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A Guide to post-operative care following breast augmentation Surgery

Dr Hanikeri offers a range of surgical procedures for the breasts, body and face.

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There are a few factors to bear in mind when recovering from breast augmentation surgery.

Breast augmentation surgery is a highly effective treatment for women who would like to enhance the shape and size of their breasts. The procedure is a popular choice and produces some excellent results. If you are considering breast implants, it is important to understand that the process requires major surgery, and you will need to take some time off to properly recover. Read on to find out what you should know about the healing process, and how you can ensure that your recovery goes as smoothly as possible…

Get adequate rest

Once your surgery is complete and you have been given the go-ahead to return home, you will need to have someone drive you home from the hospital. It is also a good idea to have someone stay with you for the first couple of days following surgery as you may need some help with certain day-to-day activities. As you heal from your procedure, you must take enough time to rest. Prepare a comfortable space to sleep and wear loose-fitting clothing that won’t cause irritation or discomfort. The healing process is different for everyone, so try and be patient and give yourself adequate time to properly recuperate.

Listen to your surgeon

When it comes to enjoying a smooth recovery, one of the best things you can do following breast augmentation surgery is to adhere to any instructions or advice your surgeon gives you. This may involve taking medications to manage pain, or antibiotics to prevent infection; wearing a compression garment to reduce swelling and cleaning your surgical incisions. Dr Mark Hanikeri provides patients looking for breast augmentation in Albany and in Perth with an abundance of post-operative instructions and material to help with a successful recovery.

Avoid strenuous exercise  

While light exercise like walking can aid the recovery process, it is advisable to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for up to six weeks after breast augmentation surgery. High impact activity could cause issues with your implants in the early stage of recovery, so you must wait for your surgeon’s go-ahead before resuming your usual workout regime.  


Smoking can hinder the body’s ability to properly heal, so you must avoid this habit after your procedure. If you are a smoker, you should commit to quitting the habit before you undergo surgery. Dr Hanikeri will not offer surgery until patients have stopped smoking for six weeks pre op.

Do not sleep on your stomach

Once your surgery is complete and you have returned home, you should try and get plenty of sleep. Remember that you should not sleep on your stomach until your surgeon lets you know that it is safe to do so. Sleeping on your stomach may feel painful, and the position may also have a detrimental effect on the results of your treatment. Rather lie on your back — you may find it comfortable to place pillows underneath your lower back as this helps to promote blood flow to the site of surgery. If you prefer, you can sleep in a recliner while you recover from your procedure.

How can we help?

Dr Mark Hanikeri offers several breast, face and body procedures, including breast augmentation to patients in Albany and in Perth. If you live in Albany or Perth and are considering a breast augmentation procedure, we recommend that you come in for a consultation so that you can discuss your aesthetic goals and raise any questions that you might have about the procedure or recovery process. If you would like to find out more about breast augmentation and the techniques that Dr Hanikeri uses, please have a look here. 

Dr Mark Hanikeri provides services in Perth and surrounds, and travels to Albany to perform breast augmentation procedures. If you would like to arrange a consultation with Dr Mark Hanikeri, please get in touch here or give us a call on (08) 9380 0311.  

Besides breast augmentation, Dr Mark Hanikeri also offers several other surgical and non-surgical procedures designed to enhance the appearance of the breasts, body and face. To find out more about these treatments, please have a look here.