Once the implant procedure is done, your plastic surgeon will place gauze over the stitched-up incisions (these may be removed in 7 to 10 days if it's not dissolvable). The newly implanted breasts will be carefully wrapped in an elastic compression bandage or soft, wireless surgical bra. Some plastic surgeons may insert drainage tubes following a breast augmentation procedure, others will not do so.
If drains are inserted, these will need to be removed by your surgeon at a follow-up appointment.
Post-op, you will experience some bruising and swelling, as well as some tenderness (soreness) in the breasts for a few days. Some women experience a burning sensation in their nipples shortly after surgery. Bruising and swelling may last for a few weeks following surgery.
You will be required to wear a surgical bra (support) 24 hours a day as this will alleviate swelling during the healing process. You may also be prescribed pain medication and antibiotics to help alleviate discomfort and prevent infection.
Every woman handles pain or discomfort differently. Some may get through the recovery period fairly easily, while others find that they heal a little more slowly and find some basic movements a little difficult, especially during the first few days. Some may require assistance from a loved one due to reduced upper body strength during recovery (needing assistance with sitting upright from a lying down position or help with carrying objects such as a handbag). Most women should be able to return to most of their normal daily activity within a few days. Any strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for up to 6 weeks after the procedure or until your surgeon gives the all clear. While healing, your breasts will be sensitive to jarring movements or physical contact.
The surgery will leave scars on the body that won’t disappear completely. Your surgeon will have discussed this with you before the procedure and given you a clear indication as to where an incision will be made on your body to insert the implant. Incisions are usually made in areas not easily seen, such as in the armpit or in the crease under the breast. Incision scars begin to fade within a few months. Bigger incisions will have been made if you had a breast lift at the same time. These incisions will leave a larger scar that can be more visible.
For most women, the overall result of increased size (volume) by at least one or more cup sizes, and or improved symmetry is a satisfactory one. If you were more realistic to begin with, the results are more likely to be pleasing following the surgery, once the swelling has gone down (remember that your breasts will always looker bigger than you thought they would for a few weeks and take a few months to settle).
Most who are happy with the results experience enhanced self-image and self-confidence, feeling more feminine in their clothing and overall physical appearance.