What can I expect during my recovery after a breast augmentation? January 25, 2023 For the first 48 hours following your breast augmentation Houston patients will be asked to wear their surgical bra and dressings as well as take antibiotics and pain medication to manage your recovery symptoms. After 48 hours following a breast augmentation, patients may resume showering as normal. Within 3 to 5 days, patients may return back to work and resume low-impact daily activities. Swelling and bruising are still to be expected during this time. About 6 weeks following surgery, your swelling and bruising will begin to subside, and Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks may allow you to return to unrestricted physical activity. About 3 to 6 months following your procedure, your breasts will settle into their final position and your scars will begin to fade. Any changes in nipple sensation may start returning to normal within three months as well.