Of course you are fully aware that breast augmentation, as with any cosmetic surgery, involves weeks of recovery. However, you may be surprise that “weird” things—but still considered normal by plastic surgeons—may happen during your healing time.
If you are considering breast implant surgery, these are some of the things you might want to know about:
* Squeaks and gushes in your breasts
In case that you hear these weird noises coming from your augmented breasts, don’t be alarmed since these are usually caused by air bubbles and/or fluid build-up within the implant pocket.
The buzzing, gurgling, and crackling noises that typically last a few weeks may also be caused by implants as they settle to their natural position.
* Exaggerated fullness in the upper poles
If the upper poles of your breasts appear unusually round (which gives you the operated, fake look), don’t worry because weeks or months following your breast augmentation, the implants will settle to their natural position.
Some plastic surgeons recommend breast massage and compression exercise after the incision site is completely healed. The theory is that massaging the breasts would allow the implants to settle naturally, and prevent the scar tissue around the devices to become too tight and dense.
In addition, it is not uncommon for the augmented breasts to be quite firm and sit high up on your chest. In general, they will soften up and drop to a more natural position.
Your plastic surgeon may recommend strap or elastic bandage wrapped around the upper chest, under the arms, before reaching the top half of the breasts; in this way, the implants will go down.
* One breast sits higher on your chest
The breast implant on your dominant side (right- vs left-handed) may not drop as fast as the other one, leading to asymmetrical appearance. If this happens, don’t worry since both implants will settle properly weeks or months after your breast augmentation surgery.
* Oversensitive nipples
More often than not, oversensitive nipple (right after breast augmentation) is associated with some “erection” which further aggravates the sensitivity. For this reason, don’t be surprised if your plastic surgeon recommends using Band-Aid (especially if you have large ones) or nursing pads that will protect the area from the abrasiveness of your clothing.
* Numbness in the nipples
While some patients experience oversensitive nipples, others complain about numbness in the area, which is also something normal during the first few weeks or months following the surgery.
For most women, the sensation returns although the process often involves some itchiness, heat, tingling, and sometimes pains, which are all temporary.