It’s common to feel confused, disoriented, and emotional after your surgery. Be sure to mention if you feel nauseated, as an anti-nausea medication can be administered. The recovery team will continue to monitor your vitals. Once your awareness improves and your oxygen saturation increases, you will be released. You will need someone to drive you home, pick up your pain medication, fix you something to eat, and retrieve items like water or ice packs as you relax.
After the first day, you may feel well enough to return to work. Your first post-operative appointment will be scheduled 5-10 days after surgery, at which point your dressings may be changed. Bruising should decrease within two weeks and more strenuous activities may be resumed
after three weeks. Physical contact with the breasts can be resumed after 4 weeks. It could take up to a year for the scars to fade.
Results of nipple enhancement can be seen right away, and are generally permanent. The breasts can droop or sag naturally with age, however. It is normal for the skin to appear shiny and red due to swelling at first. Puckering should clear up between weeks two and six. Numbness should also dissipate by six weeks. Revision surgeries for areola reduction are rare and the newer techniques (like wedge excision) yield high patient satisfaction.