Are Air Bubbles Normal after Breast Augmentation?

Air bubbles after breast augmentation

Air Bubbles after Breast Augmentation

After your breast augmentation procedure, you might feel a little bit of abnormality on the inside; Air Bubbles. This is a frequent concern from many women. Due to the nature of the procedure, some air might get trapped in your breast which as a result may create a burping noise combined with the residual liquid antibiotics.

The air bubbles in your breasts will slowly reduce as time goes on. Within a week, the body should absorb all of the liquid and the noise should start to decrease.

Is Air in Tissues after Breast Augmentation Normal?

As mentioned, some noises from your breast are expected during the early stages of recovery. In the majority of cases, there is no need for concern. It is part of the recovery process. As the breasts begin to heal, the residual air starts to decrease.

Gurgling Noise after Breast Augmentation

Many patients get worried post-operation as they start to hear these ‘Gurgling Noises’ from their breasts. It’s absolutely nothing to worry about and it’s just the air trapped inside your breasts. Your body will absorb this within a few weeks and you should be back to normal.

You will feel that you can pop your breasts back and it will create a sloshing/squeaking noise. It’s just the sensation of air in your breasts.

When do Air Bubbles stop forming in my Breasts?

The soft and odd feeling in your breasts is called ‘fluffing’, the feeling should significantly reduce by your first appointment (After the first week). From there on out it can take a minimum of six weeks for your body to take care of air bubbles.

The Air Bubbles in my Breast Implants won’t go away

Most women find themselves healed after the second month of their plastic surgery prices. The constant ‘Air Bubble’ problem could occur only in saline implants where the air pocket is in the saline implant itself. In this rare case, the air bubbles could persist for years, and a second re-examination by your surgeon will be necessary.

Risks and Complications of Breast Implants

Doctors recommend that you avoid any sort of air travel for the first 4 weeks post-operation. The air pocket inside your breasts can expand if you go up to high altitudes. The sudden pressure change 6,000 ft above the air can cause pain in the chest. You also don’t want to increase your risk of the economy class syndrome (deep vein thrombosis).

How do you know if your Breast Implant is damaged?

A ruptured breast implant happens only in rare cases, but it is still a possibility. If you feel like something’s off with your breasts, it’s best to seek an examination with your plastic surgeon.

If a saline implant ruptures, your breast size may reduce and deflate. The sudden change in volume will be immediately noticeable.

If a silicone implant ruptures, your breasts’ shape might change, however, the volume remains the same. This may result in inflammation and your body might get an extra scar tissue.

You might experience tenderness and pain in your breast after a rupture.

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