What kind of swelling should you expect after surgery?
After surgery, expect a great deal of swelling! A significant amount of the initial swelling is gone after the first 2-3 weeks. Also, the amount of swelling can differ between breasts. A slight difference in swelling is fine. However, a significant difference is not normal and you need to notify your surgeon as soon as possible.
Swelling after breast augmentation is often quite extreme in the upper parts of the breasts, creating quite an impressive albeit fake breast look. Not surprisingly, many women like this.
Depending on your pre-existing anatomy, this often creates a very unusual look to your breasts. If your breasts were a little droopy prior to surgery, then this upper pole swelling and fullness can magnify this droopiness creating a “long” breast appearance, or snoopy appearance. Do not panic because once the swelling settles, so too will this odd look.
Also, if the bottom of your breasts was very tight or short prior to surgery (short distance from nipple to lower breast fold), then this tightness will exist immediately post-op and be even more noticeable given the upper pole swelling. You cannot expect a nice rounded underboob post-operatively in these situations. It takes time for things to settle down and slowly stretch out over time. However, sometimes due to your pre-existing anatomy, this tightness can persist.