Abdominal swelling after breast augmentation

18th Oct 2018

Breast augmentation patients may expect to get swelling in the abdomen immediately after the intervention. If the procedure involves the formation of the lower breast pocket, the swelling may not be limited to the breasts. It can spread to the abdomen due to the lower breast pocket and gravity.

After the surgery, gravity may cause the fluids and the swelling to gradually move across your tissue planes. It will take a few weeks for this condition to disappear. I always encourage my patients to wait for the condition to subside with patience.

The abdominal swelling after breast augmentation is absolutely normal. It does not cause much discomfort, and there are no risks associated with it. As such, patients normally don’t need any outside intervention to treat the abdominal swelling.

In my experience, I have observed that maximum abdominal swelling after breast augmentation happens 3-5 days following the procedure and it takes the condition 1-3 weeks to settle. In some patients, the condition disappears fairly quickly. However, you may expect to observe minor swelling in your abdomen even a month after the surgery.

In order to minimize the abdominal swelling, compression bras, dressings, and special garments are used after the operation. These garments not only contain the swelling and help your body heal quickly, but also go a long way toward enhancing the achieved aesthetic results.
Patients may experience anxiety and emotional discomfort due to the abdominal swelling after breast augmentation. The swelling is a temporary opportunity cost for the improvement in the appearance of your breasts. You will have to stay with it for a few days or weeks.

The complete aesthetic improvement in your breasts and body will be visible after the swelling has fully disappeared. It is important for the patient and the surgeon to discuss possible abdominal swelling in advance of the breast augmentation surgery. Doing so will prevent any shock or surprise to the patient, and there will be reassurance for the patient to achieve better outcomes with the intervention. Being aware of every facet of the procedure and the recovery period will make the surgery and the recovery a comfortable experience for the patient.

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