Posted on April 6, 2021

How Long Does Swelling Last after Breast Augmentation?

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Swelling is an inevitable part of recovery after any surgical procedure, including breast enhancement. But many women are surprised to learn how quickly swelling after breast augmentation subsides, gradually revealing their final outcome. 

This timeline of the early stages of breast augmentation recovery can give you an idea of when you can expect swelling and bruising to start dissipating, as well as when you might be able to get back to your normal activities.

1 to 5 Days after Breast Augmentation 

During the first few days after getting breast implants, you’ll want to take it easy at home. Your breasts may feel firm, tight and tender, and swelling and bruising will be at their peak. 

Don’t be alarmed if, at this stage of breast augmentation recovery, your breasts appear to be high on your chest wall and/or square in shape. Over the next few weeks, your implants should begin to soften and settle into place. 

1 Week after Breast Augmentation  

Around a week after breast augmentation, swelling and bruising should be mild, continuing to improve as you move into week two of recovery. Your breasts will likely still feel firm and tight at this point, though their shape may begin to round slightly. 

Many women are able to resume their regular work schedule around one week after getting breast implants.

2 to 3 Weeks after Breast Augmentation 

Most signs of swelling and bruising should be gone around 2 to 3 weeks after breast enhancement, though your implants will likely need more time to fully “drop and fluff.” 

You should be able to resume mild exercise around week three after your procedure, waiting until six weeks out to get back to more strenuous physical activity.

For more information about breast augmentation or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mariotti, contact us online today or call our office in Concord at 925-685-4533.

How Long Does Swelling Last after Breast Augmentation?
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How Long Does Swelling Last after Breast Augmentation?
Wondering when welling after your breast augmentation will go away? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Mariotti of Concord shares a recovery timeline.
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Dr. Eric Mariotti Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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