When I Wake Up in the Morning, my Breasts Feel So Tight and Swollen. Is This Normal? (photo)

I am 5 days Post-Op (400cc Mentor Silicone Gel, High Profile, under the muscle). When I wake up in the mornings, my breasts feel like they are two times bigger. The swelling and tightness is extremely painful. Throughout the day, it seems to get better. Is this normal and is there anything I can do to help with the swelling?

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Swelling After Breast Augmentation

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Swelling is common after breast augmentation. Please wear your post surgical bra at all times (day and night, including while you’re sleeping). This can help with swelling.

Morniung swelling post aug

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Since you are only a few days out I am sure this will reolve in time.Also if you are having your period this can cause breast swelling as well.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

When I Wake Up in the Morning, my Breasts Feel So Tight and Swollen. Is This Normal?

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Whether it is in the morning or by the end of the day (you happen to be in the morning) it is very common for women to discuss fullness and tightness especially only a few days out from augmentation.  Your photos suggest that you will do very well.  I would expect the fullness, and tightness that you describe to settle down over the next week or two.  Continue to follow the instructions of your surgeon and I wish you all the best.

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It is normal to feel tight after breast augmentation. This relaxation that occurs as the day goes on is also normal. We instruct our patients to wear their postoperative bra night and day for the first two weeks which helps to mitigate these symptoms.

David Bogue, MD
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Swelling after Breast Augmentation

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What you are describing is normal after breast augmentation.  Your photos look normal as well, showing a fantastic early result.  Over the next few days and weeks the feeling should gradually and continuously get better.  You must follow closely with your plastic surgeon, who can examine you directly and make the true determination of your progress. 

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Daytona Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Tightness of breasts after breast augmentation

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Your symptoms sound quite normal after surgery. Many times the muscle goes into spasm and the chest swells, as the day goes on thing often soften up like you mentioned.

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New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breasts Tight and Swollen after Breast Augmentation Normal?

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Thank you for the question and pictures.

Yes, what you are experiencing is quite common after breast augmentation surgery. You will find that these sensations will gradually result over the course of the next few weeks. Of course, your plastic surgeon is in the best position to advise you after direct examination;  make sure you keep your follow-up appointments ( sooner if  you have specific questions/concerns).

Best wishes with the remainder of your recovery.

Breast Augmentation pain after surgery

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Thank you for sharing your story. You should contact your treating physician as soon as you can. 

Mark Sofonio, MD
Palm Springs Plastic Surgeon

When I wake up in the morning my breasts feel so tight and swollen. Is this normal?

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Thank you for your question.  Swelling and tightness is normal and expected following a breast augmentation procedure, especially if the implants are placed beneath the muscle.  As the muscle and skin stretch to accommodate the volume of your implant, you should find some relief from this discomfort.  Wearing a light weight and supportive compression bra is also something that I advise to all of my breast augmentation patients to wear to help lessen these symptoms.  With that said, your operating plastic surgeon is most qualified to answer these questions as they are most familiar with your case.  Please follow up with your operating surgeon and be patient, it takes several weeks to months for your breasts to start looking and feeling great!  I hope this helps and I wish you a speedy recovery!

Swelling After Augmentation

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Thank you for your question.

After your #breast #augmentation surgery, #swelling is normal.  It takes 2-3 months for implants to settle and muscles to relax into their final shape. Walking around the house and other light activity periodically throughout the day will help minimize swelling and bruising and help with the #healing process.

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