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A 36-year-old member asked:

How long do i have to wait to take a shower after breast surgery?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vishnu Rumalla
Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends: Thanks for your question. If you do not have drains and the incisions look well healed you can shower in as little as 48 hours after most breast surgery. Please discuss with your surgeon.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Varies.: Much will depend on exactly what procedure was performed and your own surgeon's preferences/instructions. Best to get this type of instruction straight from your surgeon as opposed to online “consultants”. Best wishes.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
surgeon preference: Each surgeon has a different protocol for when to allow their patients to shower postoperatively. It is best to discuss this with the surgeon that you are having your procedure with. I generally use demabond skin glue foreclosure with my patients and allow them to shower within 24 hours.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How soon after breast surgery can I shower?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: Different surgeons give their patients different instructions on when they can shower after surgery. This will depend on the type of breast surgery you have (lumpectomy, mastectomy, reconstruction, etc.) and your surgeon's standards. The best thing to do is to check with your surgeon.

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