What is the Recovery Time After a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation surgery is a big decision that can provide patients with life-changing results. The procedure is designed to enhance the size and shape of your breasts and can have a positive impact on every aspect of your life including psychological benefits. It’s common for many women to see a boost in self-image and self-confidence once they achieve their desired contours.

Dr. Tenley K. Lawton is a highly-skilled surgeon who uses the latest advancements in medical technologies allowing you to get back to your life as quickly as possible. She is meticulous in her techniques and has perfected the art of creating and closing incisions in a way that gives you an optimal outcome with the least amount of downtime.*

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Your breast surgery will be done under general anesthesia and is performed as an outpatient procedure. You’ll be unable to drive, so it’s important to have someone on-call to take you home after your operation. A friend or family member should also be available to stay with you up to 24-hours post-surgery.

You will be on restricted activities 1-2 weeks after your breast augmentation. Walking around your home and minor activities are okay in 1-2 days following your procedure.

In most cases, you can return to light activities or work within 1-week. After 2-weeks you can begin to slowly incorporate more strenuous activities into your routine. Listen to your body. It will tell you when enough is enough. Pushing yourself too hard can prolong the healing process and result in potential complications.

Dr. Lawton explained all facets of the reconstruction clearly and by the day of the bi-lateral mastectomy, I felt extremely confident in her abilities. I was stunned as the surgery and recuperation were much more manageable than I had anticipated.


On the day of surgery, Dr. Lawton was great. She explained everything that was going to happen in the operating room. When I was in recovery she spent time with my husband discussing the operation and telling him that I was doing well. Dr. Lawton met with me again prior to me leaving the hospital. Any decision to have plastic surgery is a serious decision and having Dr. Lawton as my surgeon was a great choice. I have recommended her to many.


I cannot say enough about the skill and professionalism of Dr. Lawton and her staff. I previously had an appointment with another surgeon and began feeling uncomfortable about my decision to have breast augmentation surgery. Upon my consultation with Dr. Lawton, I immediately felt at ease. She gave me more information about the surgery and what to expect than I could have imagined. Dr. Lawton was understanding of my concerns and genuinely cares for her patients on a personal level. Not only is her staff kind, the office environment is light and easy. My surgery was a pleasant experience and my results are absolutely amazing!


Due to high recommendations, I traveled from Michigan to California to consult with Dr. Lawton regarding breast augmentation. After meeting with her I felt very confident that she was indeed the right person to perform the surgery. My comfort level with Dr. Lawton made a previously difficult decision quite easy. I really appreciate the time that her & her kind, educated staff spent with me to put my mind at ease. She listened carefully to my wishes & delivered spectacular results. I couldn’t be happier with my entire experience, thank you Dr. Lawton!


Following my double mastectomy, I was so relieved and grateful to have Dr. Lawton as my plastic surgeon for reconstruction. She made me feel so comfortable, it felt more like she was a lifelong friend or sister that I knew would have my health, safety and best interests priority. At the same time, she offered superior professionalism alongside her exceptional bedside manner. Obviously, breast cancer and its ramifications are extremely stressful, so having a doctor with whom I felt so at ease, was a Godsend. My sincerest gratitude, Dr. Lawton.


Planning ahead by stocking up on easily-accessible meals, prescriptions, and plenty of entertainment can facilitate a more comfortable recovery time.

Dr. Lawton provides each of her patients with individualized recovery plans tailored to their surgery. Your recovery instructions are based on the implant type, incision type, your general health, and other key factors. At the time of your initial consultation, she’ll talk to you in-depth about what you can do to help ensure an optimal outcome from your breast surgery.

Would you like to learn more about the Breast Augmentation procedures? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 835-4617 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual results may vary.

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