“so far the recovery hasn’t been nearly as bad as I had expected it to be.”
3 Days Post-Op, Breast Implant Patient
Surgery can last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, and patients go home the same day to begin recovering. All patients are discharged with post-operative instructions – a plan made by the surgeon in order to make healing as safe and painless as possible.
The effects of anesthesia can be felt for up to 3 days after surgery and most patients are advised to drink plenty of water in order to flush the remaining medication from the body.
It is common for patients to experience swelling, tightness, numbing, and overall discomfort for the first week after surgery.
Asymmetry is also fairly common following a procedure, one breast may appear larger or retain more fluid than the other during recovery.