Breast Augmentation FAQs
There may be some discomfort requiring medication for 3 to 5 days post-surgery; swelling is normal for up to 4 weeks. Over time the breasts will settle, becoming softer, looking and feeling more natural.
Most patients find the shape of the breasts will continue to improve over a 4-month period.
As mentioned, you may feel some discomfort for 3 to 5 days post surgery, and swelling for up to 4 weeks. It is recommended that you have a family member or friend help you in the initial recovery phase with day to day tasks that require the use of your upper body, given the discomfort that comes initially from breast surgery of any sort.
After the first week, you will most likely feel better and stronger, but you should still refrain from attending work, school, or extracurricular activities until 10 days post-surgery.
At the 3-4 week stage, you should be back to living a normal life, but you should still be cautious about exercise and putting any strain on your upper body. Your surgeon will guide you through this phase and let you know when you can return to exercise.
Additional healing will continue for three months after surgery, but you should be able to function normally after a month.
The breasts can feel hard and look uneven if the scar tissue surrounding the implant contracts – a problem known as capsular contracture. Should this happen, there may be a short revision necessary. The breasts can also look unnatural if the implant is positioned incorrectly.
The wound can be slow to heal or break down if the patient places pressure on the site within the first 3 weeks, therefore all upper bodywork and exercise are not recommended during this period.
Each implant manufacturer has their own guarantee, and this will be given to you as part of the decision-making process. It is also recommended that you find a qualified specialist plastic surgeon to perform breast surgery for the best long term results.
There is no Medicare coverage, so as a result private health funds will not cover this procedure either. The cost of the procedure starts from $10,000.