Your Breast Augmentation Recovery Timeline

The recovery process following your breast enhancement in Toronto at Edelstein Cosmetic is an important part of the path toward achieving great results. The following timeline is what you can generally expect.

The First Few Hours After Surgery
When you awake from your surgery, you’ll be in the recovery room where you’ll remain for a few hours under the watchful eye of your dedicated team of nurses and doctors.

The First 24 Hours
A few patients react negatively to the anesthetic after surgery. You may feel nauseous and vomit. This usually lasts less than 24 hours and should be treated with lots of fluids, Gravol and rest.

The Second Day
You’ll be able to take showers from the second day after your surgery.

The First Three Days
For the first three days you should try to restrict your arm movements.  Move your arms slowly and avoid sudden jerky movements of the chest and breast area to prevent complications from occurring.

After Three Days
You will be able to resume relatively normal non-strenuous activities, however avoid lifting.

The Third to Fifth Day
Maximum swelling occurs at this time.

After Five Days to a Week
You will be able to go back to work, although you may need to wait a little longer if your work is physically challenging.

After 10 Days to Two Weeks
The ends of sutures may be trimmed if necessary.

By The End of Two Weeks
Most bruising and swelling will resolve by this time. You may also feel discomfort and pain, which is generally well controlled by pain medications.  

After Two Weeks
You will be able to submerge yourself in a bath, swimming pool, or whirlpool after two weeks. If you have been wearing a tensor bandage wrapped around your chest, it will be removed.

After Three Weeks
You will be able to begin your regular exercise routine, specifically aerobic and lower body weight training. You will also be able to resume sexual activities at this time.

After Six Weeks
Upper body weight training and push-ups should not be done until six weeks after your surgery.

After Two Months
Up to this time after your breast enhancement, you will have been wearing a bra at all times (day and night, including while you’re sleeping). You will be able to stop doing this. You will also be able to start wearing an underwire bra.

Your Breast Enhancement Results

After Three to Four Months
By this time, your breasts will have “dropped and fluffed” , meaning they will have settled and look more natural. Read more about dropping and fluffing. Tightness will be alleviated and a gradual enlargement and rounding out of the lower portion of your breasts will occur. Enjoy bra shopping at this time!  


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Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation


The 24 Hour Recovery Breast Augmentation Myth

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Preparing for Your Breast Augmentation

Incision Placement

Implant Placement

Dual Plane Breast Augmentation

Asian Breast Augmentation

Augmentation Mastopexy in a Single Procedure (Single Stage)

Staged Augmentation Mastopexy

Transumbilical Breast Augmentation

Breast Implants

What Size Do I Choose?

Cohesive Gel Implants

Saline Implants

Breast Implant Projection

Breast Implant Complications Overview

Breast Implant Ruptures


Teardrop Implants Versus Round Implants

Allergan Breast Implants

Allergan Breast Implants Warranty Information

Mentor Cohesive Silicone Gel Breast Implants

Mentor Saline Breast Implants

Mentor Silicone Breast Implants Warranty

Mentor Saline Breast Implants Warranty

Breastfeeding With Breast Implants

Drop and Fluff

Mammograms and Breast Implants

Choosing The Right Breast Implants To Give You A Lift

Do Breast Implants Last For 10 Years?

Cohesive Silicone Breast Implant Ruptures

After Surgery

Your Breast Enhancement Recovery Timeline

Best Bra After Breast Augmentation

Post-Operative Care Instructions

Exercise Guidelines for Fitness Models After Breast Augmentation

Massage Exercises Following Surgery

Breast Implants and Stretch Marks

How Much Cleavage to Expect After Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation for Fitness Models

Natural Looking Breast Augmentation

Fake Looking Breast Augmentation

Breast Implant Removal (Explant)

Breast Augmentation and Self Esteem

Breast Augmentation and Cancer


Infection After Breast Augmentation

General Breast Information

Anatomy of the Breast

Breast Musculature

The Ideal Breast?

What is Breast Asymmetry?

Inverted Nipples

Nipple Reduction Surgery for Women

Nipple Augmentation, Nipple Reduction and Inverted Nipple Correction FAQs

Tuberous Breast Deformity

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Memberships and qualifications held by Dr. Jerome Edelstein

dr edelstein certifications

Dr. Jerome Edelstein is an active member of the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Canadian Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS), Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) and the International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery (ICPRAS). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPSC) as well as is in good standing with The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Ongoing medical education is mandated as a condition of membership to the ASAPS, ASPS and as a Fellow of the RCPSC. This means that Dr. Edelstein always remains at the forefront of the Plastic Surgery field.

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