1. The First Week: Expect some tightness and discomfort.
Immediately after your breast augmentation surgery, you’ll likely feel groggy and “out of it”; those are the after-effects of general anesthesia. That’s why we require someone to drive you home from surgery. You may also want to arrange for some home care during the first couple of days after your surgery.
We recommend resting and relaxing as much as possible during this time, but we do want you up and about walking around. You should also avoid lifting anything over the weight of a gallon of milk, about 5 pounds. If you have small children at home, consider arranging for their care.
2. The Second Week: Getting closer to normal.
Most patients can return to work after 5-7 days following the surgery. The only exception to this rule is if you have a more physical job that requires lifting; if that’s the case, you may want to wait until after your second week of recovery to return to work.
Towards the end of your second week of recovery, you may be given the green light to engage in light physical activities. You should also attend your follow-up appointments as scheduled, as they’re crucial for your plastic surgeon to check in with your healing process.