When is the Swelling from a BA Typically Gone?

It's been almost a month since my BA and I am wondering if am still swollen? I have not changed at all in a good week if not more. Pain is gone and it looks like my breasts are healed wonderfully. I have noticed no changes. Is swelling typically gone by this point in time?

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Swelling After Breast Enhancement

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Usually, most of the swelling resolves within a few weeks following a breast augmentation. It may take several more weeks 6-8 for everything to settle down to its natural position. By 3 months most patients do not have the feeling of an implant. In other words, their breasts feel like any other part of the body, where they are not conscious about it.

Schererville Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling post breast augmentation

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Following breast augmentation swelling will usually be gone after 6 weeks.  In some cases it may take longer and depends on the technique of the surgery and the degree of manipulation of the natural tissue - more surgery means more swelling.

Jeremy Hunt


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EACH patient again, is very different.  We like to think one month but it depends on the color of the incision usually...this is a good indicator that healing is still going on.  

Be patient and try not to over-do, as we all know rest and post op care is essential.  


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Swelling should subside within the first month, however, increased level of activity can cause swelling to manifest itself even after 1 month post-op-see your doctor if this is a continued concern of yours

Edward J. Bednar, MD
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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What we usually consider "swelling" is gone by 1 month post-op in most cases

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Most of the time what we normally think of as swelling, that is doughy fluid in the tissues, is resolved by 1 month after the surgery.  However, that does not mean your breasts won't continue to change subtly for the next couple of months or so.  The tissues will continue to soften as they accommodate to the implant, and they will relax a little, making the breasts more supple and mobile.  This is a good thing, and it has become known on the street as "drop and fluff."  Usually at a month the breasts are still a little tight and a little firm, and they will need another 2 to 3 months to reach their final state.  The scars may take up to 9 months or a year to fully mature as well.  These are general guidelines, and everybody is different.  Some heal faster and some heal slower, and healing is a continuous process.  There is no defined point of demarcation between different stages of healing; one just kind of leads into the next until one day, the process is complete.  Sounds like things are going as they should for you.  Good luck.


Joseph L. Grzeskiewicz, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

When is the Swelling from a BA Typically Gone

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I find that when I see patients a week after surgery there is usually little swelling. By a month, I would not expect to see any changes is swelling or breast size. 

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

When is the Swelling from a BA Typically Gone?

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The majority of the swelling is gone within a month or so. There is normally a small amount of residual swelling for up to six months. 

James E. Murphy, MD, FACS
Reno Plastic Surgeon
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The color of the incision is a good barometer for swelling in a breast augmentation.

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If you're wondering about persistent swelling after any operation look at the incision. If it still has color meaning red or pink and biologic activity is still ongoing which include swelling.

Swelling after breast augmentation

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It can take months for swelling to fully subside, although this can be so gradual that you won't notice when it's totally gone. Generally, you can expect for your breasts to settle and adopt a more natural contour in about 3-4 months, although there might still be a bit of swelling at that time. A month is probably too early for swelling to be totally gone.

Breast Augmentation

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It can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months for most of the swelling to resolve.


Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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