I am almost 6 weeks post op...I knw swelling gradually decreases over a period of months, But somedays I feel like they look more swollen then other days..is this possible? (and I dont mean during menstration)...also my left breast is more swollen then the right. Not by alot but enough for me to notice. I knw this is normal but when can i expect them to even out?
Does Swelling After a Breast Reduction Fluctuate..somedays They Look Larger then Others? (photo)
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Fluctuating Swelling after Breast Reduction Surgery?
Congratulations on having undergone the breast reduction procedure; it seems like you have achieved a very nice result.
Yes, fluctuation of “swelling” and changing of the breast appearance is quite normal. Although your breasts may never be absolutely symmetrical, you can expect them to reach a “steady state” approximately 6 months to one year after the surgery has been performed.
Congratulations again on what appears to be a very nice result.
Swelling may take several months to resolve
From your photos, it appears that you have a nice result from your breast reduction. Resolution of post-operative swelling is unpredictable,and may take several months. Be patient and wait before entertaining any further intervention.
Swelling After Breast Reduction
Yes, swelling can still be present and fluctuate on a daily basis six weeks after a breast reduction. Even at six weeks, many patients experience days when they are more swollen than others. However, you will find that the overall trend will show a decrease in the swelling. Based on the photos you submitted, it looks like you have a nice result and are healing well. Good luck!
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The swelling in your breasts will improve with time. It will fluctuate with activity over the next several months.
Swelling after breast reduction can take 3-6 months to resolve
You should certainly raise these questions with your surgeon, but 6 weeks is not a long time. It takes probably 3 – 6 months for the swelling to fully resolve after a breast reduction, so don’t feel that you have your final result right now. Swelling fluctuates depending on many factors: salt intake, menstrual cycle, time spent lying down versus upright, and maybe even the type of bra you wear. Take comfort and check in with your surgeon. Best regards.