Breast Augmentation Surgery Guidelines

Breast Augmentation Recovery “Dos”

This is a general list of common “dos” and “don’ts” associated with breast augmentation recovery. Be sure to follow the instructions your surgeon gives you.

Be sure to check out the Is Something Wrong, Breast Augmentation Recovery – What to Expect, and Preparing for Breast Augmentation Surgery pages.

You can print the PDF version of this list here.

  • Take your medications as prescribed, particularly antibiotics.
  • Do eat something when taking pain medications to help prevent nausea.
  • Attend all scheduled post-operative appointments.
  • Prior to resuming your normal diet, start with clear liquids and light foods such as soup, dry toast, Jello, etc.
  • Try to avoid sodium (salt) as much as possible, as this interferes with getting rid of swelling and bloating.
  • Follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to the letter.
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Rest – do not do too much too soon. Your body requires energy to heal.
  • Do take photos of your breasts from the front, the side, and oblique angles. This should be done on a weekly basis. Like all women that have breast augmentation surgery, rest assured that you will look at them countless times each day, particularly when you’re in the early stages of recovery. When you are constantly looking at your breasts, you cannot see the small changes that are taking place. This is why photos are so helpful. They allow you to track your progress and see the changes that are taking place.

Breast Augmentation Recovery “Don’ts”

  • Don’t drink alcohol for at least 24 hours, and for as long as you are taking pain medication.
  • Do not sign any legal documents, important papers, or make business decisions for at least 24 hours.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours. After that, it is best to avoid driving until you are no longer under the influence of narcotics (pain meds).
  • Do not lift anything heavy, exercise, or participate in sports until your surgeon has cleared you to do so.
  • Do not apply heat (heating pad, etc.) to the the surgery area.
  • Do not take a bath or get into a jacuzzi/hot tub until your surgeon releases you to do so.
  • Do not lie flat of your back in bed. This results in a great deal of pressure on the chest. Additionally, lying flat of your back does not allow the swelling to move away from the chest area. A reclining position is more comfortable.
  • Do not try to sleep on your stomach or side.
  • If you smoke, try to quit, but if you cannot quit, try not to smoke, especially in the early post-operative days. Smoking interferes with circulation, and can hinder healing.