How To Reduce Stomach Bloating After Breast Augmentation Surgery

Dr. Atul Kesarwani is the medical director of the Cosmedical Rejuvenation Clinic. As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kesarwani has 30+ years of experience in the field. Read more about Dr. Kesarwani >

 

A common post-surgical discomfort for women who have just undergone breast augmentation surgery with implants is stomach bloating. Some women are surprised to find that they look heavier than they did pre-surgery. (Some are also told by their scales that they had added a bit of weight.)

After surgery, swelling is common. This is a natural reaction to any trauma, including that which is caused by surgery. While swelling is in the area of the surgery (the chest), the force of gravity can cause the accumulated fluids to go downward, into the mid-section.

Another common cause of post-surgery bloating is decreased intestinal function due to prescribed pain medications. Dr Kesarwani may recommend taking stool softeners and laxatives to help stimulate the digestive tract and induce more frequent bowel movements.

One of the best methods to help ensure that your stomach bloating goes down as quickly as possible after breast augmentation surgery is to control and reduce stressors. Often women have worries about the results of the surgery, as well as the healing of the surgical site. All of this stress becomes psychosomatic and your body will start to show signs of it. One of those signs is bloating. You are already under a serious amount of physical stress from the surgery, so the absolute best thing you can do your for your stomach (and your entire body) is to relax!

There is little reason to worry, as breast augmentation is a common surgery with an extremely high satisfaction rate. What you can do to combat bloating is to relax, drink plenty of fresh water, go to the washroom regularly and cut back on foods that promote bloating (ie sodium). Do your best not to worry about the procedure or the temporary bloating you are experiencing, as this will only exacerbate things. Focus your mind on something else; ensure you are taking the necessary steps and precautions to bring about a full and successful recovery—and let your body heal.

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