When we consult with people considering breast augmentation, we want them to know we’re here to support them every step of the way. That support includes providing plenty of information about what to expect throughout the surgical process and recovery.
Breast augmentation can be a highly rewarding decision that leaves you feeling more confident in your skin, but that’s not to say the journey doesn’t include a few highs and lows along the way. Between the anticipation ahead of the procedure and the challenges that come with recovery, emotional ups and downs are a normal part of the experience.
In this blog post, we’ll explore a few of the most common emotions women feel after breast augmentation to help you better prepare for your own journey.
How You’ll Feel After Getting Breast Implants
The days leading up to your breast augmentation or breast augmentation with a lift are filled with anticipation and apprehension. Once you’re out of surgery, however, any nervousness you may have felt will be in the past, and you’ll feel excited about your new shape, even if you can’t fully see it yet. Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to return to the comfort of your home the same day. You will need a ride home and someone to stay with you the first night, though. Even so, it’s often a relief to have the surgery behind you.
While we strive to make the recovery process brief and comfortable, breast augmentation recovery will probably feel unfamiliar and a bit challenging, both physically and mentally. You’ll likely feel tired and sore, and your breasts will be swollen. These aftereffects may lead you to doubt whether you’ve made the right decision. Remember this is temporary and focus on taking care of yourself during this time. This means eating nutritious meals, following your aftercare instructions, and getting plenty of sleep, which you can learn more about in our previous blog post.
Keeping your eye on your final results can help put this self-doubt phase into perspective. Some people find that it helps to look at before and after pictures of people who have already gone through breast augmentation recovery and have the excellent results to show for it.
As you heal, you may feel eager to return to your normal routine and enjoy your ultimate results. Your breasts may feel hard and appear to sit too high and tight on your chest. Don’t worry—this is normal. Your implants will still need to drop or settle, which may take a couple of months. Try to be patient and give your body time to adjust.
Similarly, you may feel eager to return to more strenuous activities such as exercise routines. While most people can return to work after 5 to 7 days, it may be a few weeks before you’re able to resume your workouts fully. Allow your body time to rest—this will be well worth it in the long run.
When you’re fully back to normal and your body has adjusted, you’ll be free to enjoy finally having the figure you’ve envisioned. Of all the emotions you’ll feel, this will be the one that lasts. If you’re like many women who undergo breast augmentation, you’ll likely feel even more like “you” at this point than you did before.
To see more examples of the breast augmentation results you can expect here at South Bay Plastic Surgeons, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.