After your breast augmentation surgery you will probably wake up feeling very tired, groggy, and sore. As the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some common side effects, such as light bruising, swelling, and itching for up to 3 weeks. Most pain will fade after the first 5 to 7 days. The patient may experience pain or hypersensitivity in the areola (nipples) for up to 3 weeks.
Patients should also be aware that breast implants are not meant to last forever, and that breast implants can shift, become infected, leak or even rupture. Patients should familiarize themselves with the symptoms that indicate possible complications and be prepared to address them promptly should they occur.
One of the potential risks of breast augmentation/enlargement is a condition called capsular contraction, in which the scar tissue around the implant begins to harden and contract, affecting the softness and the natural contour of the breast. Massages are recommended for 3 months post-surgery to prevent this condition, but for the first 2 weeks, massaging every day is very important.