How Long Does Abdominal Swelling Last After Breast Augmentation?

Before surgery I worked hard to get defined abs so my new breast would look good, but I am 7 days post op and my mid section is puffy looking! I have been having regular bowel movements, so I know that is not the case... Any ideas low long this lasts?

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Answer to question regarding abdominal swelling after breast augmentation

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The fluid and swelling in the abdomen after breast augmentation is not unusual.  With gravity it will slowly move down through your "tissue planes" and subside over the next week or two.  Be patient and look forward to the coming improvement.  The swelling in your breasts will take longer to subside.  Enjoy the new change.

Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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Abdominal Swelling Following Breast Augmentation

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Patients undergoing breast augmentation can anticipate significant swelling in the immediate post-operative period. This swelling not only affects the breast, but may also affect the surrounding areas as well. In some cases, swelling may dramatically impact the upper abdomen. This occurs for a variety of reasons, including the creation of the lower breast pocket and gravity.

         This swelling resolves quickly with the vast majority being gone in about three weeks. Almost all of the visible swelling is gone in four to six weeks, but small amounts of residual swelling may be present for up to three to four months following surgery.

         Compression bras and dressings are frequently used following breast augmentation to minimize swelling. Swelling can add to a patient’s post-operative discomfort. It can also increase anxiety regarding breast size immediately after surgery.

         For these reasons, we feel it’s important for the patient and the surgeon to have good communication regarding this topic immediately following surgery. In this situation, a little reassurance can go a long way towards making this a more comfortable experience. 

Abdominal swelling after a BA

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The swelling in your breasts can move down into the abdominal area with gravity although usually it is not much.  It will go away over the next few weeks.  Every day should be better.  Sometimes you can feel crackling in your tissues just below your breasts which is just air.  That will go away too.  Just be patient; it's only been a week.  Give it another two and you will see a big difference.

Lori H. Saltz, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Healing after Breast Augmentation

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swelling under the abdominal skin can occur with gravity and fluid shifts from the breasts and usually resolve in 2-4 weeks..  you may tray a girdle or abdominal binder.

simethicone for gas will also help flatten your tummmy

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Upper abdominal swelling

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Swelling may occur in the upper abdomen after any breast surgery.  You can wear a panty girdle to help minimize the swelling. It will slowly subside.

Connie Hiers, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Swelling after breast augmentation.

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Swelling in the upper abdomen following breast augmentation is a temporary issue. The swelling should dissipate in a matter of 3 or 4 weeks.

David Bogue, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Swelling after breast augmentation

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Areas around the augmentation may become swollen after breast augmentation. The majority of the swelling should come down within 4-6 weeks.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Swelling common after surgery

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This can be swelling from your breasts. It is not uncommon and will gradually go away after a few weeks. It's best to not do any exercises for a couple of weeks. You don't want to push up your blood pressure because it can compromise your recovery.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Post Operative Abdominal Swelling

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Post operative abdominal swelling after breast augmentation is common and needs to be addressed with patients before surgery so their expectations are accurate. This swelling results from the swelling in the breasts working its way downward by gravity into the abdominal region. Bruising on occasion may do the same, ice packs and arnica are helpful and aid in shortening the duration of this temporary phenomenon.

Puffy abdomen after breast augmentation

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Not to worry, this is absolutely normal. Give it another week or two and the swelling will subside. Gravity will eventually take it to your hips and maybe your thighs. Your body will absorb all of it in time.

Best wishes,

Dr. H


Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 229 reviews

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