For some women, breast implant removal has an easier recovery period than their original breast implant surgery. You will still need a friend or family member to drive you home and help you for the day or so after your procedure. There will be swelling and bruising during the first two weeks. Dr. Pratt will put a compression bra in place to help reduce the swelling, which will begin to subside within a few days to a week. Get plenty of rest during this period and sleep on your back or side. Avoid lifting anything over five pounds.
Patients can return to work once they feel comfortable with sedentary work or light activity, usually within a few days to a week. It will be 4-6 weeks until you can exercise again. Although the swelling with fade until you don’t notice it anymore, and you may feel fully recovered, keep in mind that your breasts are still healing and settling into their final position, which may take several months.