Reducing Swelling Post-Breast Augmentation: Water, Sleep, Activity

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on why swelling commonly takes place after breast augmentation surgery, plus what can be done to limit it. While this is an entirely normal side effect for breast augmentation surgery, it’s still valuable to many patients to be able to reduce any pain or swelling that’s taking place. 

At the offices of Steven Warnock MD, we happily offer not only the very best breast augmentation and other plastic surgery solutions in Utah, but also quality expertise on how to care for any minor side effects that show up after such procedures. Today’s part two of our series will go over a few additional tips often provided to breast augmentation patients on how to care for swelling and related symptoms following surgery.

Drinking Plenty of Water

Hydration is a very important area following any form of surgery, both to maintain skin elasticity and to alleviate any potential dehydration issues. While you won’t be able to drink too much water during the first 24 hours following your surgery, after this time it’s very important that you maintain a healthy level of hydration for optimal health and wellness.

An excellent way to achieve such results is by drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day. Just as with many other things you will want to do following your surgery, the more water you drink, the better.

Sleep Upright

For at least the first few days, and maybe as long as two weeks, you should sleep in a semi-upright position. For example, reclining in a seat with your chest against the headrest or propped up on several pillows is an excellent way to achieve this. Not only will such positioning help you sleep better and reduce any potential swelling problems, it can also aid in physical comfort following surgery as well.

This might take some getting used to, but sleeping upright will greatly reduce swelling in your pectoral region while you’re still recovering.

Limiting Strenuous Activity

For at least the first two weeks following breast augmentation surgery, and often longer, you’ll really want to limit strenuous activity. Strenuous activities are any movements that can potentially cause you pain or discomfort, though this is not to say that your recovery should be a leisurely stroll through the park.

For example, avoid using heavy weights during workouts for at least two weeks, because you don’t want to put too much stress on your pectoral muscles. If you are active, take it easy at least for the first two weeks to have the best results following surgery.

Also, avoid any activities that could potentially cause you to fall or potentially injure yourself during this time. You may need to adapt specific lifestyle habits until you’re fully recovered, so be prepared for a few changes.

For more on how to reduce swelling and related symptoms following breast augmentation surgery, or to learn about any of our breast surgery, body sculpting or other plastic surgery services, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Warnock MD today.