Breast implant removal and capsulectomy requires recovery time, and it’s best to be aware of the details of the recovery process. To help you be as physically and emotionally prepared as possible for your procedure, we’ve created this breast implant removal recovery timeline.

Week 1

After breast explant surgery (breast implant removal), you will need to focus completely on recovery. This initial recovery period will create a strong foundation for optimal results. Breast explant patients must take at least five to seven days off work to rest and recover.

Patients will need to wear an ACE bandage after the procedure to reduce swelling. This will also give support to the newly reconstructed breasts. After 48 hours, patients can take a shower and replace the bandage as directed by the surgeon.

A nerve block is used during a breast explant procedure to prevent patients from feeling pain. Prescription pain medication can be taken as directed to relieve discomfort or pain. Patients can also expect bruising and swelling for a time. A cool compress can help reduce the swelling.

A drain will be placed in each breast for the first three to five days after the breast implant removal. Drains remove excess fluid and blood to avoid hematomas and seromas. Depending on the body’s reaction during the recovery period, the drains will be removed after three to five days but sometimes can be in place longer if the body is still producing fluid.

Light movement is encouraged to keep the blood flowing. Movements should be as minimal as possible to avoid putting pressure on the breasts; less pressure on the breasts will help speed up the healing process. When sleeping or resting, lie on your side or back for comfort.

Stay away from people who smoke during the recovery period. Secondhand smoke is just as harmful as smoking and will slow down your healing process after breast implant removal.

At the end of the week, you will come back for a follow-up consultation to check on your healing progress.

Week 2

Desk work can be resumed during the second week of the recovery period. Driving may still be strenuous for patients at this point. Avoid physical activities as much as possible and focus on recovering properly.

Continue to follow aftercare instructions until notified by Dr. Rai.

Week 4

Breast explant patients can begin wearing normal bras without underwire at this point. Follow-up visits may be scheduled if necessary. Tenderness or soreness may still be experienced. Contact Dr. Rai immediately if complications like chest pain, chills, fever, or nausea are experienced.

Depending on your healing progress, you may resume strenuous activities after four to six weeks. Heavy lifting or exercise may be performed with caution if you are cleared to resume them. Always listen to your body’s response, and do not force activities that can put strain on your body.

Contact Us to Learn More

The specifics of the breast implant removal recovery timeline are different for everyone. The best way to learn more is to book your consultation at Cosmetic Surgical Center. Dr. Rai will discuss everything you need to know before, during, and after the procedure to help you be as prepared as possible. Contact us today to make your appointment.