How Long Do You Normally Have the "Bloating" Feeling After Breast Augmentation?

I am 9 days post op and I still feel very bloated. My belly looks bigger to me.. Just wanted to know how long does this bloating feeling last.

Doctor Answers 4

"Bloating" Feeling After Breast Augmentation

I am not sure there is a "normal" since most don't get this problem. It is almost always related to narcotic pain medicines, which interfere with the normal motility of the intestinal tract, and usually improves within a few days of stopping those medications.

Thanks for the question, best wishes.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Bloating after BA?

Not unusual to get constipated after any type of surgery, including a BA. The anesthesia can sometimes slow down your intestinal tract and cause that feeling. I recommend drinking plenty of fluids and a stool softener as needed and that feeling should resolve.

Jonathan Weiler, MD
Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon
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Bloating after surgery

If you are still on narcotics, then the other answers are all correct.  However, if you have been off for a while, it may be something else.  Were you placed on antibiotics?  Does your belly seem to rise like a loaf of bread at times?  If so, you most likely have a minor yeast overgrowth in your intestinal tract.  Ask your doctor if he/she would consider a three day treatment of Diflucan.  This will solve your problem. 

David Marcus, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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Bloating is not an effect of breast augmentation

There is no reason that breast augmentation would cause bloating.  It is possible that the pain medication has slowed the function of your intestines, causing bloating or constipation.

Bruce E. Genter, MD, FACS
Abington Plastic Surgeon
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