The First 24 Hours After Breast Augmentation

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and Nearby Nevada

February 24, 2024

Breast augmentation in Las VegasEvery woman has different expectations and experiences with breast augmentation recovery. Several factors are at play, such as their chosen implant size, type, and placement and the surgeon’s surgical skill and technique; these choices may impact healing time after breast surgery. While full recovery after breast augmentation takes up to six weeks, the first 24 to 48 hours are often the most challenging. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stephen Miller, outlines what to expect in the first 24 hours after your breast augmentation in Las Vegas.

Rest in a Post-Operative Suite

The effects of general anesthesia take several hours to wear off. You will rest in a post-operative room until Dr. Miller clears you to go home. The lingering grogginess of the anesthesia affects your driving ability, so you will need a trusted friend or family member to help you get home. They should stay with you for a few days to ensure your recovery gets off to a good start.

Soreness and Fatigue

You may experience soreness and tightness in your chest and feel tired or nauseous after breast augmentation. Your breasts may feel overly sensitive or lack sensitivity, and bruising and swelling are normal and expected. You will have a compression bra or garment to ease the discomfort and help reduce swelling. Dr. Miller may prescribe medicine to help keep you comfortable during the first days of recovery, but many patients manage with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Get Plenty of Rest

Create a cozy area in your home where you can camp out after breast augmentation. This could be your bedroom with pillows to prop you up or your living room on a recliner or couch. Gather extra pillows and blankets and keep water and nutritious snacks within reach. You should avoid bending over, so have phone chargers, remotes, lip balm, and other odds and ends at the ready.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Drink plenty of water after breast augmentation. A large canteen or bottles of water in your recovery zone can ensure you are well-hydrated for proper healing. Straws that bend can help you drink water without having to sit up or strain your chest.

Overall, the first week after breast augmentation is the most challenging phase of recovery. You can manage discomfort with medicines and wear your compression garment as directed to ease swelling and bruising. You will start to feel better towards the five- to seven-day mark and are encouraged to take brief walks to improve blood flow and prevent blood clots. Listen to your body and follow Dr. Miller’s post-operative instructions. Our plastic surgeon is available to answer your questions and concerns throughout breast augmentation recovery.

If you’re interested in breast augmentation, contact Stephen M. Miller, MD, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Schedule a consultation by calling (702) 369-1001.

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