How to reduce swelling after breast augmentation?

Expected swelling after breast augmentation

How much swelling depends largely on if the implant is placed on top of the muscle or under the muscle. A smaller amount depends on implant size and tissue characteristics. In general: On top of the muscle (subfascial and subglandular): 1-2 week

Under the muscle (subpectoral): most of the swelling will go away by 3-4 weeks but a small amount may persist for a month or so.

In general, making a decision on the final result of your breast augmentation should be delayed until about 2-3 months to make sure most of the swelling has gone away. (Remus Repta, MD, Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon)

Wait 3 months to judge your result

How to reduce swelling after breast augmentation question

Everyone has swelling after breast augmentation. The amount of swelling varies tremendously from patient to patient.

Most patients notice that the swelling is starting to subside in the first week or two. I find that most of the swelling, (let’s say 80% or so), tends to resolve by the end of the first month and most patients are starting to see the results of their surgery.

The rest of the swelling, (the remaining 20%), tends to take a bit longer to go away but most of this is gone 2-3 months after the surgery. In our office for example, we wait 3 months after the surgery before we take the after pictures. At this point we can see what the surgical result is because most of the the swelling is gone. (James H. Schmidt, MD, Sarasota Plastic Surgeon)

Swelling after breast augmentation

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Swelling is normal after breast augmentation. It varies among individuals and even among surgeons depending upon how traumatic the technique and whether or not an implant is placed that exceeds what the breast pocket would require for a natural fill.

In my practice, most swelling is resolved in a couple of weeks, but it may take longer to resolve swelling completely. I advise my patients not to spend a lot of money on bras until the breast swelling is resolved and the breasts have remodeled and reach their final shape. (Mark D. Epstein, MD, Stony Brook Plastic Surgeon)

Reduce swelling after breast augmentation

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There is typically very little swelling after breast enhancement surgery with prosthetic implantation, but this may depend on how much breast tissue you possess prior to surgery and how much skin relaxation you have.

The skin and the breast tissue in most patients is tight immediately afterwards and may take 4 weeks to 3 months to accommodate the implant and subsequently resolve. Our patients are started on focused, nurse quided massage starting at week 2 (and continue focused massage forever!) which deifinitely helps improve swelling. (John Philip Connors III, MD, FACS, Atlanta Plastic Surgeon)

Little swelling but implants may look high

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There should be very little swelling with breast augmentation surgery. However, many patients feel that they are swollen at first because there implants are positioned high. As they descend within 3 wks to 3 months the breast looks less swollen when in reality the implant has just dropped into position. (Pramit Malhotra, MD, Ann Arbor Plastic Surgeon)

Swelling after augmentation requires patience

Some swelling in the breast and surrounding tissue is expected after augmentation. The swelling will peak at about three days, and then begin to subside. The swelling may only have a small impact on eventual cup size. Right after augmentation the breast tissue is challenged to adopt a new form and shape which the implant size and shape will help dictate. The process of the breast and implant working in together can take up to three months, especially if you were very small breasted to start with, or have chosen a very full augmentation.

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During this time the breast may feel a little stiff and the skin tight and as mentioned can last the first to the third month after. Patients can often feel that they are too big during this first part of healing.

In our practice I provide the first bra after augmentation, a soft cup without underwire, and place a band over the top of the breast to keep the implant centered in the breast pocket, and continue this for the first two weeks. After I have them use the bra alone and any similar bra if they wish for the first eight weeks. After they can buy and bra that they wish, underwire, sidestay, pushup, but ask them to shop slowly, as the breast settles in and has a better flow with the implant bra size and style may change.

Cup size can be tricky especially if you are very petite, the smaller your chest the larger the relative cup size. If you wear a 32 (hard to find) the cup may be a D, and in a 34 to 36 the same size cup will be marked a C. Don’t worry about bras too soon. Remember many patients feel too big right after aumentation, things don’t often feel right at this early time.

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Remember too that many patients who felt too big immediately after also comfess that if they had surgery over again they might have gone a bit bigger. Have patience. You should be fine. (Peter E. Johnson, MD, Chicago Plastic Surgeon)

Swelling after breast augmentation

Swelling after breast augmentation is a very common concern. With any surgery, there is always swelling post-operatively. After placing breast implants the swelling within the breasts will peak within the first week, then slowly subside over the next few weeks to months. It’s not unusual to be a cup size larger during this time. Every woman is different but usually by three months most of the swelling will disappear, and the bra size should then remain stable. Enjoy the new breasts! (Keith M. Blechman, MD, New York Plastic Surgeon)

Breast changes after augmentation

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Swelling resolves and implants settle for several months after augmentation. Since your surgery was only 5 days ago, it’s way too early to make any decisions regarding your final result. It’s important to keep your follow up appointments with your plastic surgeon and follow his/her advice. (James Knoetgen, III, MD, Fresno Plastic Surgeon)

Swelling After Breast Augmentation

After a breast augmentation one can expect a few days of moderate swelling depending on the type of procedure. After six weeks it is time to be sized for a new bra to compliment your new appearance. At this time you should have a good feel for your postoperative size. (Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD, Houston Plastic)