Can I Be Immersed in Water 2 Weeks After Breast Augmentation?
- Asked by sh0rty1316 in Florida
- 3 years ago
Can i go into a natural Spring 2 weeks after Breast Augmentation surgery without getting an infection? It wouldn't be salt water, it would be natural fresh water, and what if i was to be tipped over in my tube and go in completely. Should i be worried?
Immersion of incisions in water
As you can see there are many different opinions on when you can swim and get an incision wet. In my opinion the incision needs to be completely closed with no opened areas. As you mentioned the concern would be infection. I recommend thoroughly washing the incision after going swimming. The risk of developing an infection in this instance is low. Now go have a good time.
Swimming after breast augmentation
I would disagree with the previous answers. Care of incisions isn't just for breast augmentation, it's true for other incisions as well. In breast augmentation, infections via the incision are potentially more serious because the implant might have to be removed if infection is established around the implant.
Incisions can be protected in various ways and generally a bit of water splashing around such as a shower doesn't stress the incision. The problem is soaking which weakens the seal of the incision and potentially allows bacteria in whether from the water or the body. Taking a submerged bath, hot tubbing, and swimming all result in soaking and should be avoided for two weeks after surgery.
It takes two weeks of uneventful healing for an incision to build up about 80% of its strength so I use two weeks of protection before allowing soaking. Even after this you don't want to do anything that would irritate the incisional scar as this will potentially effect the scar result adversely. Drying, cracking, friction, and ultraviolet exposure are the most common irritants to avoid.
Water immersion after breast augmentation: bath, pool, lake, or ocean
Every practitioner will vary in their recommendation regarding swimming or immersion in a pool/lake/ocean. This will depend on the status of the wound. Furthermore, it will depend on the type of activity; resting on a tube is permissible but tubing would not.
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I let my patients shower the night after surgery
i would let them swim in a pool after 5 days and to be honest, it is probably safe after about 3 days.
As long as the breast augmentation wound is sealed you can bath or swim anytime
As long as the breast augmentation wound is sealed, it can be exposed to water anytime.
All Plastic surgeon close their breast augmentation wounds with several layers of stitches. This makes it very hard for water to penetrate the superficial layer of skin even early on. Normally, as the blood clot sealing the wound stabilizes, the wound seals by 36-48 hours making water penetration impossible.
I prefer to ADDITIONALLY apply a layer of Dermabond surgical adhesive on top of the stitched (invisible buried stitches) wound which forms a great seal. It allows me to forgo the use of any bandages and my patients can then shower and bath right after surgery if they wish.
At two weeks, your wounds should be sealed and you could enjoy swimming.
Bathing after a Breast Augmentation
After a breast augmentation, I typically allow my patients to shower and swim after 1 week. Can you still get an infection? Yes, but your chances are pretty low. Either way, make sure you get your incisions checked out right before you go swimming to make sure your incisions are well healed.
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