Ask Dr. Elliott: How Long Will My Breast Surgery Recovery Take?

When my plastic and reconstructive surgery patients come in for their pre-surgical consultation, many of them are actually more nervous about their recovery period than about the surgery itself. This goes for patients who are planning a surgery for the face or body, as well as the breast procedures I’ll be discussing below: breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction. It’s understandable to want to know about the downtime, the discomfort, and the activity restrictions you may experience. And in all honesty, knowing what to expect after your surgery will enable you to plan ahead, prepare everything you may need, and keep an eye out to make sure your body is healing the way it should.

Every patient is unique, and your post-surgical recovery will depend on your individual anatomy, the details of your procedure, your medical history, your commitment to your aftercare instructions, and many other factors. But for a basic idea about what to expect after cosmetic breast surgery, take a look at my video below:

Achieving the appearance you want with plastic surgery can be a long process, between the preparation, the procedure itself, and the recovery. But in many cases, the healing process is actually faster and easier than patients anticipated, and for those who have spent years feeling self-conscious about their appearance, the results are well worth the wait. To find out what plastic or reconstructive surgeries may be able to help you, schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and helpful information, follow me, Dr. Franklyn Elliott on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.