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Bathing 6 Weeks After Breast Reduction

I Am 6 Weeks Post Breast Reduction,and Incisions Are Without Scabs Etc,is It Safe to Bathe?

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Bathing After Surgery

Thanks for your question. You should contact your surgeon for these types of questions as practices do vary. Also you should be provided with clear post-operative instructions.

In our San Francisco Bay Area practice we have patients wait until after their bandages are removed at their first post-operative appointment before showering. We advise all patients to refrain from soaking in a bathtub until 2 weeks post-operative and soaking in pools, lakes, or rivers until 4 weeks post-op to minimize risk of infection.

Additionally, as an alternative to delaying washing your hair or washing in the sink you may be able to find a local salon that will wash your hair for less than the price of a haircut. I hope this helps.

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