Your recovery

The highest quality aftercare is just as important as the surgery itself.

Cosmetic surgery is no different from any other kind of surgery. That’s why we pay so much attention to your recovery and aftercare. Our priority is that your recovery is a full and speedy one. Whilst it’s important to give your body time to heal from any operation, there are specific instructions we’ll ask you to follow after Breast augmentation surgery.

Please see our aftercare page for full details of the 3-year aftercare programme as well as the extended aftercare option.

What to expect after breast augmentation surgery

The first 24 to 48 hours after surgery can be uncomfortable and it’s normal that your breasts will feel temporarily over-enlarged, tight and heavy due to post-surgery swelling. We’ll provide pain relief and you will have compression bandages to help with any discomfort. These will be replaced by the correct non-wired bra you will have been advised to bring with you.

You may also wake up with some small drainage tubes to help further reduce swelling and bruising – these will be removed before you go home.

Before you leave hospital

Your surgeon will check that you’re fully recovered from the operation before you’re discharged to rest and recuperate at home. Before you leave we’ll make an appointment for you to return within two weeks to have your stitches removed.

You may feel very sore from the operation and will not be allowed to drive, so it’s essential that you’ve arranged to get home safely.

How you'll feel to begin with

Your breasts will be very sensitive and swollen for several weeks, and it can take a few months for them to settle properly. During this time your breasts may appear too tight, too high or unnaturally round and your nipples may become numb or sensitive for a short while.

Within 6 to 8 weeks of your surgery your body should have healed to the extent that you’ll see the full, permanent results of your Breast enlargement.

Recovering at home - top tips!

You’ll already have been given the general post-operative advice you need such as how much time to book off work, when you can resume activities like exercise and what type of bra you need to wear for the first weeks.

Here are some great tips from our staff and former patients that can help make your recovery at home more comfortable:

Transform Tip #1

It’s more comfortable to sleep propped up after surgery. Make sure you’ve plenty of extra pillows.

Cheryl Flaherty
Patient care co-ordinator

    • Transform Tip #2

      It’s really handy to put cupboard items like mugs, crockery and food cupboard items you’ll use on the kitchen counter. Then you’re not pulling on your stitches by reaching up for things.


    • Transform Tip #4

      Ask friends and family to help look after young children and pets for the first week or so until your stitches are removed.


    • Transform Tip #3

      I knew I would not be able to lift heavy shopping for a while, so I did a big food shop beforehand. I also cooked some meals for the freezer, so I didn’t have to worry about cooking either!


    • Transform Tip #5

      I cleaned the house and did things like the laundry and taking the bins out before my operation. It’s good to get little jobs like that out of the way.


    • Transform Tip #1

      It’s really handy to put cupboard items like mugs, crockery and food cupboard items you’ll use on the kitchen counter. Then you’re not pulling on your stitches by reaching up for things.


    • Transform Tip #2

      I knew I would not be able to lift heavy shopping for a while, so I did a big food shop beforehand. I also cooked some meals for the freezer, so I didn’t have to worry about cooking either!


    • Transform Tip #3

      Ask friends and family to help look after young children and pets for the first week or so until your stitches are removed.


    • Transform Tip #4

      I cleaned the house and did things like the laundry and taking the bins out before my operation. It’s good to get little jobs like that out of the way.


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