After the procedure
You may feel pain and swelling for a few weeks after surgery. It is also possible that you have bruises. Scars will diminish over time, but they will not disappear completely.
During recovery, it may be useful to use a compression bandage or sports bra to give extra support and to keep the breast implants in place. The surgeon may also prescribe analgesics.
Follow the surgeon’s instructions about when to resume normal activities. If you do not have a job with high physical demands, you could return to work in a few weeks. Avoid strenuous activities, that is, anything that can increase heart rate or blood pressure for at least two weeks. During recovery, remember that the breasts will be sensitive to physical contact or sudden movements.
If the surgeon used sutures that are not absorbed alone or if you placed drainage tubes near your breasts, you will need to attend a follow-up visit for removal.
If you feel warmth or redness in the breast, or if you have a fever, you may have an infection. Contact the surgeon as soon as possible. You should also contact the surgeon if you have shortness of breath or chest pain.