Recovering from Breast Surgery, before Your Big Day

As your wedding day approaches, you may want to take steps to look and feel your absolute best. If you’ve been considering breast augmentation surgery, there’s no time like the present to approach the steps that are needed to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Before you schedule your surgery, you should consider the amount of time that it’ll take to recover from the surgery.

The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable, with swollen and bruised breasts that don’t look their best in your wedding gown. The good news is that the recovery phase is fairly predictable, so you’ll be able to have an idea as to how long you’ll need to recover prior to walking down the aisle.

Six to eight weeks of recovery

Each recovery is different, and it’s important to keep this in mind. You may feel almost no postoperative discomfort, whereas a friend of yours may have dealt with considerable discomfort after her surgery. Generally speaking, you’ll experience some discomfort and limited range in motion for the first one to two weeks after surgery. By the sixth postoperative week you should feel back to normal. Your body should have healed from the surgery itself, and any bruising should have subsided. You may need a few extra weeks to recover and abstain from activities that require you raise your arms about your head or need you to lift anything.

Scheduling your surgery several months ahead of your wedding day will ensure that you are fully recovered when you say “I do.”

Holding off on the final fitting for your gown

According to the plastic surgery expertise offered at, postoperative swelling can last for several months, so it’s important that you hold off on buying fancy bras and those pretty summer dresses you’ll wear on your honeymoon. Even more important, be sure not to schedule your final fitting for your wedding gown until the swelling has gone done completely.

Your surgeon will provide you with postoperative instructions that will help you to minimize and control the swelling that is so often seen after breast augmentation surgery.

Listen to your body, don’t overdo it

If there’s one thing common to many brides is that they often feel overwhelmed and take on too much in the months and weeks leading up to their big day. When you are recovering from a major surgery, the last thing that you need to do is to overdo it and exhaust yourself. 

When the fatigue hits, take it as a sign that you need to step back and slow down. If you need to rely on family members and friends to help you pick up the slack, then do so. There’s no need to handle everything by yourself.

Stick to a healthy diet and keep moving

You should definitely avoid working out until you are fully healed. You can, however, take short walks to keep your blood flowing. Stick to a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with lean protein. This will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to heal during recovery and will also help you to look and feel your best in the weeks leading up to your big day.

Be sure to follow the postoperative instructions that your surgeon provides and remember to enjoy this wonderful time in your life as the most romantic day of your life fast approaches.