I had my breast augmentation on March 23rd, 2012 and its been 5 days Post-op today and I was wondering how long it takes the tightness on my chest to go away?
How Long After Getting Breast Implants Will Tightness Go Away?
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Time is the Best Medicine
About 6-12 weeks is the typical time it takes for implants to stretch and settle within the pocket created by the surgeon and your anatomy. It can take longer if they are larger implants and if there has been no previous stretch from pregnancies or weight changes.
Breast tightness will resolve over weeks to months
I always instruct my patients that in the early stages following breast augmentation, their breast implants can be expected to appear high, tight, and somewhat unnatural. This is NORMAL. Your tissues are now stretched out to accommodate additional volume (breast implants). Tissues also swell and retain fluid following surgery. Over the course of weeks to months, your tissues will become less swollen, and will soften and stretch to accommodate the volume of your implants. This allows the implants to settle into a more natural position, and look and move more naturally. You will see significant changes in the first 3-4 weeks, and your tissues will continue to soften visibly in the first 2-3 months. Make sure to follow all of your Plastic Surgeon's instructions regarding bra wear, implant massage, and activity restrictions.
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Tightness after breast augmentation
An in-person exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to assess your needs and provide true medical advice.
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About three to four months
Tightness after Breast Implants
Post Op Breast Tightness
In the early stages following breast augmentation, it is normal for implants to appear tight and high. I have patients start a massaging routine after two weeks to allow the implants to settle into a more natural position. You will see substantial changes in the first 3-4 weeks, and your breast will continue to soften in the first 2-3 months. Make sure to follow all of your plastic surgeon's instructions concerning any restrictions and massage.
Breast tightness after surgery.
Tightness Post Breast Augmentation
- Stiffness, tightness, swelling and bruising in the chest region: These are normal experiences as the skin, muscles and tissue heal. Pain medication and muscle relaxants will help you cope with any discomfort. Consistent sharp pain should be reported to your board-certified surgeon.
- Hypersensitivity of nipples or lack of sensitivity: This is normal and will gradually resolve over time.
- A mild to severe itchy feeling of the breasts is possible as healing progresses. An antihistamine like Benadryl can help to alleviate severe, constant itchiness. If the skin becomes red and hot to the touch, contact your board-certified surgeon immediately.
- Asymmetry, the breasts look different, or heal differently: Breasts may look or feel quite different from one another in the days following surgery. This is normal. No two breasts in nature or following surgery are perfectly symmetrical.
- Discuss returning to work with your board-certified surgeon, in our office it is typically 3-5 days post-surgery but you may not overexert yourself or do any heavy lifting.
- You may resume exercise and your normal routine at six weeks unless your surgeon advises otherwise.
Give it time to stretch
As others have said, it will take time. Most everyone will experience tightness in the beginning. The less breast tissue that you have to start, the tighter it will be and longer it takes to settle and stretch. A larger implant placed will also require a longer time for things to settle. If they are below the muscle, this anatomy needs to give as well. Regardless of all these factors, be reassured, it will always get better with time.
Chest wall tightness with implants
I assume you mean skin tightness. If this is the case, then you will have to expect tit may take several weeks to months for the tissues to become soft from the procedure.
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