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How To Reduce Swelling After A Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast Augmentation With Implants

As you would with any other invasive surgical procedure performed in a hospital, it is recommended for patients to take time off to relax for optimal recovery following a breast augmentation surgery.

A well-planned out recovery period can significantly improve the final outcome of your surgery. It is understandable that some individuals might be distressed about the possible risks of side effects associated with invasive surgical procedures, including swelling, (edema), and painful bruising.

It is important for you to know that some swelling for the first few weeks is expected and a normal part of cosmetic surgery recovery. Fortunately, the severity of these symptoms can be reduced by taking anti-inflammatory medication and they will steadily tend to improve as you heal. Following are some tips that you can follow to reduce the duration and severity of post-operative swelling.

Icing The Skin Surrounding The Wound

If you continue to feel pain despite taking anti-inflammatory medication you can try icing the skin surrounding the incision for additional pain relief during the first week following the surgery. Avoid any direct contact of the wound with ice. Instead, enclose the ice into a cloth so that you would be able to use it for cold compresses. This should be limited to roughly 10 minutes at a time, 3-4 times per day only because excessive cold will slow blood flow and delay healing.

Go Bra-Less

Following the surgery, some plastic surgeon prefer that their patients wear a compression bra for additional support and compression, however, at our clinic, we recommend our patients go bra-less for the first week or two when swelling is at its peak and the pain and pressure from a tight bra will increase discomfort.

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Sleeping At An Incline Angle

It is believed that by sleeping at an inclined angle between 25 to 45 degrees, you can improve blood circulation to the vital areas and shorten the duration of healing. You may use pillows to help you elevate head and shoulders but most women find that it is more comfortable to use bed wedges.

Avoid Increased Heart Rate And Blood Pressure.

For the first few weeks after breast augmentation surgery you may walk and carry on with right activity but cardio workouts and activities which increase blood pressure can increase your swelling as well as your risk of bleeding. Ask Dr. Gartner when the right time t resume workouts will be for you.

Nutritious Diet

As with any other surgical procedures, we recommend our clients to consume a balanced diet for fast recovery. Salt should be restricted as excess salt in the diet can cause retention of water which can worsen the swelling. Pineapples are known to reduce swelling. Similarly, lettuce, eggs, and yogurt may also help reduce the swelling.

With adequate care and dedication from both the patient and the surgeon, it is possible to achieve a fast recovery with minimal discomfort and swelling. A positive recovery experience will allow you to get back to your regular routine and enjoy your body transformation sooner.

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