In the past, breast augmentation recovery would take one to two weeks, requiring patients to rest at home and refrain from engaging in normal daily activities. This downtime was difficult for many women who regularly juggle the responsibilities of a full-time job and raising a family. In order to help reduce the recovery time after breast augmentation, Indiana board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Fata began using the Breast Augmentation 24-Hour Recovery Program 5 years ago for all of his patients. This program effectively reduces your downtime after surgery so that you can more quickly resume your regular routine. The primary reason traditional breast augmentation had a long recovery was because the swelling and spasm of the chest muscles caused considerable pain around the breast implant. In order to address this pain, you would typically need to take narcotic pain medications which can be associated with side effects such as drowsiness, fatigue, and nausea, all of which slowed down the recovery process. Dr. Fata’s Breast Augmentation 24-Hour Recovery Program reduces the pain you experience from muscle swelling and spasm by replacing these restrictive bandages with a more comfortable supportive bra. Muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medications are also prescribed during and after your breast augmentation procedure to reduce spasms. Dr. Fata will have you start engaging in range of motion exercises that will stretch and soften the muscles in your breast region while you are still at our surgery center. These alterations to your aftercare regimen will eliminate the need for narcotic pain medication. Instead, the more minimal levels of pain you experience can generally be controlled by non-narcotic pain medications, enabling you to resume normal daily activities the day after your breast augmentation procedure. It is important to understand that you will still need to avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activity for about two weeks. Other than that, you are free to do anything you feel comfortable doing right away. Please contact Dr. Fata today to schedule your confidential consultation. Renaissance Plastic Surgery serves patients in Indianapolis, Indiana.