Breast Implant Removal Recovery
After your Breast Implant Removal, you will be monitored in our recovery room as you wake up from sedation. Once Dr. Golger releases you, you will be able to return home to recover peacefully.
As part of your initial recovery, you will need to rest for at least two full days with limited physical activity, so it will be beneficial to have an adult caretaker available to assist you during this time. You may experience tenderness and swelling around the incision sites, which is completely normal. Dr. Golger will temporarily prescribe you pain medication to relieve these symptoms.
The amount of time you will need to take off of work depends on whether the implants are just removed (shorter time off) or if the implants are being exchanged for a different size (longer time off). This is because implant exchanges often require breast capsule modifications (breast capsulorrhaphy), which is a more extensive recovery.
During your recovery period, you will need to wear a compressive support bra to provide additional support for your delicate breast tissue, protect the area from impact or injury, and help your muscles adjust to your new contour. You’ll need to wear the support bra and avoid strenuous physical activity for at least three to four weeks, restricting the movement of the upper body, lifting, or any other strenuous physical activity. After coming in for your post-surgery follow-up, Dr. Golger will let you know when you can resume light activities, such as jogging.