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Patients Can Reduce the Side Effects of Breast Augmentation Surgery

Patients Can Reduce the Side Effects of Breast Augmentation Surgery

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Breast augmentation surgery has a few possible side effects, some of which can be prevented or minimized with careful attention from the patient. Knowing what to look for and how to deal with it can have a significant impact on the outcome of surgery.

Some of the side effects of breast augmentation are common to many types of cosmetic surgery, such as swelling, bruising, pain, itching, and the possibility of infection. Normal swelling and bruising pass with time. Your surgeon will give you an idea of how long it should take for these side effects to subside. If it seems to be taking too long, there may be other factors involved and you should consult your surgeon.

Topical Creams Can Reduce Itching after Surgery

Stretching of the skin over breast implants often causes itching. This can usually be controlled with topical creams. It is important to keep such creams from entering the surgical incisions, since they may cause irritation and delay healing.

Infection may occur if bacteria enter the incisions. It is important to keep the incisions clean while they heal.

Scars are part of any surgery that requires cutting into tissue. Depending on the procedure, your surgeon may be able to hide some scars. For those that cannot be hidden, your surgeon can recommend topical preparations formulated to reduce the appearance of scars.

Massage, Exercise Can Help with Capsular Contracture

After surgery, your body will try to isolate the new foreign tissue in your breasts by surrounding your implants with scar tissue. To prevent the scar tissue from becoming thick and creating an unnaturally firm look to your breasts, a process known as capsular contracture, your surgeon will recommend massage and exercise that will break up the scar tissue.

Sensible post-surgical self-care is important to the success of breast augmentation. If you pay attention to your body and follow your surgeon's advice, you can help guarantee the best possible outcome.

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