How to Reduce Bruising and Swelling after Breast Augmentation

Tips for Minimising Bruising and Swelling after Breast Augmentation Surgery

While breast augmentation can change the size and shape of the breasts, it needs a good recovery phase. Some of the most common side effects of the procedure are bruising and swelling. Breast augmentation surgery involves tissue manipulation which triggers your body’s natural response to any kind of trauma and you will end up with swelling.

Most bruising occurs as a result of incisions and other changes made to the breast tissue. The adjustments damage your nearby blood vessels which can cause blood to accumulate under the skin, leading to bluish-purple discolouration on the surface of the skin.

How Long Does Swelling After Breast Augmentation Last?

Each individual is different and hence the healing time varies from person to person. Moreover, the extent of bruising and swelling after breast augmentation is highly dependent on the complexity of the procedure, and how well you follow pre- and post-surgical instructions. On average, both swelling and bruising will be at their peak during the first three days. After one week, swelling will start to decrease day by day. Most of the swelling is gone by the end of weeks 4 to 6. Residual swelling can last for longer but is barely visible.

How to Reduce Bruising and Swelling After Breast Augmentation

Here are a few tips that will help minimise the bruising and swelling after breast augmentation:

Wear Your Compression Garments

Once you wake up after the surgery, you will notice that your breasts are wrapped up in bandages and a compression bra. The compression bras offer the right support and help to minimise swelling and help kick start the healing process. You have to wear a compression bra for the first 4 to 6 weeks all the time. Not only does it help with swelling, but it increases comfort and support, which is essential during the recovery period after a breast augmentation surgery.

Cold Compress

It is highly recommended to use a cold compress for the first three days after the surgery. You can use ice packs covered in towels or packs of frozen peas, or buy medicated cold compresses for use. Apply the cold compress to the surgical site for 15 minutes and take a break for 20 minutes. Doing this several times a day will not only help minimise swelling but also decrease bruising by constricting your blood vessels. Be careful while using a cold compress and do not ice burn yourself.

Get plenty of Rest and Relaxation

Your body heals when you sleep. Having a good night’s sleep is an integral part of the recovery process. Good sleep doesn’t only depend on the hours of sleep but also your sleeping position. For the first six weeks, it is recommended to sleep on your back and keep your body elevated at a 45-degree angle.

This position has minimal impact on the incisions. It will not only help minimise swelling and bruising after breast augmentation but can also alleviate pain and soreness after the surgery.

Eat a Healthy Diet before and after surgery

A healthy diet is very important for your body’s healing process after breast surgery. Make sure to minimise your salt intake otherwise, it will worsen your bruising and swelling. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables and foods that have high water content. Have a diet that is rich in vitamin K as it causes your blood to become thicker and prevents bruising. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables that are rich in vitamin K.

Drink Fluids – Hydrate!

Drink lots of water and stay hydrated post-surgery. It helps reduce the swelling and helps you get rid of the toxins. The more water you drink, the less your body will hold on to the water inside tissues. Hydration also promotes blood circulation and helps nutrients and blood to reach the injured breast tissues. This fact alone leads to a faster recovery. Drink a minimum of 2 litres of water per day.

Take your Tablets on time

After breast augmentation, Dr Turner will prescribe you a list of medications and supplements. Make sure to take them as prescribed.

Avoid These Mistakes to Reduce Bruising and Swelling After Breast Augmentation

While doing all the right things is important, avoiding certain things will also help prevent bruising and swelling:

  • Stay clear of blood-thinning medications under all circumstances as they can worsen the bruising. Do not take off your compression bra.
  • Do not engage in strenuous exercises and heavy lifting for at least six to eight weeks after the surgery as it can disrupt the healing process.
  • Do not sleep on your side or stomach under any circumstances as it can worsen the pressure on your incision sites and cause complications.
  • Avoid taking over-the-counter drugs without consulting with Dr Turner first.
  • Do not miss your follow-up visits. Follow-up visits give your surgeon a chance to assess your recovery progress.

FAQs about Swelling after Breast Augmentation and Recovery

Here is a list of frequently asked questions we get regarding breast augmentation recovery:

How long does swelling last after breast augmentation surgery?

Most of the swelling will start to subside three weeks after the surgery. The remaining swelling might persist for three months.

How do you reduce swelling after breast augmentation surgery?

Here are a few steps that will help minimise swelling after breast augmentation surgery:

  • Stay clear of blood-thinning medications.
  • Do not exercise or do heavy lifting as it can worsen the swelling.
  • Use a cold compress to help with swelling for the first three days post-surgery.
  • Always wear a compression bra as it helps get rid of excess fluid.
  • Avoid diet that is rich in sodium.
  • Take all the medications prescribed.
  • Use red light therapy to help reduce swelling and bruising.
  • Drink lots of water to get rid of fluid retention.

How can I heal faster after breast augmentation surgery?

Make sure to stick to all the pre- and post-treatment instructions given by Dr Turner if you want to heal faster. Rest as much as possible, drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet, wear a compression bra, use red light therapy, do not miss the follow-up visits, take the medications prescribed by Dr Turner, and sleep on your back in an elevated position.

Can you ice too much after breast augmentation surgery?

No, icing too much can lead to cold burns and decreased blood circulation. Make sure to wrap the ice in a towel. Use it for 15 minutes at a time and take a break for 20 minutes. Be careful and do not ice burn yourself.

When should I use scar treatments after breast augmentation surgery?

You can use scar creams once your incisions have healed fully (around 6 to 8 weeks). Discuss this issue with Dr Turner before applying anything to your incisions.

Is bruising and swelling normal after surgery?

Yes, bruising and swelling are a normal part of recovery after any kind of surgery. However, there are things you can do to minimise these side effects.

When does bruising stop after surgery?

If you follow Dr Turner’s recommendations, most of the bruising will subside by the third week post-op.

What do you put on your breasts after surgery?

Dr Turner will ask you to wear a compression garment for at least 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery. Avoid putting any creams on your incision sites before they have healed.

Does ibuprofen help with breast swelling?

It is not recommended to take any over-the-counter medications including ibuprofen without consulting with Dr Turner first

When can I sleep on my side after breast augmentation?

Wait for at least three to four weeks till your incisions heal fully after breast augmentation.

What can I put on my scars after breast augmentation surgery?

Vitamin E Oil, Bio Oil, Strataderm, or Silicone Sheeting are great options to use on scars after breast augmentation surgery once incisions have healed. Massaging can also help.

How many days should you put ice on the breasts after the surgery?

It is recommended to use cold compressions on your breasts for at least three days after the breast augmentation surgery.

Should I massage my breasts after breast augmentation?

Massaging your breasts after breast augmentation will allow your implants to settle in and prevent capsular contracture. However, only do it once your breasts have fully healed and your surgeon approves.

How do you prevent scarring after breast augmentation surgery?

Here are a few tips to help minimise scarring after breast augmentation: follow all the post-operative instructions, wear a supportive bra, wear sunscreen while stepping out in the sun, use silicone sheets or gels on your scars, and try some scar treatments once your breasts have healed fully.

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