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How long does it take for swelling to subside after surgery?

Swelling or bruising of your tissue may last four to eight weeks. It may take longer for swelling to subside in patients that have had prior radiation. Unrelated to swelling, it may take several months for the final appearance of your reconstruction to become evident. It is essential to be patient with your body; different patients heal at different rates. Scheduling revision surgery or nipple reconstruction before allowing the breasts proper time to settle and heal can result in an uneven aesthetic outcome.

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