Are My Post-Surgery Symptoms Normal?

Going into my first breast augmentation, I was pretty prepared with what to expect in terms of pain and recovery. However, one thing I was not equipped with was an awareness of the emotions I was going to experience and the totally weird symptoms my body would have! That’s why I have decided to detail a list of very normal sensations and emotions that many of us experience post-op. Hopefully you'll find them helpful on your road to recovery. :)

  • Pain/Numbness/Swelling/Bruising/Burning Sensations

All of these are common after breast augmentation surgery. Most women experience some or all of these symptoms, and they persist in the early post-operative period.

If you're still feeling pain after a couple of weeks be sure to let your plastic surgeon know.

  • Your Breasts Will Be Too High (At First)

As your plastic surgeon has hopefully warned you, your breasts will sit higher up on your chest than normal in the weeks immediately following breast surgery. This is because your skin and muscles need time to adapt to the implant and allow your body to heal properly.

Your plastic surgeon has placed your breast implants in a specific place for a reason, and they know where to put them in order for them to settle into the right place later.

Trust the process! Usually, breasts settle (aka drop and fluff) and begin to look more normal 3-6 months after breast surgery.

  • Knotty Incisions

If you are not aware of the possibility of knotty incisions—where the incision becomes lumpy due to a buildup of scar tissue—this can be quite alarming to notice.

Eventually the scar tissue will dissipate and go away on its own, so don’t worry too much if you feel as though the incision is initially larger than it should be. Be sure to check out my Scar Salve to help prevent dark, raised scarring!

  • Menstrual Changes

Undergoing any breast surgery can place quite a shock on your system. It is possible for your menstrual cycle to be altered immediately following surgery.

As long as you are certain you are not pregnant prior to breast augmentation surgery your cycle should return to normal within a few weeks.

  • “Boobie Blues”

It’s a real thing! It’s not exactly “depression” by clinical definition, however there are a variety of factors (including anesthesia, medications, lack of sleep, cabin fever, decreased activity level, etc.) that can alter your mood.

Just know that this feeling is NORMAL! Click here to learn more about Boobie Blues and ways to help overcome it.

It is important to remember that everyone’s body is different and will respond to a breast augmentation in a different way, depending on a variety of factors. If you have any major concerns about symptoms you are experiencing, don’t hesitate to contact your plastic surgeon.

And don’t forget to join Eden’s Bustmob—a private, women only, breast augmentation community. :)

Thoughts from Dr. Glenn Davis

There are several temporary 'trade-offs' or changes after breast augmentation, that Jenny Eden points out. These are all perfectly normal and will resolve early in the recovery period. It's certainly helpful to speak with other women who have been through those changes and Jenny Eden's community is a great way to connect with them.