It is normal to develop some swelling and bruising along the incision, which may require several weeks before it goes away. To reduce the swelling, you may use an ice pack over the bandage or on top of your clothing for 20 minutes at a time 3 times a day for the first 2 days after surgery. The bruising is of no concern as long as the breast remains soft and there is not too much discomfort. Contact the doctor immediately if the bruising is associated with hardening of the breast and increasing pain.
Most women find it more comfortable to wear a support bra, day and night, for about a week. This relieves some of the tension on the incision and helps to support the breast while it heals.
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