5 Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips

Breast augmentation is a very popular procedure at our practice and patients are always curious as to how to get the best results with the quickest recovery.

For the vast majority of our patients at Quintessa, breast augmentation is performed to help enhance the size of a woman’s breast or restore the volume of her breasts after having children or losing weight. It helps women feel feminine and confident.

A quick recovery with excellent results can be achieved by following our recommended postoperative instructions carefully.

1. Ice is your new best friend

Icing the breasts after augmentation as much as possible in the first 2-3 days will help avoid swelling, pulling and pain around the incision area. Be careful not to ice directly on the nipple, however, as this is a more sensitive area. Bags of frozen peas or corn works great as an ice pack since it can mold to your breast shape.

2. Control your pain with scheduled pain medicine

Following breast augmentation, we often recommend patients take scheduled ibuprofen and Tylenol for a quicker recovery. In most cases, that’s enough to control the pain, making narcotic pain medicine unnecessary. Narcotic medications often make patients feel groggy, sick to their stomach or cause constipation so we typically try to avoid them if we can.

3. Take it easy

This might seem obvious, but we can’t stress enough the importance of proper rest following your breast augmentation. For a quick and healthy recovery, don’t plan big outings for the first couple of days after your surgery. You should rest and relax. By taking it easy for a few days and not causing extra swelling you can speed up the entire recovery process. Most of our patients only take a couple of days off work and then are able to return to normal activities

4. Wear your surgical bra

Postoperative surgical bras are almost always recommended following a breast augmentation procedure. This will help support your breasts while they are healing and reduce swelling, leading to a faster recovery with minimal pain.

5. Avoid applying unauthorized lotions or creams

For best results, do not put anything on your incisions unless your surgeon instructs you to do so.

At Quintessa, we have our breast augmentation patients leave dermabond (surgical glue) on their incisions for roughly three weeks. When the glue is removed, we give them a special silicone gel to apply to the incisions to make the scar as faint as possible. If you try to apply your own lotions or creams to the incision it may cause irritation or rash and delay healing, resulting in worse scars long term.

If you start to experience swelling, you should rest, ice, and keep your breasts elevated. Using two or three pillows the first couple of nights after surgery can help relieve swelling on the upper breast.

If your implants are placed under the pectoralis major muscle, then you should avoid any activities that use the muscle. If you are reaching up high or lifting heavy objects the muscles may push on the implants and cause them to move down and out.  


With Quintessa Aesthetic Center, you will be on the road to recovery in no time. Gentle, careful, meticulous surgery is what we specialize in and will help speed up your breast augmentation recovery. Contact us today for a consultation or visit us in person at one of our southeastern Wisconsin locations in DelafieldMadisonMequonMiddleton, and Sheboygan and we will help you achieve your breast augmentation goals with the best possible recovery.

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