Post-surgical swelling and bruising are natural consequences of virtually all invasive surgical procedures. If you’re considering FTM/N chest reconstruction, it’s important to know that temporary noticeable bruising and swelling are inevitable. In most cases, bruising and swelling will last for several days and more commonly several weeks following your procedure.
Making sure that you have a safe and comfortable recovery is one of our surgeons’ primary goals. Dr. Mosser or Dr. Facque will provide you with specific instructions before and after surgery to ensure the fastest recovery possible.
While healing unavoidably takes some time, there are steps that you can take in advance of surgery to speed up recovery. The information below is meant to serve as a guide. Dr. Mosser or Dr. Facque will provide you with more in-depth instructions during your personal consultation.
Quit Smoking: If you’re looking for yet another reason to quit smoking, here it is. Current smokers considering FTM chest surgery should quit completely (not one cigarette, not one puff) at least one month in advance of surgery. Cigarette smoke inhibits nutritional blood flow to the skin, which ultimately delays wound healing, may result in undesirable scarring and discoloration, and can threaten survival of the nipples.
Low Sodium Diet: Excess sodium can cause your body to retain fluid, which can prolong swelling during your recovery. Following a low sodium diet (less than 1500 mg a day) a week in advance of and two weeks after your procedure will help minimize water retention and ultimately reduce post-surgical swelling.
Avoid Certain Medications: Blood thinners, anti-inflammatory medications and certain herbal supplements are known to increase your risk of bleeding and bruising. These medications and supplements should be discontinued at least 7 to 10 days prior to surgery. You should discuss your use of all prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements with Dr. Mosser in advance of your surgery. We will provide you with a full list of what to avoid as part of your preoperative visit.
Natural remedies Arnica Montana and Bromelain are frequently used to speed up the healing process. Arnica Montana is a plant-based herbal medicine which has been used for hundreds of years to reduce swelling, bruising and pain. Bromelain is a made from pineapple extract and works as a natural anti-inflammatory to minimize post-surgical swelling.
Dr. Mosser and Dr. Facque frequently recommend Arnica Montana and Bromelain to patients recovering from FTM and FTN chest reconstruction. If you are a good candidate for either of these natural healing remedies, Dr. Mosser or Dr. Facque will provide you with specific pre-and post-surgical instructions.