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In the past, many women described recovery from a breast augmentation as being fairly to significantly uncomfortable. In my opinion, a lot of that “discomfort” was, and still is, technique related. If the surgery is performed using finer, more precise and gentler techniques, then the postsurgical discomfort usually will be greatly reduced. Additionally, there are also local anesthesia and other pain control options available that can further decrease discomfort and make recovery quicker and quite tolerable.

I also believe that the postoperative regimen for breast augmentation, including medications and specific physical activity limitations, has a substantial influence in terms of how comfortable recuperation will be. Furthermore, in order to minimize the risk of bleeding and/or the accumulation of blood (which are extremely rare occurrences in my experience), I generally advise my patients to avoid any heavy lifting, straining and aerobic activities for about three weeks and not to take any blood thinners such as aspirin and ibuprofen starting from two weeks before surgery until two weeks after surgery. Patients who are involved in more sedentary, non-physical types of employment are often able to return to work within five days whereas those in vigorous types of professions will need to wait a bit longer in order to help minimize risks or complications.

It is important to note that each patient’s postoperative level of discomfort will vary, some of this affected by the plastic surgery techniques used. However, each person’s breast augmentation postoperative regimen is specifically tailored to fit their unique situation.

Dr. Steven Turkeltaub, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

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