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Breast Aug Recovery: Appearance

A Blog on Your Appearance as you Recover by Dr. Loftus

Approximately 300,000 women choose to have breast augmentation each year, making it one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States. This blog will discuss the evolution of your result. The healing process involves swelling, healing of the short scar and skin relaxation. Each of these processes takes a little time to resolve, so your final result is not apparent right away. Rest assured- it does not take long for most women.

Your swelling will peak around the second or third day after surgery. Your breasts may look swollen. This is normal and expected. The implants may look too high, and you will probably feel like your breasts are too large. Relax! Most of your swelling disappears over the first 1-2 weeks, and an additional 20% by 6-8 weeks post-op. Everything usually looks much better over this period. As the swelling goes away, your breasts will look better and feel softer. They will still feel slightly firm after the visible swelling has disappeared, but will soften slowly over several months as the subtle remaining swelling resolves. Massaging your breasts three times a day will help the swelling and firmness go away faster.

Breast skin is often tight after a breast augmentation because the implant expands or stretches the skin to contain the larger breast volume. This tightness, combined with the swelling, makes the shape look unnatural. The skin relaxes over 1-2 weeks, and the shape improves as the swelling disappears to reveal your result. Your shape will be pretty close to your final result around 2-3 months, but most women look good in clothing within a week of surgery.

These recovery tips will help keep you on track to having your final result as soon as possible.

Your scar will be slightly red and firm at first. This improves slowly over the first year. Our protocol includes steps to speed up the improvement of your scar appearance that you will start after your first post-operative visit. We will see you for a follow up visit about a week after surgery.

Additional follow up visits are scheduled 6 weeks, 3 months and whenever you need us after surgery to help you through the entire recovery process. If you are ready to move forward, contact us to schedule a consultation!

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About Dr. Loftus


Dr. Loftus is a female plastic surgeon who is considered a national authority on plastic surgery, having appeared on numerous talk shows as an expert. Her book has become a best-selling book on plastic surgery and has earned her the reputation as a vocal advocate of patient safety, satisfaction, and education in plastic surgery. No wonder her patients have such great things to say about her…
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My results are amazing - Dr. Loftus is amazing!
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I had no pain after surgery and recovery was so easy.
The entire experience was fabulous!
I am a nurse who has worked with many doctors, Dr. Loftus is the best!
The care was exceptional and results are incredible!
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Dr. Loftus is a rare surgeon: highly skilled, personable and compassionate!
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I felt so comfortable and barely had any pain at all.
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2139 Auburn Avenue, Suite 201
Cincinnati, OH 45219
(513) 793-4000
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