Bruising After Breast Augmentation

Bruising is a common occurrence after breast augmentation surgery, and it is typically a temporary and expected side effect. The extent and duration of bruising can vary from person to person and may depend on factors such as surgical technique, individual healing tendencies, and the type of breast implants used. Here’s what you can expect regarding bruising after breast augmentation:

  1. Immediate Post-Operative Bruising: After surgery, it’s common to experience some degree of bruising around the breast area. This can range from mild to moderate and is often more noticeable during the first few days following the procedure.
  2. Duration: Bruising typically peaks within the first few days after surgery and then gradually begins to improve. Most patients will see a significant reduction in bruising within two weeks. However, it may take several weeks or even a few months for all residual discoloration to completely fade.
  3. Management: Your surgeon will provide post-operative care instructions, which may include recommendations for managing bruising. Common strategies to help reduce and manage bruising include:
    • Applying ice packs as directed to the surgical area to minimize swelling and bruising.
    • Taking prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications as recommended by your surgeon to manage discomfort.
    • Avoiding activities that could increase the risk of injury or bruising.
    • Wearing a supportive post-operative bra or compression garment to help reduce swelling and provide support.
  4. Follow-up Appointments: It’s essential to attend all follow-up appointments with your surgeon as scheduled. They will monitor your healing progress, provide guidance on wound care, and assess any issues related to bruising or swelling.
  5. Arnica and Bromelain: Some patients find that over-the-counter supplements like Arnica or Bromelain can help reduce bruising and swelling. However, always consult with your surgeon before using any supplements or medications.
  6. Patience: Be patient during the healing process. Bruising is a natural part of the post-operative recovery, and it will gradually resolve over time.

If you have concerns about excessive bruising, if bruising appears to worsen or not improve, or if you experience any unusual symptoms such as severe pain, fever, or changes in breast appearance, contact your surgeon immediately. It’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s guidance and maintain open communication throughout the healing process to ensure the best possible outcome after breast augmentation surgery.

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Dr Richard Young

Dr. Richard Young is a board certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon

As one of the nation’s leading innovators in aesthetic surgery of the face, hand, breast and body, and a pioneer of reconstructive surgery and stem cell procedures, Dr. Richard Young is certified by the Board of Plastic Surgery and the Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

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