Immediately after breast implant surgery, gauze is taped over the stitched incisions and the breasts are wrapped in an elastic bandage or supported by a special bra. The stitches may be removed in 7 to 10 days.
Most women have some swelling, bruising and soreness in their breasts for several days after the procedure. Medicine can help relieve the pain. Swelling and bruising may last for several weeks. Some women also have a burning sensation in their nipples right after surgery. Wearing a supportive bra 24 hours a day can help reduce swelling and support the breasts while they heal.
Most women can resume their normal work and social activities within a few days, unless those activities involve heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. Your doctor will tell you when you can return to more vigorous exercise and activities.
You will have scars after breast enlargement surgery, but these are usually in well-concealed areas (such as the crease under the breast, the armpit or the border of the areola). These procedures are designed to minimize scarring so that incisions are not easily detected. Scars usually fade after several months. Having a breast lift in addition to an enlargement leaves larger, more visible scars.
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