Recovery is the time it takes to get over the breast augmentation and return to normal activities. This is measured in days. Healing is the time it takes for all the tissues to get back to as normal as they will get. The breast will attain it’s final postoperative shape in 6 weeks to 6 months. For all of your sensation to get back to normal may take up to two years.
Patients typically can shower, eat anything they want, and leave the house the day of surgery. You may lift, drive, and resume normal activities within 48 hours of surgery even with implants beneath the muscle. Your incision, whether it is under the breasts, under the arm, or around the nipple will be covered with paper tape. This will stay on for one week after surgery. Usually, there are no sutures to remove.
Many patients are able to go to work within 3-4 days. Light exercise may be resumed in a few days. You may return to full aerobic exercise at two weeks after surgery.