Reducing bruising and swelling after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery (surgery for breast implants) is an essential aspect of the healing process. You should be aware that swelling and bruising are normal and expected after surgery, and it’s not possible to make the swelling completely go away in the initial recovery. But there are things you can do to minimise these effects and increase your comfort levels.
Reducing bruising and swelling after breast augmentation mammoplasty can also help your body’s healing process and reduce (though not completely rule out) post-op complications.
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Main Reasons for Reducing Bruising and Swelling After Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty
· Can help reveal post-op results
Positive results are never a guarantee, and you won’t be able to see the results straight away because of swelling. Therefore, taking good care of your body after surgery is one of the many things can help you attain your desired results. Since swelling and bruising can initially obscure the results of surgery, the reduction of these post-op side effects can make the results more apparent.
· Can reduce discomfort
Swelling can cause discomfort and tenderness in the breast area, making it difficult to perform everyday activities. By reducing swelling, patients can experience a more comfortable and manageable healing process.
· Helps the overall healing process
Reducing swelling and bruising helps to minimise the risk of complications and encourages the body to heal faster. This can help reduce the amount of time it takes to and return to normal activities. That being said, there are still risks and the possibility of complications. Just because you’ve taken steps to reduce swelling and bruising doesn’t mean you’ve done all you need to do to recover. You’ll still need to follow all your other post-op advice.
Preparing Before Surgery to Minimise Bruising and Swelling Following Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty
Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Jeremy Hunt has a thorough understanding of the latest techniques for helping patients deal with swelling and bruising. He will provide you with detailed pre-operative instructions that should be followed carefully to reduce the risk of complications. These may include guidelines for diet and nutrition, avoiding certain medications, and preparing for the procedure.
Discussing post-operative care with your surgeon
Before your procedure, it’s important to discuss your post-operative care plan. This will give you a clear understanding of what you can expect in the days and weeks following your surgery and what steps you should take to minimise bruising and swelling after breast augmentation mammoplasty.
By following these guidelines, you can ensure that you are well-prepared for your breast augmentation mammoplasty procedure.
Post-Operative Care Techniques Used to Minimise Bruising and Swelling
There are several techniques that plastic surgeons can use to minimise (although not completely get rid of) bruising and swelling after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery. Here are some of the most common methods:
- Compression therapy: after the procedure, your plastic surgeon may recommend wearing a compression garment or bandage to help reduce swelling and promote healing. Compression therapy can also help with any discomfort
- Ice therapy: applying ice packs to the breast area can help reduce swelling and discomfort in the first few days after surgery. Your plastic surgeon will provide specific instructions for how often and for how long to apply ice
- Gentle exercise and movement: encouraging gentle exercise and movement after surgery can help improve circulation and reduce the risk of complications. Your plastic surgeon will provide specific instructions for how much activity is appropriate and when it’s safe to return to normal activities
- Pain management: over-the-counter pain medication can help manage discomfort, but be sure to consult your plastic surgeon before taking any new medications. In some cases, prescription pain medication may be necessary
- Avoiding strenuous activity and heavy lifting: it’s important to avoid any strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for at least several weeks after surgery to allow time for proper healing and reduce the risk of complications
Recovery After Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Surgery
After breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery, proper long-term healing is crucial for people who want to make the most of their surgical experience. Here are some steps that can help facilitate the healing process and minimise the risk of complications:
- Proper incision care: proper care of the incision site is important to minimise the risk of infection, scarring, and other complications. Your plastic surgeon will provide specific instructions for how to care for the incision, including when to remove any dressing and when to begin showering
- Avoiding certain activities: to reduce the risk of complications and promote proper healing, it’s important to avoid certain activities, such as strenuous physical activity and heavy lifting, for several weeks after surgery. Your plastic surgeon will provide specific guidelines for when you can return to normal activities
- Regular follow-up appointments: regular follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon are important to monitor healing and address any concerns or complications that may arise
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle: maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including eating a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated, and avoiding smoking, can help promote proper healing and reduce the risk of complications
- Wearing a compression garment: your plastic surgeon may recommend wearing a compression garment or bandage to help reduce swelling and promote healing
By following these steps and working closely with your plastic surgeon, you can encourage proper long-term healing after breast augmentation mammoplasty.
FAQs about Reducing Bruising and Swelling After Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty
What can I do to minimise bruising and swelling after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery?
You will have to be patient for the swelling and bruising to subside over time. However, there are several steps you can take to treat bruising and swelling after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery. These include:
- Taking prescribed medications: your plastic surgeon may prescribe pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs to help reduce swelling and discomfort after surgery
- Using ice: applying ice to the affected area can help reduce swelling. Wrap ice packs in a towel or cloth and apply to the affected area for 20-30 minutes at a time, several times a day
- Elevating the breasts: keeping your breasts elevated, especially when lying down, can help reduce swelling. Use pillows or a foam wedge to elevate your breasts while sleeping
- Wearing a surgical bra: your plastic surgeon may recommend wearing a surgical bra to help reduce swelling and provide support to the breasts during the healing process
- Avoiding physical activity: avoid any strenuous physical activity, such as heavy lifting or vigorous exercise, for several weeks after surgery to minimise swelling
- Following a healthy diet: eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help support the healing process and reduce swelling
How long does it take for bruises and swelling to go away after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery?
