How long does it take for breast implants to settle in place and all swelling to resolve?
Don’t panic if your breasts appear higher up or larger than expected right out of surgery. Your skin and surrounding tissues need time to heal and adjust to your breast implants – a process often described as “settling” or “dropping and fluffing”. If you’ve got implants on both sides, it’s not uncommon for one to settle in place more quickly than the other.
While the majority of post-op swelling should resolve quickly, your breasts may remain swollen for at least three months. But because each patient’s case can vary considerably – for example, some may choose very large implants or have firmer-than-average tissue – recovery periods vary as well, sometimes even taking up to six months.
How do I get a good night’s sleep without damaging my new breasts?
You will have to sleep on your back for the first couple of months to limit swelling and avoid straining your stitches. If you’re not usually a back sleeper, practice ahead of time to acclimate yourself, using extra pillows to help keep you in position or trying OTHER WAYS to train yourself.
How long should I wait till I can have sex again?
You’ll need to avoid all vigorous activity – including the sexual kind – until your surgeon clears it. Raising your blood pressure in any way before you’ve fully healed from any kind of surgery increases your risk for internal bleeding, incision strain, or other complications that could jeopardize your health and results.
Once you’re cleared, start out gently and avoid positions that put pressure on your chest area.
Will there be pain or sensitivity after surgery?
Tingling, numbness, or even sudden shoots of pain in the chest area are to be expected in the first few to several weeks as your nerves repair themselves after surgery. Initially occurring more frequently or intensely, these sensations should gradually taper off. If they persist or increase, visit your surgeon for a checkup.
Will I need follow ups after I’ve fully healed?
Breast implants are not intended to be lifetime devices. Even after all post-surgical healing is completed, you will still need regular follow ups and screenings. Your surgeon will be able to brief you further on the follow-up process.