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What to Expect When You Have a Breast Augmentation

Having a breast augmentation can be an incredibly exciting time. However, that doesn’t mean it’s unusual to be a little frightened before you go through with it. This post should help to ease some of your fears. Here’s what to expect when you have a breast augmentation:

1 Week Off Work

You’ll need some time off work so you can adjust to your new breasts. You’ll usually only need 1 week off, give or take a few days. You may be drowsy from medication, so total relaxation is the best thing. It varies from person to person, but you may struggle to sit up on your own. You should have everything explained to you in your consultation.

Swelling and Bruising

You won’t be able to see the results of your operation straight away because of the swelling and bruising. They should settle down soon enough, so make sure you’re patient!


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The level of discomfort you feel will vary from person to person. It may only be mild, depending on many factors. Either way, you shouldn’t underestimate it – some people reported it to be much worse than expected. You shouldn’t let this put you off, or make the decision to have a different placement based on the level of discomfort.

Help Dressing and Washing

As you won’t be able to move all that much, you’ll need help dressing and washing. If you can have somebody with you for 3-4 days after your operation to help you, that’s great! Your surgeon should be able to give you some more advice on how much help you’ll need.

No Heavy Lifting or Strenuous Exercise

If you enjoy going to the gym, you’ll need to wait for a few weeks until you can go back. Heavy lifting isn’t advisable for a good few weeks after your operation, and you’ll still need to be careful. If you work in a very physical job, you may need to explain the situation to them or have more time off work.


Don’t think that things won’t go wrong. Everybody thinks that it won’t happen to them. Even if you’ve spent lots of time picking a great plastic surgeon, something could potentially go wrong. You could end up with unsatisfactory results, odd shapes, or a more serious problem, like infection. Although this is rare if you do your research properly, it can still happen. Be prepared and have a plan, just incase!

More Surgery in the Future

Most people that have breast surgery will need more surgery in the future. Implants don’t last forever, so it’s likely you’ll need an operation to replace your implants in the future.

A good surgeon should answer all of your questions and be able to put your mind at ease. However, they should be honest about the risks and what you can/can’t achieve. Make sure you listen to their advice and take it all in so you can decide if having a breast augmentation is the right thing to do.

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