How long does it take for breast reconstruction to heal?

How long does it take for breast reconstruction to heal?

How long does it take for breast reconstruction to heal?

Most women can start to get back to normal activities within 6 to 8 weeks. If implants are used without flaps, your recovery time may be shorter. Some things to keep in mind: Reconstruction does not restore normal feeling to your breast, but some feeling may return over a period of years.

How long does it take for implants to drop after reconstruction?

Generally speaking, implants begin to drop and fluff after a few days, approach their final position after six weeks, and settle entirely after three months.

What happens if you lose weight after breast reconstruction?

If you continue to lose a small amount of weight after your breast augmentation surgery – between 10 and 15 pounds – there is likely to be little effect on the size of your breasts. However, if you lose 20 or more pounds after surgery, you may end up with breasts that are bigger than what you originally wanted.

Can breast be reconstructed after radiation?

The breast reconstruction is usually completed about 4 to 6 months after radiation. The timing of breast reconstruction is one of the most discussed topics in reconstruction research.

How long after breast surgery can I sleep on my side?

After about 2 weeks, it is okay to sleep on your side, but sleeping on your stomach is not allowed until several weeks after your procedure. If you normally sleep on your stomach or side, it’s a good idea to practice sleeping on your back at least a week before your surgery.

Are implants more comfortable than expanders?

The surgery to exchange your tissue expander to implant is relatively straightforward and is usually done as a same day surgery. Once your implants are placed, you will likely feel more comfortable than you did with the tissue expander.

Will my breast look bigger if I lose weight?

Weight loss or weight gain won’t dramatically affect cup size, says Daniel Maman, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Manhattan who sees several patients for breast surgery every day. For some women, gaining or losing 20 pounds will make them go up or down a cup size; for others, it’s more like 50 pounds.