Breast Augmentation Recovery
Is Something Wrong?
Rest assured, you will often wonder if something is wrong during your recovery from breast augmentation surgery. Count on it! Chances are, you won't have any problems, but it is always best to know what to watch for so that if something is wrong, you can address it quickly.
Be sure to check out the Dos and Don'ts, Preparing for your Surgery, and Breast Augmentation Surgery Recovery pages for more information.
Warning Signs During Breast Augmentation Recovery
Fever of 101° or higher (sign of infection)
Excessive swelling - some swelling is normal and to be expected.
Hard, painful bruises (hematoma), or bruises that are excessively bad or that continue to get larger
Breasts that are hot to the touch (sign of infection)
Redness of the incision or breasts in general, but particularly at the site of incision (sign of infection)
Excessive draining from incision site - while a small amount of drainage is normal, excessive amounts are not (sign of infection)
Pus leaking from incision (definite sign of infection)
Pain that is severe and does not respond to pain medication. You may be thinking, "How will I know what's normal?" You will know what is normal, and what is not.
Is this Normal?
When you initially look at your breasts, and during the first few weeks, you will often wonder whether or not a lot of things are normal. Your breasts will not be bikini-ready right after surgery. They need time to heal. Remember, each breast is a separate surgery, so each will heal in its own time, at its own rate. Do not expect each breast implant to drop into the pocket at the exact same rate. It will not happen. In the first few weeks, and possibly the first couple of months, you may notice the following:
Asymmetry: Your breasts may not be even. One may be higher than the other. One may appear larger or smaller than the other. Overall, they may not match one another.
One breast is more tender than the other: Again, this is due to the fact that each breast is healing at its own rate. In addition, you may find that if you're right-handed, for example, your right side will be sorer than the left because you use your right side more often since it is your dominant side.
One breast is firmer than the other: Do not automatically jump to the conclusion that you have capsular contracture simply because one side is firmer than the other. In the early weeks after your breast augmentation surgery, you will find lots of little idiosyncrasies between your breasts.
One breast has dropped almost all the way: If one breast is lower than the other, don't assume that you are bottoming out. It is perfectly normal for one breast to settle quicker than the other.
My cleavage is too close together: This does not automatically equate to symmastia. If you start out with very small breasts, it's almost impossible to know how much cleavage you will have after your surgery. Cleavage is largely determined by your anatomy. Some women are blessed with "butt-crack" cleavage, while others are more space between their breasts. If your breasts are close together, but your nipples aren't pointing outwards, chances are, you're genetically blessed with great cleavage!