After this, you will be taken to your room or comfortable area where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you’re ready to go home.
Usually a hospital stay of one or two days is required for breast enlargement surgery.
You may experience some pain, swelling and tightness of the chest immediately after the procedure. We will give you medication while you’re with us and to take home to help ease any pain.
We will provide you with a supply of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take home with you after you've left hospital, up to 14 days. This may be at an additional cost to some patients.
After breast enlargement surgery, your consultant will advise you on how to make your recovery as quick as possible. Avoid bending or stooping, strenuous exercise, lifting, swimming and vacuuming for six weeks after your operation.
For several weeks after the surgery you will need to wear a special supportive bra we give you to help your breasts ‘settle down’ and help you feel more comfortable.
When you get home you’ll need to take things easy at first. Arrange at least a week off work and you will gradually be able to return to normal activity within four to six weeks.
It will probably take a couple of months for your breasts to look and feel as though they are back to normal but this is to be expected after enlargement surgery. Most women are very happy with the outcome and many tell us the procedure has given them a real confidence boost.
How your loved ones can help
Once you’re ready to be discharged from hospital, you’ll need to arrange a taxi, friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive. You should also ask them if they can run some light errands such as shopping for you as you won’t feel up to it for a few days.
Looking after you
Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way. After breast enlargement, our consultants will want to see you after your procedure to see how you are doing. A date for your next follow up consultation will be made before you leave the hospital.
On rare occasions, complications following breast enlargement can occur. Complications specific to breast enlargement include infection, which may need to be treated with additional antibiotics and sometimes further surgery. Signs of infection include pain that cannot be controlled with painkillers, swelling, oozing from wounds, fever and the breast being unusually hot to the touch. If you experience any symptoms or have any concerns - please call us straight away.
Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.
If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery and new breasts, we're ready to help.