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Hi everyone,

Just wondering how long it took everyone to recover?? Seems to really vary from 2-14 days.

Could you please share your experiences? I am considering BA but need to know what to expect 😕

Have seen many comments throughout forum but it would really help to have in one spot.

For example, was your BA above/below muscle, dr name, recovery length, level of pain plus your pain threshold, nausea, how long until you could lift your arms and so on.

Thanks

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I had dual plane, 385cc implants done by Dr Layt. My recovery period was a couple of days. The anaesthetic made me ill for two days. I couldn’t keep down pain meds for 24 hours so ended up going without them. The worst part was getting a good sleep and being comfortable at night time. Pain wasn’t really pain, just uncomfortable. My pain threshold is really bad, I’m a big sook but somehow managed to deal with a BA easily. Everyone is different. I could lift my arms the following day. Hope that helps. 

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I had a long recovery, initial phase I was really uncomfortable until day 3 (then I stopped pain meds as they were making me sick) from there I was ok but couldn't use my arms much at all for ages and sleeping was to be blunt, a nightmare. Somewhere between 2 and 3 months I began to feel normal again, now at 4.5 months I am back to doing everything I could before (just about, still have discomfort and trouble doing some things with my arms). Until about the 2.5/3 month mark I was thinking that the pain and change to my everyday activities were not worth the end result. Now though its ok and I am starting to feel good about my decision to have had it done. I definitely wasn't one of the lucky ones who had an straight forward recovery. I would recommend lots of remedial massage as it made a huge difference for me after having to sleep upright etc and the changes my body went through. 

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@BAM yes I can see from your topic in September that it can take awhile to recover. Glad to hear your finally starting to feel better 🙂

@Jugs thanks for letting me know of your experience 🌼

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I had my BA 5 months ago, 375cc below the muscle, Dr Sam Cunneen. I have a pretty good pain threshold (had 2 kids naturally without drugs). I had no nausea and minimal pain for the first few days, more like discomfort and tightness. I could move my arms pretty well. When the bruising and swelling came out on Day 3 it was more painful, not so much on the boobs but all the way around the ribs. Then I had severe constant back pain in the thoracic area, I think from my body adjusting to the weight change on my chest. The back pain was awful as nothing relieved it but I think by the 3 week mark it was starting to ease. The process was a little challenging but definitely worth it! 

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I had my BA at 9am, was home by 11am. I slept for a couple of hours and was out and about running errands by 4pm. I took tramadol for 2 days, then tylenol for 2 more days. I didnt drive myself anywhere for 5 days but otherwise felt completely fine.

Its different for everyone but I didnt feel bad for long at all. 🤷‍♀️

I had 495cc under the muscle.

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I had my BA 4 years ago with Dr. Harwood who has retired now. I got 270cc under the muscle and I got teardrops. It doesn't matter what operation I have, I always feel very ill and vomit for the first 3 days after anaesthetic. I stopped taking my painkillers on day 3 after my BA because my husband was going back to work and I needed to be lucid for the kids. I found day 5 I felt human again and I drove a very short distance to take my kids to a park. I only lasted an hour and a half as I was so tired. The first week was the hardest for me. I went back to work after having 2 weeks off. I am a domestic cleaner and I did find the first week back at work a little difficult. But I was fine. I have no regrets about my BA.

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Hey hun, it really does vary with recovery times. My recovery went really well, I didn't take the pain meds, just panadol for the first couple of days. I was ill from the anaesthesia, but only on the first day and by day two I was fine - I always get sick from general anaesthetics. I think sleeping upright was the worst and I did that for two weeks, you need lots of pillows for support and one under your knees to ease potential lower back pain. I took it easy for the first week, but went for a slow walk on day one and kept moving as that helps with recovery. I am also very fit and healthy and that makes a difference as I didn't need my arms to push myself up and out of bed or chairs, I can use my legs and spring up easily.

I was back to running by week 6, but it took a while to get my speed and distance back. I went back to swimming from around week 12. I am now almost 12 months post op and still thrilled with my decision to have my BA and with my outcome. :) xo

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Hi and welcome,  i am just over 1 yr po with 440cc hp anatomical dual plane  (partial unders )  Surgeon Dr Sam Cunneen, Perth.

I had a pretty good recovery no pain just stiffness and a tight feeling in my chest (a lot like breastfeeding  engorgement) about day 3 like Mumma-K  i had some brusing come up arond my ribs which over a couple of days got worse before it got better (was very tender all the way down to my hips) by the 2 wk mark was feeling much better and began doing gentle walking on a treadmill  (under ps guidelines ) i did hace a bit of a hick-up at 5/6 wpo i slipped on some water at my local shopping center and put my arms out to break my fall which resulted in me jaring my chest and twisted my ankle,  was swolen and sore for a week but no damage done thankfully,  other than that my recovery has been fine.  The day of surgery i was supprisingly calm woke up ok only had a bit of nausea and was sick once after that i was fine i think i have a pretty good pain threshold,  my surgeon said people who have had kids usually cope better than people who hav'nt,  and i was fine taking my pain meds where as some people get a little nauseous from them.

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Thanks @sabP good point regarding level of health and fitness. Definitely might need to get mine back up before hand 😄

@I HaveBoobsHaveBoobs

Ouch for the slip worst timing! Also another great point regarding whether you've had bubs and gone through child birth.

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Heya, I had implants on the bigger side (755cc) under the muscle as my first surgery.

I felt the worst for around 4 days after the surgery. Day 1 and 2 I was sore and stiff, no movement in my upper arms at all and I felt tired and very tight. The pain wasn't unbearable, just very uncomfortable, like how you feel when you overdo chest exercises (multiplied by about 50)

Day 3 and 4 I was extremely nauseous and vomiting, and to be honest that was way worse than the pain. I felt the worst during these days as I was running out of strong pain meds and trying to make them last. In reality I should have just taken them, as on day 5 I really turned the corner and didn't really need them anymore.

After day 5 I felt better in leaps and bounds. Still sore, still tight, but had a bit more movement and strength, and was able to do a lot more for myself that made me feel human again. I went back to work after a little more than a week off.

As some others have said, sleeping was a pain and I couldn't lie down flat until around 4 weeks after the surgery.

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