How long does it take for bloating to go away after breast augmentation?

I am very fit and athletic. I went into surgery weighing 119 lbs with very defined abs. I am 6 weeks post op from breast augmentation and my lower abdomen still looks bloated and feels swollen. Is this normal 6 weeks out and what is the normal range for abdominal swelling? I started going to the gym last week, week 5 but am only doing low impact cardio (elliptical) and lower body exercises such as squats.I love my augmentation results but the bloated feeling / look is driving me crazy.

Doctor Answers 4

Post Op Concerns

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Often bloating related to surgery/post op medication will resolve within the first two weeks. I recommend that you see your family doctor to discuss your concerns and look into other causes.
All the best

Swelling after surgery

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You are probably turning the corner so to speak as the swelling often diminishes during this time period but could last 4-6 months or longer.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast surgery post op

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Most post op bloating is due to the side effect of narcotic pain medication. This usually resolves shortly after pain meds stopped and I assume you stopped pain meds within a week or so of the surgery. You need to check in with your family doctor if this continues. Good luck.

Breast augmentation - bloating after surgery

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Thank you for asking about your breast augmentation.
  • It is unusual to be so bloating so long after surgery.
  • If it hasn't begun to improve after another week, first have your surgeon check you -
  • Than seen your regular doctor - occassionally surgery will uncover a new problem - 
  • For instance, low thyroid or a menstrual problem can cause bloating and are common in your women.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

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