Summary: We spend a lot of time talking about the results from plastic surgery procedures—what you’ll look like, how you’ll feel. We do this with good reason—it’s an important part of the process. Less often, we discuss what recovery looks like. Today, we’ll be looking at some myths about breast augmentation recovery because busting those myths will definitely be useful.
Some Myths About Breast Augmentation Recovery
There’s no doubt that breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures out there. In part, this is because breast augmentation tends to generate fantastic results. But there’s no doubt that one of the reasons breast augmentation is so popular is because it is advertised as a relatively quick and minimally invasive procedure.
But is that really true? Can you be back on your feet in a matter or days—or hours? Well, the answer is that it depends. Not everyone is going to bounce back incredibly quickly and not everyone is going to have an identical procedure performed. In other words, there are a lot of variables when it comes to answering this question.
However, in general, breast augmentation is indeed a minimally invasive procedure and the recovery tends to go pretty quick. But there is a lot of misinformation floating around out there. So today we’re going to examine five myths about breast augmentation recovery and see if they stand up to the light.
Myth #1: You’ll be Out Dancing the Same Night!
There’s this notion that, since breast augmentation is such an “easy” procedure these days, you’ll be hitting the town the same night as your surgery. This is, of course, wrong. It’s true that there are some pain medications that can minimize discomfort to the point that you feel that good—but your body is still healing. In most cases, you’ll be able to rest comfortably at home, but it is very important that you actually rest.
Myth #2: You’ll be Left with Visible Scars
Any surgery is bound to leave scars, right? And, of course, breast augmentation is indeed surgery. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be left with visible scars. There are many techniques that leave scars only in easily hidden areas (below the curve of the breast, for example, or even in the armpit). And, even better, the lines left by incisions tend to fade over time. When healing is done properly (that is, when you give yourself time to recover), most lines from surgery are scarcely noticeable after some time.
Myth #3: It Will Take Some Time for Your Implants to Adjust
There’s actually a little bit of truth to this one. Depending on the type of breast augmentation procedure you’ve had performed, it may take sometime for your implant to “settle” into place. According to the website of the Houston breast augmentation experts at South Shore Plastic Surgery, this is because the body forms a “pocket” around the implant. Therefore, it’s not uncommon for the breast to start off a little high and then settle into that pocket over a couple of weeks.
Myth #4: Breast Augmentation is Painful to Recover From
When a procedure is performed by a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, recovery should be mostly a smooth operation. There may be some discomfort, of course, but generally breast augmentation is one of the less painful procedures to recover from. This means that your own procedure will likely be quite manageable.
Myth #5: Your Breast Implant May Deflate
It’s quite uncommon for complications to pop up during recovery. But one of the most common fears it that one of your implants may rupture, causing the breast to deflate. This can happen, but only with Saline breast implants. The much more common, modern Silicone breast implants have a kind of “gummy bear” consistency, so there’s no chance of “deflation.” This means that, even if there is some kind of rupture, your breasts will stay the same size.
Talk to Your Surgeon About Your Recovery
One of the best ways to dispel myths about breast augmentation recovery is to get your information right from the source. In this case, that source (and the best source, always) would be a highly qualified plastic surgeon. Many surgeons offer complimentary or low-cost consultations. During these consultations, you’ll want to ask questions not only about your results (and the best way to achieve them), but you’ll also want to ask about your recovery.
You should know what to expect, how long the recovery will last, and what the level of discomfort might be. Most plastic surgeons will be able to give you all of this information without much trouble—and it’s a common part of most consultations. So ask questions about your recovery and you’ll be much better prepared for what comes.