You should recover quickly following breast augmentation, but there are some things to be mindful of. Depending on your job, breast surgery patients are recommended to have at least one week off work to allow time to recover comfortably at home. In some cases, two weeks may be recommended. Any strenuous activities should be avoided during this time.

Week one

In the first couple of days after surgery, you may need some additional support and should expect your breasts to feel tight and a little sore. During the first weeks, limit yourself to light activity and always listen to your body- if any activity hurts or is uncomfortable, you must stop straight away.

It takes a little while for your breasts to settle into their new shape and the redness to subside so don’t be disheartened if your breasts aren’t what you envisaged straightaway, they soon will. Compression garments are incredibly helpful in the first few weeks after surgery as the external pressure exerted on the body helps to reduce the swollen tissue and severity of the bruising. Compression garments should in the long-term improve the appearance of your final surgery so it is important that you wear them to help your body during the healing process.

Week two and three

In the second and third weeks, things will start to get back to normal. You can increase your physical activity and many women can go back to work around now though you should still avoid heavy lifting and any activities involving chest muscles. Most bruising should be gone but you may feel some shooting pains as the nerves in your breasts stretch.

Week four and five

During weeks four to five, the swelling in your breasts will have subsided and your implants will look more like what you imagined. Check with your surgeon for advice on activities like bathing, swimming and hot tubs.

Week six

From week six to the third month after surgery, your implants will continue to settle in terms of shape and softness, but the volume will stay the same. Carry on caring for your scar by using gels or oils, perhaps twice daily. During the consultation process with your surgeon you will devise a thorough after-care programme which will take into consideration the best way to manage your scars given your skin type.

Six months

Around six months after surgery, the tissues will completely relax, and your skin will have stretched fully to accommodate the new implants. Your scar will continue to heal then at around the 12-month period, you should be able to see the final results.

Bear in mind that your recovery will be quicker if you are more active and eat a balanced diet in the lead up to your operation as this will boost the longevity of your results. It is also important to carry this forward into the future, not only to maintain your aesthetic result but your overall health.


Page last reviewed on 26/10/2018