“Why do I feel so bloated?” is one of the most common questions from patients after breast augmentation surgery. That being said, a lot of patients aren’t aware that it is quite frequent and normal.
Patients are relieved to hear that stomach pain, distention, bloating, and swelling are all frequent side effects after surgery and that these symptoms are very transitory. Bloating and edema after surgery normally peak 2-3 days post-op and diminishes after around 3 months.
We’ve put together a quick guideline for you to learn more about post-surgery bloating and the things you can do to relieve those symptoms.
How long does swelling last?
Since swelling is normal after a breast augmentation surgery it’s important to monitor how long it’s been going on before getting seriously worried about it.
By three weeks following surgery, most patients will notice that any edema has subsided. It’s usual, though, to have some swelling for up to three months. After the three months have gone by, there are additional factors that could be the reason for your bloating.
Factors that influence bloating
After any cosmetic surgery, bloating and edema may develop for a variety of reasons:
1. You Haven’t Been As Active As Normal
Your activity level will be greatly lowered throughout your rehabilitation. Fluid retention might result from a reduction in movement, which can exacerbate your swelling and bloating sensations. You may notice a slight weight increase if you are unable to participate in the physical activities that you normally would. This is very normal. Once you’ve been given the green light to resume modest movement and exercise, you’ll notice that your weight will return to normal provided you maintain a healthy diet.
2. The Lymphatic System In Your Body Has Been Impacted
The lymphatic system has been interrupted after surgery, which is one of the primary causes for edema in the body. Swelling is a crucial part of the rehabilitation process and is necessary for healing. The enlarged regions have a higher concentration of white blood cells and proteins, which are necessary for the area to recover.
3. Intravenous Fluid Are Still In The System
Intravenous fluids will be given to you throughout your surgery to replace your body’s fluids and balance your salt levels. As your body strives to adjust its fluid levels after surgery, this IV fluid is often the cause of bloating. Too much salt intake through supplements or one’s diet likewise contributes to swelling, which is why patients are advised to avoid salt and salty foods prior to surgery.
4. The Gastrointestinal Tract’s Functions Have Slowed
After surgery, are you having trouble going to the bathroom on a regular basis? Antibiotics, anesthetics, pain relievers, and other drugs may all cause the intestines to “slow down.” As a result, patients often develop post-operative constipation, which may contribute to further bloating and pain.
How to Relieve Bloating And Swelling
Bloating and edema that occurs after surgery usually goes away with time. Although most bloating and swelling symptoms will subside within three months, some patients may have edema that comes and goes for up to a year after surgery. Bloating, swelling, and stomach pain may be relieved in a variety of ways such as:
- Wearing your compression garments. It is critical that you continue to wear your surgical clothing. Yes, it may be unpleasant, particularly in the summer, but the compression helps tremendously.
- Keep yourself hydrated. To regain regular bowel function, you must drink enough water. Make sure you get at least eight glasses of water every day.
- Your diet. To help with bowel motions, make sure your post-surgical diet is high in fiber.
- Lightly move your body. Throughout the day, take a few minutes to walk about to help your digestion. It is critical, however, to refrain from exercising until your doctor has given his or her consent.
- Replace harsher pain relievers with ones that are friendlier on the stomach, such as paracetamol, as soon as feasible. Unfortunately, additional prescription medicine will not help with post-surgical bloating and edema.
Is There Any Edema That Needs to be Addressed?
Swelling might suggest a problem that your surgeon has to explore in a tiny proportion of patients. This might be an accumulation of fluid under the skin that isn’t being evacuated by surgical drains. If you notice any additional symptoms, such as increased redness, discomfort, or heat surrounding the swollen region, you should call your surgeon.
We hope that the quick and easy tips in this blog will help you relieve your bloating symptoms. While bloating is quite normal after any cosmetic surgery, it’s important to listen to your body. If you believe something is wrong let your surgeon know and get the help you need!