How Long are Breasts Sore After Augmentation

Dr. Luke Cusimano, FACS

How Long are Breasts Sore After Augmentation

Jul 19, 2023 | Blog

Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries. This procedure is the treatment of choice for women who are looking to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. If you are looking forward to undergoing a breast enlargement, one question that patients tend to have is how long will your breasts feel sore? Understanding this may help you to better prepare for your recovery journey.

The Recovery Timeline

Breast soreness is a natural part of the breast augmentation recovery process. It’s okay, and it’s normal. But how long does it last? Everyone is different so the timeline can vary. Here’s a typical breakdown of the breast enlargement recovery timeline.

Immediate Post-Operative Period

Breast soreness tends to be most intense immediately after surgery as your body tries to adjust to the changes. You also tend to experience discomfort that is toughest during the first few days of recovery. During this period, your plastic surgeon will administer pain medication but sufficient rest is also crucial.     

First Week of Recovery

During the first week of recovery, breast soreness persists and is usually accompanied by swelling and bruising. These elements contribute to the overall discomfort you may be feeling. It’s important to adhere to the medication prescribed by your surgeon during this time. Embrace plenty of rest to aid your body’s healing process. While the soreness might not disappear immediately, you may find solace in the fact that it will gradually begin to ease off as your body works to mend itself. Be patient and trust the natural healing journey that your body is embarked upon. Remember, every step you take is a step closer to healing and rejuvenation.

Second and Third Weeks

During the second and third weeks of your breast enlargement recovery, you’ll likely notice a gradual reduction in the intensity of soreness. This period marks a transition toward greater comfort. While remnants of discomfort may linger, they are a sign that your body is healing as it should. Keep in mind that the road to recovery is unique for everyone, and what matters most is following your surgeon’s instructions and giving your body the time it needs to mend. You might be tempted to resume regular activities, but it’s important to refrain from strenuous actions to avoid hindering the healing process. 

Weeks Four to Six

Breast soreness continues to wane moving into weeks four to six. At this point, your body has made significant progress in healing. You still need to exercise caution. You may feel tempted to return to your usual routine but still need to avoid intense physical activities that could strain the healing tissues. Gradually ease back into your regular lifestyle and remember your body is still recovering so you need to provide it with the time and care it needs. By adhering to your surgeon’s guidance and embracing patience, you’re setting the stage for a successful, comfortable recovery.

Long-Term Healing and Resolution

The breast soreness you initially experienced will continue to diminish with time. Your body’s healing mechanisms are diligently at work and you’ll notice a significant improvement in your overall comfort. This gradual fading of soreness and other side effects of the surgery is a positive sign that your body is adapting to its new state. Your follow-up appointments with your surgeon will play a vital role in tracking your progress and ensuring that everything is on track.

When to Seek Medical Advice

While soreness is a natural part of the healing process, you need to know when to seek medical guidance. Get in touch with your surgeon if your soreness doesn’t follow the expected pattern or becomes severe. More so, if you notice unusual changes such as excessive swelling, persistent pain, or signs of infection, reach out to your medical professional. Your surgeon is there to address your concerns and make sure that your recovery remains on track. You need to promptly seek medical advice when needed and take proactive steps to safeguard your well-being and ensure the best possible outcome from your breast augmentation journey.