Modesto Breast Augmentation Post-Op
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Questions and Answers about the recovery process after Breast Augmentation
by Dr. Tammy Wu, Modesto Plastic Surgeon

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Disclaimer for Modesto Breast Augmentation FAQ:  This is a general guide about breast augmentation recovery.  These Breast augmentation frequently asked questions (FAQ) are in general not surgeon or location specific; however they are personally written by Dr. Tammy Wu, Modesto Plastic Surgeon.  We hope that future and current patients and their families would benefit from these commonly asked questions.  As a disclaimer, the below does not substitute for advice obtained personally from a plastic surgeon and a professional consultation.  Keep in mind that surgery and medicine is as much an art as it is a science; therefore, individual surgeon's recommendations will vary.  Please consult your physician to verify any of the facts and options below.  The transmission of running and breast augmentation information from Dr. Wu's websites such as or or is not intended to create, nor does it create, a physician-patient relationship between you and Dr. Wu or her Modesto plastic surgery practice Surgical Artistry, Inc..

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After Breast Augmentation FAQ
"Is it normal?"

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What is the focus of this web page?

We want you to know what to expect after breast augmentation.  Some of these questions will come up for some patients after breast augmentation.  Everyone's experiences vary.  However, these questions may have meaning for you after your surgery.  We hope this will put your mind at ease.  Don't hesitate to call us if you have any concerns at all.

Is it normal after my breast augmentation surgery to have swollen breasts?

It is very normal to have swelling after any sort of surgery - including breast augmentation surgery.

How long will my breasts be swollen?

Swelling can last for several weeks to several months.

Is it normal for one side to be more painful than the other?

This depends on the patient and technique.  Each breast is different to begin with, thus one side may be more painful than the other.

When can I shower after Breast Augmentation?

The usual answer is:  48 hours after breast augmentation surgery, but leave the steri strips on.

My nipples are more sensitive after breast augmentation than before.  Is that normal?

The nipples can be less sensitive or more sensitive after breast augmentation.  The hyper/hyposensitivity of the nipples will diminish given some time.


Dr. Tammy Wu's practice profile 10-23-06 to 10-23-07:

  • Number of new patients seen over the last year:  678
  • Number of patient visits over the last year:  3665
  • Range in number of new patients seen over one month:  40-80
  • Range in number of patient visits over one month:  200-450
  • Number of years since graduation from medical school (as of 10-23-07):  Over 10 years
  • Number of years in Modesto, CA (as of 10-23-07):  Over 5 years
  • Total number of employees:  8
  • Number of full time employees in Modesto:  5
  • Days per week worked:  5-7 days per week.
  • Surgery days per week: 2-5 days per week.
  • On-call for hospitals:  Yes.  Doctors Medical Center, Modesto and Memorial Medical Center, Modesto.
  • Before and after pictures:  Yes.  Free viewing in the office.  Not on websites for patient privacy.  Call our office to make an appointment to see the tummy tuck before and after folder.
  • Modesto office square feet:  3000+
  • Modesto Location:  2336 Sylvan Ave. Suite C.  Modesto, CA 95355 (driving directions)
  • Telephone (Modesto):  209-551-1888
  • Email:  staff [at]
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Newest questions sent to us through this web page and answered directly by Dr. Tammy Wu

Date: 11-5-07

Can I ice the incision and surgery area during my recovery process?

Ice is a very good idea to help reduce swelling.  It would work especially well in the first three days after surgery, and would continue to work well for a week after surgery.  Use ice as needed.  Be careful not to fall asleep with ice over your body.

Should I take Arnica Montana?

Arnica is a botanical extract used in homeopathy for the treatment of muscle sprains, strains, stiffness, bruising, swelling, and tenderness.

We carry Arnica pellets, Arnica gel, and Arnica cream in our office.  The pellets  help diminish overall swelling, and arnica pellets can be taken a few days before surgery to diminish the swelling even more.  The gel or cream can be applied directly to the skin after 48 hours.

Can I put anything on my scars to diminish the appearance of the scars?

We recommend the following:

1. Keep the incision out of the sun and tanning beds for one year after surgery.  If sun exposure is a possibility, use a good sun screen or sun block.

2. Consider using a product that we have in the office:  Scar Guard.

3. Consider massaging the scar one month after your breast augmentation surgery.


Date: 12-01-07

Can I tan right after breast augmentation?

You can tan if you keep your scar covered.  Tanning can worsen the appearance the breast augmentation scars.  You can tan over the scars after the scars mature which usually happens one year after your breast augmentation. 

Keep sending us your breast augmentation questions!  We won't publish all questions, we'll of course review and determine if they are appropriate for our breast augmentation web site.  And we'll keep them anonymous if we share the questions and answers.  You will get answers to your questions in your email, so you do not need to check back on this web site.  Keep in mind, don't send us email if you have a pressing question.  Call us instead:  (209) 551-1888.  As you know, there is usually a delay in answering email.



Summary description "After Breast Augmentation"

Breast Augmentation Postop Questions is a webpage that tries to anticipate some of the questions one might have after breast augmentation surgery.  It may be good to know some of these questions and answers before heading toward the operating room with your breast augmentation surgeon.  These questions are answers by Dr. Tammy Wu, Modesto Plastic Surgeon.





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Board Certified
Plastic Surgeon

2336 Sylvan Ave. Suite C
Modesto, CA 95355.

telephone: 209-551-1888

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