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What to expect from breast augmentation recovery

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Breast augmentation is a major surgery and usually involves between six and eight weeks of recovery time.

If you have been through pregnancy and breastfeeding, or would simply like to enhance the size and symmetry of your breasts, you might consider breast augmentation surgery. The treatment is very popular thanks to its ability to achieve excellent results, but it is important to understand that it takes time to fully recover from the surgery. Read on to find out what to expect from the recovery process, and what you can do to aid the healing process…

What can you expect after surgery?

Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, which means that you won’t feel any pain during the procedure itself. Once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off, however, you are likely to feel some pain. It is usually possible to leave the hospital within a few hours of surgery, but you will need someone to drive you home.


Your surgeon will provide you with a compression garment, which you should wear for the recommend time. This will help to minimise swelling, as well as build-of fluid. You will also be provided with medications to manage any discomfort that you feel.


Within a week or so, you should be able to resume some light day-to-day activities. You will, however, need to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for around six weeks.


It is completely normal to experience some soreness, bruising and swelling for a few weeks after surgery. You will also notice surgical scars at the site of incision, but these will gradually fade with time. Speak to your surgeon about ways in which you can reduce scarring.


After around two months following breast augmentation surgery, you are likely to enjoy a full recovery. Your surgeon will let you know when it is safe for you to get back to your usual activities and exercise routine.

What can you do for a smooth recovery?

All patients are different, and your recovery will depend on a few factors, including your overall health and age. There are, however, a few things you can do to increase the chances of a good recovery process.


It is important that you wear any recovery garments that you have been provided with as these provide support and can help to manage painful side-effects. You should also take proper care of your surgical wounds and ensure that you keep them clean.


To manage painful side-effects, be sure to take any medications that your surgeon has prescribed. In some cases, you may be prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.


It is very helpful to prepare your home before you go in for surgery — arrange help with housework if you can, prepare some meals in advance, and set up a comfortable space in which to rest. Try to stick to a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of water as this will aid the healing process.


If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon. It is also important that you attend any follow-up appointments that have been scheduled so that your surgeon can check that you are healing as you should.


How can we help?

Dr Sophie Ricketts offers a number of procedures for the breasts, including breast augmentation. If you would like to enhance the size of your breasts, we encourage you to come in for a consultation so that you can discuss your particular aesthetic goals and concerns with Dr Ricketts. Dr Ricketts will guide you through the process and address any questions that you have along the way.

To find out more about breast augmentation and what the surgery involves, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with Dr Sophie Ricketts, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here.

How breast reduction can reduce back pain

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Breast reduction can reduce back pain, as well as shoulder and neck pain caused by heavy breasts.

Often, women with particularly large and heavy breasts struggle with discomfort and pain in the back, neck and shoulders as a result of the excess weight in the chest area. They may also have difficulty with exercising, as well as finding clothes that fit comfortably. The good news is that breast reduction surgery is a highly effective procedure for women who feel uncomfortable with the size of their breasts.

Read on to find out more about the procedure and how it can alleviate pain while improving the overall aesthetic of the breasts.

When should you consider a breast reduction?

In most cases, it is advisable to wait until after puberty before going ahead with breast reduction surgery. By the age of 17 years old, the breasts will be fully developed, and the procedure may be an appropriate option at this stage.

It is important to understand that bodyweight fluctuations can affect the size of the breasts, so if you are actively trying to lose weight, it is worth letting your surgeon know. They may recommend that you wait until you have reached a stable weight before you undergo surgery.

Another important factor to consider before you go ahead with breast reduction surgery is the fact that any breast surgery can affect breastfeeding. So, if you are planning a family, be sure to discuss this with your surgeon.

Does breast reduction include a breast lift?

As part of the natural ageing process (and especially after pregnancy), heavy and large breasts often begin to droop. When breasts sag below the ribs, it can lead to poor posture, as well as excess strain on the shoulders and back muscles.

One of the benefits of breast reduction surgery is that the procedure includes a breast lift. Both the removal of excess tissue and the change of the breast position on the chest contribute to one’s improved comfort following surgery.

What is the ideal size?

By reducing the size and weight of the breasts and lifting the breasts into a better position, it is possible to reduce, and in some cases, even completely alleviate back pain in the back, neck and shoulders. When it comes to choosing the ideal size, it depends on your particular needs and aesthetic goals. It is helpful to speak to your surgeon about the kinds of results that you are hoping to achieve with a breast reduction, as they will be able to advise you based on your overall body size and shape. It is important to understand that each patient is different, so your treatment will be completely tailored to suit your needs and preferences. Don’t be afraid to raise any questions that you have with your surgeon and to ask for their input when it comes to choosing a breast size that will look and feel good on your body.

How can we help?

Dr Sophie Ricketts offers a range of breast procedures, including breast reduction surgery. If you are concerned about the size of your breasts and are suffering from issues like back pain and rashes under the breasts, we encourage you to come in for a consultation.

When you come in and see Dr Sophie Ricketts, she will confirm that you are a suitable candidate for breast reduction surgery. She will explain the procedure to you in detail and address any concerns and questions that you have. She will also take the time to understand your aesthetic goals and guide you through your treatment from beginning to end.

If you would like to find out more about breast reduction surgery and what it involves, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with Dr Sophie Ricketts, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here.  We look forward to reducing your pain and helping you achieve a more balanced aesthetic.