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Swelling After Plastic Surgery and How to Manage It

By Sheryl Pilcher on January 06, 2017

A woman's torsoThe team at our San Antonio cosmetic plastic surgery center is committed to helping you look your absolute best. This means offering excellent care before and after body contouring and sculpting procedures so that you can achieve optimal results.

We get a lot of questions from patients about swelling after surgery and what can be done about it. Let's go over some of the basics right now so you understand what to expect.

Swelling Is a Natural Part of Recovery

After undergoing surgery, it's natural for people to experience varying degrees of swelling. Like bruising, swelling is one of your body's natural responses to injury or trauma. Thankfully the swelling is only temporary, and it can be managed through proper attention to pre-op and post-op instructions.

How Long Will Swelling Last?

In general, the most noticeable post-operative swelling lasts for about two to three weeks, with additional swelling fading by the end of one month.

Keep in mind that some minor swelling may persist for several weeks after the first month. This is particularly true with body contouring surgeries and breast enhancement surgeries. Thankfully this residual swelling will also fade over the course of a few months.

Focus on Resting

One of the best ways to reduce swelling is to get ample rest during the first few days after surgery. Resting after surgery helps manage pain, swelling, and bruising, and it helps resolve surgical side effects sooner rather than later. Do not push yourself too soon after surgery as this can have a negative overall impact on the results.

Promote Circulation by Walking a Little Bit

Even though rest is your first priority immediately after plastic surgery, a little bit of walking can greatly improve the recovery process. Walking promotes circulation, and it prevents blood clots from forming in the legs. These blood clots can potentially travel to the lungs and cause major and potentially life-threatening complications.

Be sure to walk just a few minutes a day three times a day the first week. You can increase the amount of times you walk steadily from week to week as you recover as recommended by your plastic surgeon.

Wear Your Compression Garment as Directed

In addition to rest and light walking, the use of a compression garment can help with healing and the management of swelling. A compression garment is a slightly elastic garment that is worn around the part of the body that has been operated upon. The compression garment fits snugly, and provides support during the healing process.

Many patients say that their compression garment is an important part of their recovery and healing process. It can reduce discomfort and offer peace of mind in addition to keeping the swelling down.

Attend Follow-up Visits with Your Surgeon

After you have undergone surgery, you will have a few follow-up visits with your plastic surgeon to ensure you are healing properly and free from any complications. Be sure to attend all of these visits as scheduled. If you should have any questions or concerns between these visits, be sure to contact the practice for any information that you may need.

Learn More About Plastic Surgery Recovery

For more information about post-surgical side effects and how we can help you recover and achieve total wellness, be sure to contact our advance cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team here will answer your questions and address your concerns to our fullest ability.

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