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  • First Two Days After Surgery

    Before you head home after your surgery, Dr. Ringler may fit you with a special surgical bra for support. He may also prescribe you pain medication. Ideally, you will have arranged in advance for a friend or family member to drive your home and stay with you for the first night. For the first two days, it’s important to get plenty of rest and avoid any unnecessary activity. However, as soon as you feel up to it, it’s good to get the blood circulating by taking occasional walks around the house.

  • Three to Five Days After Surgery

    During this period, you will start to have a bit more energy, but you may still experience soreness, swelling, and minor bleeding around your incisions. You should continue to spend most of your time resting or partaking in very light activity.

  • Five to Ten Days After Surgery

    When you’re approximately one week into your recovery, you should be able to start easing back into your normal daily activities. However, you will still need to avoid any strenuous exercise, and you should refrain from lifting, pushing, or pulling anything over five pounds until Dr. Ringler has cleared you to do so.

  • Two to Three Weeks After Surgery

    By this time, your breast sensitivity should be nearly gone, and you should be mostly back to your typical routine. However, your body still won’t be ready for sports or any other vigorous exercise.

  • Six to Eight Weeks After Surgery

    When you reach this point in your recovery, your breasts should be close to fully healed from the surgery. After six weeks, you should be able to stop wearing your surgical support bra. You’ll also be able to resume your normal workout routine and/or sports participation. If you still aren’t feeling quite like yourself at this point, you should contact Dr. Ringler and schedule a check-up.

To give yourself the best chance of healing properly and enjoying optimal results from your breast augmentation, you should do the following:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Maintain a nutritious diet
  • Consistently wear your support garment
  • Take regular walks
  • Sleep in an upright position
  • Keep a positive attitude
  • Use a cold compress to reduce swelling
  • Contact Dr. Ringler immediately if you experience any complications
  • Err on the side of patience when it comes to resuming activities
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Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS


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