement surgery?

Depending on which type of surgery you undergo, full recovery can take anywhere from six months to a year. Your body will need this amount of time to fully adjust from the changes made during the surgery as well as the trauma caused by the surgery itself.




How long before I can return to work?

Returning to work after surgery could take less than a week. In some cases it may take a month or even longer. It really depends on the type of surgery you have, whether or not you follow your surgeon's recovery instructions, and the type of work you are returning to.


Physically demanding work will require more time before you can return to full, active duty. Light duty work, such as clerical work, will require less time for recovery before you can return to work.


What can I expect immediately following the surgery?

Depending on the complexity of your procedure, you may or may not need to remain overnight in the hospital. Most women return to their home within a few hours after surgery.


You will need to rest in bed immediately following your surgery. You will need to plan your recovery properly and have friends/family available to assist you during the first week (and maybe longer) after surgery.


Will I need to take any drugs after surgery?


Your surgeon will most likely prescribe two medications: a pain killer and an antibiotic. The pain killer is for obvious reasons, and the antiobiotic is for thwarting the onset of an infection. If you want to learn more, you should speak with your surgeon about what he or she wil prescribe for your recovery.


How can I learn more about the recovery process?

You can learn more about the recovery process by researching online. There are a lot of websites, user forums, and user groups that share information between actual people who've undergone a plastic surgery procedure. Join those forums and start communicating!


For the most up to date information regarding recovery time, you will need to visit with a board certified plastic surgeon. You can find a list of surgeons in your area by visiting the American Society of Plastic Surgeon's website and performing a search for your geographic region.