What to Expect After Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast Reconstruction SurgeryIf a prior breast surgery didn’t provide the results that you were hoping for, or if a complication occurred after the procedure, breast reconstruction surgery can resolve the issue. With breast reconstruction, women can achieve the look of the breasts that they want three months or longer after the initial procedure. 

Breast reconstruction surgery improves the appearance of the breasts and resolves complications such as implant displacement, implant rupture, or capsular contracture. It also provides patients with the option to switch from saline implants to silicone, or vice versa. No matter the reason, if you’re considering breast reconstruction surgery, you’ll want to know what to expect after the procedure.

Immediately After Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Immediately after breast reconstruction surgery, you’ll likely feel weak. We advise patients to have a loved one take them home after the procedure. However, most patients need only a few days of rest before returning to their regular activities. Getting plenty of sleep and avoiding physical activity is important for patients to recover quickly after the surgery. 

The First Few Weeks After Breast Reconstruction Surgery

You may feel soreness and discomfort in the breast area for a week or two after the breast reconstruction surgery. Patients typically receive prescription medication to relieve pain in this early stage. You’ll feel an improvement in pain and soreness with each passing day. Additionally, sutures from the procedure are generally removed 5 to 10 days after the surgery or if dissolvable dissolve on the

You’ll likely be advised to avoid exercise for 2 to 3 weeks after breast reconstruction surgery. At this point, patients may gradually return to their regular workouts. 

A Few Months After Breast Reconstruction Surgery

While you’ll see the improvement to the look of the breasts soon after breast reconstruction surgery, it may take a few months for the breasts to heal completely. At this point, you’ll be able to see the full results of the procedure. 

Dr. Watt is a highly experienced plastic surgeon, providing consistent, reliable results in breast reconstruction surgery. To learn more, schedule a consultation at Watt Plastic Surgery today.