Author Topic: ice to reduce swelling?  (Read 2632 times)

Offline dsanders16

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Has anyone ever been reccomended to gently lay an ice pack over the chest to reduce the swelling? I had my surgery on Friday. I have lipo and tissue cut out on both sides but the left has a significant amount of breast tissue so right now it seems really swollen. No drains were put in so it's still really swollen.  Would putting ice on it be bad?


Offline George Pope, M.D.

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in general, ice is helpful in minimizing swelling of a surgical wound for the first 24 to maybe 48 hours. After that, it doesn't really do anything.

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Offline ddrop

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it helps to reduce the temperature of your body therefore sweating therfore itching. but as the doc said, cant help you with swelling anymore


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