The amount of time it takes for bruises and swelling to go away after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery will vary from person to person. Here’s what you can expect:
- Bruising: bruising is a common side effect of breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery and can take several weeks to fade. The amount of bruising you experience will depend on several factors, including the surgical technique used, the size of the implants, and your own body’s healing process
- Swelling: swelling is also a normal part of the postoperative period and can last for several weeks to several months. The extent of swelling you experience will depend on the size of the implants, the surgical technique used, and your own body’s healing process
- Timeline: most patients will notice a significant reduction in swelling and bruising within the first week to 10 days after surgery. However, it may take several weeks or months for the swelling and bruises to completely subside
Can I use ice to reduce swelling after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery?
Applying ice to the affected area can help reduce swelling after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery.
Here’s what you need to know about using ice:
- Timing: ice should be applied as soon as possible after surgery and for the first 24-48 hours. This will help reduce swelling and minimise discomfort
- Method: wrap a few ice packs or a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel and apply to the affected area for 20-30 minutes at a time, several times a day. Be sure to remove the ice before it gets too cold to avoid damaging the skin
- Precautions: do not apply ice directly to the skin as this can cause cold injury or frostbite. Always wrap the ice packs in a towel or cloth before applying to the skin
- Alternative methods: if you don’t have access to ice, you can use cold compresses, such as a bag of frozen peas, or take a cold shower
- Consult your plastic surgeon: it’s important to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and recommendations for using ice after surgery. They may have specific guidelines for the timing, frequency, and duration of ice application
Using ice can be a simple way to reduce swelling after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery. However, it’s important to use it carefully and in accordance with your plastic surgeon’s instructions.
Can I massage the breasts to reduce swelling after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery?
Gentle breast massage can be helpful in reducing swelling after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery. Here’s what you need to know about breast massage:
- Timing: your plastic surgeon will provide specific instructions on when you can start massaging your breasts after surgery. This will typically be several days to a week after surgery
- Technique: use light, circular motions to massage the breasts. Start at the outer edge and work inward, being careful not to apply too much pressure. Repeat the massage several times a day
- Precautions: do not massage the breasts too soon after surgery as this can cause additional swelling or increase the risk of bleeding. Avoid massaging any incisions or areas that are particularly sensitive
Can I go back to my normal activities after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery?
Going back to your normal activities after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery will depend on several factors, including the type of procedure you had, your individual healing process, and your plastic surgeon’s specific post-operative instructions. Here are some general guidelines:
- Physical activity: you should avoid any strenuous physical activity, such as heavy lifting or vigorous exercise, for several weeks after surgery to minimise swelling and promote proper healing. Your plastic surgeon will provide specific guidelines on when you can return to physical activity
- Work: most patients are able to return to work within a week or two after breast augmentation mammoplasty, but the exact timeline will depend on the type of work you do and how quickly you are healing
- Normal activities: you can generally return to normal activities, such as shopping, driving, and light household chores, within a few days after surgery, but you should avoid anything that requires heavy lifting or straining
- Sexual activity: your plastic surgeon will provide specific guidelines, but generally, you should avoid sexual activity for a few weeks after surgery to allow for proper healing.
- Showers: you may be able to take a shower a day or two after surgery, but you should avoid soaking in a bath or hot tub for several weeks
It’s important to follow your plastic surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully and to be patient with your healing process. Going back to normal activities too quickly can increase the risk of complications and slow down your recovery.
Further Reading about Breast Surgery with Dr Hunt
- Read Dr Hunt’s Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Page
- Read Dr Hunt’s Breast Reconstruction Page
- See Dr Hunt’s Real Patients Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Before and After Photos
- Read Breast Laxity – Causes, Symptoms and Surgery
Medical References about Reducing Bruising and Swelling After Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty
- Breast augmentation mammoplasty – Mayo Clinic
- Breast Hematoma – Cleveland Clinic
- Should I worry about a seroma? – Medical News Today
- Breast Mastopexy with and without Augmentation Mammoplasty: A Synopsis and Primer for the Plastic Surgeon – PMC
About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon and a member of FRACS & ASPS. He has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.
Careful, considerate and honest, Dr Jeremy Hunt works with you to find a solution that is suitable for your body and your lifestyle. Every patient is unique and requires a personalised approach to reach their goals.
Dr Hunt has provided his one-on-one service and attention to detail to thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia.
Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education
Dr Jeremy A. Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from well-established and experienced plastic surgeons.
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