Navigating Your Recovery

Understanding what to expect during your recovery process is an integral aspect of the journey. The period following your surgery is dedicated to ensuring your body heals properly and that your new shape settles as desired. 

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Guided Recovery for Optimal Results

Our expert plastic surgeons at Florida Plastic Surgery Group will closely monitor your progress during your recovery, with 24/7 access to our providers during healing. Typically, full recovery takes several weeks, but it's important to remember that each person's healing process is unique. During this time, patience and adherence to post-operative instructions are the key to achieving optimal results. We will be there to support you every step of the way, helping you navigate this transformative journey.

ERAS: Narcotic-free healing

Your recovery can be safer, faster, and more comfortable with the advanced pain management protocol we offer at Florida Plastic Surgery Group. Our nationally acclaimed team of plastic surgeons is at the forefront of the latest developments in plastic surgery, including this groundbreaking approach to post-surgical pain management.

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The Florida Plastic Surgery Group difference

For over 15 years, Florida Plastic Surgery Group has been a beacon of excellence in patient care in Northeast Florida's plastic surgery landscape. In the specialized field of breast enhancements, our surgeons stand out as industry leaders. Their expertise, combined with cutting-edge techniques and a patient-centric philosophy, ensures superior results that align with the individual's aesthetic goals. We're also proud to offer unique services such as implants and en bloc capsulectomies without drains, setting us apart in our commitment to patient comfort and safety. 

Breast surgery and immediately after surgery

Breast augmentation surgery typically lasts 1-2 hours, and once completed, you'll be transferred to a recovery area for close monitoring as the anesthesia wears off. It's completely normal to feel soreness in the surgical area and residual drowsiness or "blurry" sensation, which can persist for up to 48 hours post-surgery.

The next few hours 

After you leave the hospital, you will be wearing a compressive brace or bandages. During this early phase of recovery, OTC medications and cold compresses can offer some relief from bruising and swelling.

First few days

You will be tired and uncomfortable for a few days after breast surgery. It is best if you can have a loved one care for you during this time. We recommend early walking to keep the risk of blood clots forming and to help reduce swelling. After about a week, you may return to work as long as you limit your activity and get rest. Avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercise until one of our doctors tells you it is safe to resume these activities. Other things to remember during the first week of recovery include:

  • It is OK to shower, allowing the water to flow from behind
  • Apply topical cream or lotion as instructed by our doctors once the bandages are removed by your physician.
  • If you are wearing a drainage tube, keep the area clean and dry. The tube will be removed after your first post-surgical visit
  • Be sure to take antibiotics to avoid infection and take your temperature regularly. Contact our practice if your temperature reaches 101

Next several weeks

Your breasts will be very sensitive for several weeks. Swelling may last over a month, and you will want to avoid contact or strenuous activity at this time. Our doctors may allow you to resume exercise a month after your breast surgery. Incision scars will begin their slow fade two months after surgery and become less noticeable over time.

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Follow your post-surgery instructions 

Detailed post-operative instructions will be provided by our Florida Plastic Surgery Group team, which will include guidance on caring for your breasts, managing discomfort with medications, and identifying any signs of complications. Remember, this immediate post-surgery period is crucial for your recovery and achieving your desired results. Therefore, it's important to follow the provided instructions closely and maintain open communication with our team. We're here to support you every step of the way.

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Pay attention to warning signs

Pay close attention to your overall health during your recovery process. Be alert for anything that seems out of the ordinary. Contact our doctors immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Discharge or pus from the incision or nipples
  • Excessive bleeding or blisters around the incision
  • Numbness in your legs
  • Displacement, extrusion, deflation, or bottoming out of implants
  • Uncontrollable dizziness, pain, or vomiting
  • Blood in urine or feces or spitting up blood

If you have any further questions about breast surgery recovery, please contact one of our experienced breast surgeons at the Florida Plastic Surgery Group for a consultation.

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