Recovery Time and Complications Recovery time following these extensive procedures is extremely important. Khuthaila says that initial recovery (meaning, you can get out of bed, walk around on your own, and be relatively independent) can take one to three weeks. She recommends taking at least two weeks off of work, and plan to have help at home for those first weeks, especially if you have an infant or toddler. Lifting heavy objects (anything over 10 pounds -- including your kiddos) is a no-no. Typically, it takes four to six weeks to resume your normal exercise routine.
Complications aren't uncommon, and can range from minor (delayed wound healing) to long-term (loss of feeling in nipple area). Other complications include hematoma (internal bleeding), infection, asymmetrical breasts, scarring or seroma (leaking fluid).
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