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When does swelling after breast augmentation begin to subside?

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Immediately after surgery, your breasts may be swollen, making them appear larger than you desired. Breast implants are also initially placed high on the chest so that they can settle into place naturally. If you have small children, for the first 4-5 days after surgery you may need help lifting your kids, doing more strenuous housework or any physical work on the job. Those with desk jobs may return to work during that first week, and can resume driving. Returning to activities that elevate your heart rate and blood pressure is possible at the 2 week point after surgery. Power walking, treadmill and other exercise that does not involve the upper body may be resumed. Taking a break from strenuous exercise for the first 2-3 weeks helps prevent additional swelling or the collection of fluid during your recovery. After the first month, push ups and weight lifting may be resumed. At this time you will notice your breasts starting to settle into their more final position as scar tissues relax and swelling subsides completely for most clients. Breasts will become softer, develop more natural movement, and most clients feel they are “part of them” as they stabilize. Keep in mind though that your body is never completely “stable” and always changing. You will continue to experience changes in the way your breasts look, especially if you experience subsequent pregnancies, weight gain, and/or menopause. By 3-6 months, most of our patients agree that their breasts were very close to the final result, with healing occurring for up to a year after your breast implant surgery.  Contact me today if you are interested in discussing your goals, wishes and desires for breast augmentation surgery. Due to my many years of experience, during your consultation I can answer any questions you have about breast augmentation recovery and what to expect.

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