After any surgical procedure, pain and swelling is a part of recovery. Breast augmentation is no different. When you get home from your implant procedure, it is common to experience pain and swelling as your implants settle and the tissue heals. But how long does breast augmentation swelling last and when could swelling be a sign of a potential problem?
Swelling Is Normal after Breast Augmentation
Swelling is a normal part of breast augmentation recovery. Surgical incisions and the placement of breast implants disrupt the body’s normal function, and the body works to heal itself. This healing process contributes to the swelling and pain you experience. In most cases, swelling peaks around three to four days after your procedure. In general, minimal swelling can last up to three months after your procedure. Certain factors can also contribute to additional swelling during your recovery. These can include:
- The placement of large implants
- Breast implants placed beneath the muscles of the chest
- Pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes
- You continued to smoke before and after your procedure
When Swelling Can Be Concerning
While pain and swelling are normal after a breast augmentation procedure, they can also be a sign of potential complications. It is important that you monitor your swelling and not any possible changes. If your swelling or pain becomes severe, is limited to one side or breast, the breast is warm to the touch or the swelling is accompanied by a fever, it is important to contact your surgeon immediately as it could be a sign of infection.
If you are experiencing swelling after your breast augmentation or are considering a breast augmentation, the team at Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center is here to help. Call (813) 803-6596 today to schedule a consultation.