Published April 25, 2014

Reducing Swelling after Breast Enlargement Surgery

Breast enlargement surgery is a fantastic solution when it comes to enhancing a women’s breast size into a fuller and more desirable form. However there are a couple of things that patients ought to know about what to expect following the procedure and post-operative care.

Following a Sydney breast enlargement procedure or even a breast lift, patients will experience some bruising and swelling and this is perfectly normal. Cosmetic surgeons can employ a number of treatments to help manage the swelling – our very own Dr Tavakoli makes use of drains attached to a patient for a period of 24 hours to reduce bruising and swelling to better facilitate rapid recovery. Call Dr Tavakoli today on 1300 368 107 for any inquiries or to book a consultation.

What can you do further reduce swelling in Sydney breast enlargement procedures?

Indeed some degree of swelling is normal for any cosmetic surgical procedure and breast enlargement surgery is certainly no exception. However there are certainly a number of things that you can do to better manage the situation. For one thing, you would want to make sure that you follow your surgeon’s instructions for post operative care which typically includes:

– Avoiding any activity that involves raising the arm above the head level for a period of at least 10 days

– Bed rest for at least a week, patients can return to work after 7 days with the exception of physically demanding jobs which require a recovery period of 2 to 3 weeks.

– Keep dressings clean and dry until your next appointment after which the surgical incisions from the operation will be inspected and cleaned.

Now swelling is the human body’s natural reaction to trauma and irritation. Patients who’ve undergone breast surgery in Australia can expect to deal with swelling on their chest area which can move to the groin or abdomen before dissipating. Swelling usually subsides over a period of 2 to 3 weeks. Until then, patients can experience significant pain and discomfort but there is certainly something that we can do to ease such inconveniences.

When it comes to swelling due to breast surgery procedures conducted in Sydney, cold compression treatments often work best and provides immediate relief. Women experiencing significant pain due to their swollen chest can use ice packs or frozen gel packs. If both are unavailable, you can simply use frozen fruits and vegetables. Ice packs and gel packs works best due to the shape which can be comfortably applied unto the chest.

Another thing that patients can do to reduce swelling after breast enlargement surgery is to sleep on a comfy chair for the first couple of days. Resting in an inclined position helps to move the swelling from the chest area to the lower part of the body which will help relieve pain and discomfort. You would also do well to invest in a supportive surgical bra specifically designed to reduce swelling as it facilitates the movement of fluids within the chest area to reduce pain and better facilitate the healing.

Last but certainly not least, take in plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and well-rested. The important thing is to ultimately give the body ample time to heal if only to ensure the best possible results in breast enlargement surgery with the least chances of developing any complications.

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an internationally renowned Australian trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society (ISAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is considered a world leader in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the word on these topics.