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One of the most important questions on many patients’ minds is, “how long will it take me to recover from breast augmentation surgery?” At Bronx Plastic Surgery, we follow a holistic approach to your surgery as well as your breast augmentation recovery.  We always treat our clients with the best of care, beginning with the consultation and lasting through to your post-surgery recovery. While breast augmentation surgery or breast implant surgery may be intimidating to some clients, innovations in cosmetic surgery have reduced the recovery time significantly for this procedure in recent years.

What to expect after your Breast Augmentation Surgery
Plan on 1-5 days of rest and recovery following your breast augmentation procedure. Each patient recovers at their own pace and with varied periods of time. In general, a patient commonly can go back to work in a few days after their breast augmentation procedure, but any strenuous activities needs to be avoided for at least three weeks or more during the recovery period. It can take up to six months for the effects of the procedure to be fully realized, although some patients may see results in a shorter period of time. Recovery from this procedure should not be rushed. Should you have concerns or questions during your recovery period, please call our office and our staff can provide assistance.

What to Expect:

  • Some bruising around breast area
  • Swelling around breast area
  • Pain and discomfort in the breast area
  • Possible nausea
  • Possible constipation if too much pain medication is taken


  • Don’t sleep on your stomach during recovery.
  • No exercise for at least 2 weeks
  • No lifting your arms above your shoulders
  • No lifting heavy objects for at least 2 weeks
  • Avoid getting your wounds wet for the first couple of days, you may take a shower but no bath for a minimum of 2 weeks
  • Don’t consume alcohol during your recovery as it will conflict with your prescribed pain medication


  • Set up a quite recovery area at home so that you limit your movement and get plenty of rest.
  • Set up a small table near your recovery area so that snacks,drinks, and medication are readily available.
  • Take the prescribed dosage of your pain medicine, no more, no less.
  • Wear loose clothing.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Sleep on your back for 2 weeks
  • Return for your schedule follow up.

Breast augmentation is a viable option for many patients who feel embarrassed or self-conscious about their breast size or body shape. With decades of experience, Dr. Robert Goldstein of Bronx Plastic Surgery is among the most esteemed Board-certified cosmetic specialists and skilled surgeons in the business. At the hands of our caring professionals, we guarantee a comfortable and discreet experience, with results you can feel great about. Bronx Plastic Surgery staff takes great measures to provide exceptional pain management and breast augmentation recovery care.

During your first consultation at Bronx Plastic Surgery, our expert surgeons will explore your options with you based on your personal needs and desired results. Here, we believe your breast augmentation recovery is just as important as your surgery. If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation, the distinguished professionals at Bronx Plastic Surgery are here to help. Bronx Plastic Surgery will cater to your needs, with natural-looking results and dedicated and caring staff. Contact us today for a consultation!

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