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How long does it take to recover from breast augmentation surgery?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

In general, recovery from breast augmentation surgery is normally 4 to 6 weeks. Placing the implants under the muscle through the subpectoral dual plane usually will take several weeks longer to heal than placing an implant in the retromammary or subglandular plane above the muscle. Swelling and edema can continue for up to 6 to 8 weeks. Our patient's are instructed not to do any heavy lifting for the first 3 weeks to prevent tearing, bleeding, or hematoma, wear sports bras for up to 1 month, as well as an upper pole compression bands in order to bring the implants down to a normal level.

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