Breast AugmentationBreast augmentation is one of the top plastic surgery procedures requested. What can you expect after you have had this type of cosmetic surgery performed though? Sydney plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Merten explains that everyone is different, and the recovery experience for each woman may or may not follow the typical pattern. Whilst the majority may breeze through the recovery period with few if any unpleasant effects or complications, others may have a more difficult time and have problems and complaints during the same period. The time needed to recover from this form of plastic surgery will vary with each individual, however there is some care that can be taken to ensure a speedy recovery.

Immediately After Plastic Surgery

When you first wake up from the plastic surgery procedure you will typically feel groggy and you may have difficulty staying awake for long periods of time at first. This is usually caused by the general anaesthesia that is given to keep you sedated during the surgery. The first 48 hours require lots of rest and taking it easy.

Pain and discomfort at the site of the cosmetic surgery procedure is also normal after breast augmentation. Pain medication can be utilised with Paracetamol usually being enough to control the pain. Swelling and bruising is also common, however this usually subsides within a week or two.

Physical and Emotional Changes After The Cosmetic Procedure

After you have had breast augmentation there are a number of common changes that you may experience. You may notice that your chest feels tight or that there feels like you have pressure on your chest. This is normal and will go away as the chest muscles stretch out over the implants, and the feeling is similar to a pulled muscle or a heavy weight sitting on the chest.

Most women do not realize that their new breasts must go through a period of settling in, and initially the breasts may look larger and fuller than the final result. Do not be alarmed, this is normal and will go away over time. As healing takes place the implants will position correctly and the appearance of the breasts will usually become what you were hoping for.

Ongoing Breast Care

New breast health baselines need to be established by yourself and your doctor post breast augmentation. Breasts with implants will feel different during self and professional examinations. Your doctor can equip you with the tools needed to undertake a self-assessment and what to look for. It is important to get a professional examination every year and that you let the doctor know you have had implants.


If you want to discuss breast augmentation, or any other cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, please call us at Pure Aesthetics on 9252 9262 or Contact Us for an appointment to see our Sydney Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Steve Merten.