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What is recovery like after breast implantation?

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Your breasts will be covered with gauze after the surgery. You may have drainage tubes, which will be removed in a few days. You may need to wear a surgical bra as you heal. You'll need to take it easy for a few days after your breast augmentation surgery. For instance, you shouldn't do any heavy lifting for up to six weeks after getting your implants. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen may help relieve discomfort. Your doctor may also prescribe pain medication for you. You will probably have some swelling in the area where the surgery was done. Over time, the swelling should ease and the scars will fade.

From: Breast Implants WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  FDA: "Breast Implant Questions and Answers" and "FDA Breast Implant Consumer Handbook." 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Augmentation."  Nelson, R.  , 2006.  Wilkins, E.G. , June 2004.  American Cancer Society.  News release, FDA.



The Lancet OncologyWomen's Oncology Review

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 17, 2017

SOURCES:  FDA: "Breast Implant Questions and Answers" and "FDA Breast Implant Consumer Handbook." 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breast Augmentation."  Nelson, R.  , 2006.  Wilkins, E.G. , June 2004.  American Cancer Society.  News release, FDA.



The Lancet OncologyWomen's Oncology Review

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 17, 2017

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