Cambridge breast augmentation surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad answers some of the most commonly asked questions about the procedure:
How long does it take to recover from a breast augmentation?
Everyone is different and there are many factors which can affect recovery times such as age, type of procedure, pain tolerance etc. but there are some general guidelines. Ideally, you’d avoid any lifting, driving or manual work for the first 3-5 days and continue to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a further 5 weeks. After that, things should be pretty much back to normal although don’t expect the scarring to diminish for up to 9 months.
Is it true I need to sleep on my back after surgery?
Most surgeons will generally recommend a period of sleeping on your back and wearing a good support bra for six to eight weeks following a breast augmentation operation. This is simply to avoid the implants becoming displaced. Interestingly there is evidence that sleeping position can affect breast size and shape with or without implants. The main thing here is to follow your surgeon’s advice.
What if I catch a cold before the surgery?
As breast augmentation is elective surgery it should be as risk free as possible. Generally speaking, a minor cough or cold might not be a problem but it really should be up to the surgeon carrying out the procedure. If you feel sick in any way before the scheduled date then give the surgery a call and let them make the decision.
How long before I can have sex?
Most surgeons will probably advise waiting at least two weeks to avoid bleeding complications caused by increased heart rate and sweating. After that common sense and care is probably required for the next four weeks or so until the implants have settled down and there is less chance of displacement.
Should I have the incision in my armpit, around the nipple or under the breast?
There is no fixed answer to this. You will have permanent scars so you need to decide where you feel most comfortable and what fits with your lifestyle best. If you’re a ballroom dancer then the armpit probably isn’t the right place but it might be if you’re a glamour model. The main thing here is to discuss this with your surgeon and take his advice.
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