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Each breast surgery is unique, both in the surgical technique and the recovery. Chicago plastic surgeon, Dr. Few and his team will send you home with personalized instructions to ensure a smooth transition from post-op to recovery, along with medication and recommendations to control any post-procedure discomfort. 

Breast augmentation

Immediately following your breast augmentation, you can expect some tenderness, swelling, and bruising. Your new breasts will be protected with a surgical dressing. You will also wear a compression garment to help reduce any swelling. Rest is vital for a smooth recovery. We recommend you sleep on your back while your breasts are still tender, and the implants are settling into place. 

You cannot do any heavy lifting for at least two weeks, but most patients can return to work, barring demanding physical labor, a week following surgery. It is essential to follow up with your post-operative appointments so we can ensure your healing is progressing as it should. You should be able to resume a light exercise regimen around four weeks after your breast augmentation. Most patients are cleared to return to their normal activities after six weeks. 

Breast Lift

Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, may cause bruising, swelling and sensitivity for up to two weeks after surgery, which varies, patient to patient. Surgical drains may be placed at the site of your incisions to help remove any excess fluid or blood. These will be taped with surgical dressing and removed at your post-op appointment a few days after your procedure. A compression garment will aid in easing swelling and keep your reshaped breasts protected. You will wear it morning and night to help stabilize your breasts in their new position. 

During this time, you may feel changes in your breast and nipple sensations. It is important to rest while your breasts heal. That means no heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for at least six weeks, or until cleared by Dr. Few. Most patients return to work about a week after surgery. 

Breast Reduction

You may experience temporary bruising and swelling after breast reduction surgery. Your incisions will be dressed, and you will have surgical drains to help your body expel any excess fluids. The drains are removed at a post-operative appointment. Dr. Few will prescribe an antibiotic, along with pain medication, to decrease the risk of infection and keep you comfortable. You must wear the compression garment according to your post-op instructions, to aid your body in contouring your breasts’ new shape. 

Get plenty of rest, and sleep on your back or side to avoid uncomfortable pressure on your breasts. Sensations in your breasts and around your areolas may vary during your recovery. Limiting your physical activity for at least two to four weeks will help you achieve healthy, beautiful results. Most patients resume work after one week, and all regular activities after six weeks. 

Why choose Dr. Few?

Dr. Julius Few, and his skilled staff, at The Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, go above and beyond customized patient care. His team will help you achieve your desired results with integrity and compassion. Dr. Few combines experience and expertise, in a state-of-the-art surgical facility, to craft individualized, aesthetic enhancements for his patients.


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