As is true of any surgery, breast augmentation has plenty of things to be mindful of during the recovery period. Swelling, soreness, and a general run-down feeling are all normal, and the severity of these symptoms will vary depending on the person, the surgical techniques, and the size and placement of breast implants. I want my Albany, NY patients to be well-informed about what to expect during the important days following their surgeries. Though it’ll likely take several days before you’re feeling like yourself again, how do you know when a symptom crosses the line from normal to worrisome? Here are a few hints.
Swelling is one of the most common side effects of breast augmentation, present to some degree in nearly every patient. This is a result of the body healing itself, so while it may be uncomfortable, it is necessary. Most swelling lasts for around 2 weeks. If you notice a very large amount of swelling, or if the swelling is causing you extreme pain, it’s a good idea to contact your surgeon.
Sounds are a less-common result of breast augmentation, but they do happen. During the surgery, breast tissue, muscle, and fat are manipulated and moved around. Antibiotic fluid, air, and other harmless substances are often present in the breast capsule, and the implants themselves can make noise while they settle into their final positions. As a result, patients have reported hearing sloshing, sucking, and gurgling noises throughout their recoveries, but these sounds diminish within a couple of weeks.
Bruising is another by-product of the healing process and is present after nearly every kind of surgery. Breast tissue and fat are teeming with blood vessels, which are disturbed during the surgical process. Bruises are the result of blood pooling under the skin, and while they can come in large sizes and interesting color combinations, they’re usually no cause for alarm. Some people bruise more than others, and bruising may last up to 6 weeks after surgery.