As plastic surgeons, we have a responsibility to establish realistic expectations for the men and women we treat. We would be remiss if we made exaggerated claims about results or about recovery from surgery. That’s why – for all of my procedures, including breast augmentation at my Phoenix-area practice– I’m careful to set realistic expectations and make sure each patient knows exactly what to expect after surgery.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
There’s been a lot of talk about 24-hour recovery from breast enlargement. In my opinion, it’s not entirely responsible to make this claim; everyone heals differently, and that could easily change the nature and duration of recovery. I look at each woman I see for breast augmentation as completely unique, and each treatment plan I develop is custom-tailored as a result.
While I won’t guarantee a recovery timeframe, I am committed to making recovery as comfortable and quick as possible.
What affects breast augmentation recovery?
One of the biggest factors in determining the quality and duration of recovery is what happens during surgery itself. That’s why I use advanced techniques, board-certified anesthesiologists, and certified operating facilities. In fact, all of my breast surgeries are performed at the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center, my own outpatient surgery center. Because I am responsible for this facility, I know the safety standards required of the excellent nurses and anesthesiologists who work there.
I also provide very clear post-surgical guidelines and support so that women feel empowered to make the most of their recovery. By arming them with information and by being available, I’m providing peace of mind. Feeling relaxed and confident can do wonders to speed recovery.
Why Expectations Matter
Proper planning is essential for a complete and comfortable recovery from breast enhancement. I tell my patients that they need to take enough time off from work so that they’re not going back to the office before their recovery is complete. They should also arrange to have someone help them around the house, and have enough food and beverages on hand. I offer additional tips for recovery in a related blog post.
The bottom line: Being realistic is being honest, and in a patient-surgeon relationship, honesty about what to expect during recovery is absolutely essential.
Choosing among the best plastic surgeons in Phoenix and Scottsdale for your breast procedure affects your safety and recovery. I’m always happy to discuss breast augmentation options and recovery expectations with you during a one-on-one consultation. You can request a consultation online or call us at (480) 423-1973 to schedule an appointment.
Published 12/13/10; Updated 10/13/20