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How bad is the swelling?

The swelling usually peaks at 7 to 10 days. When you take off your garment for the first time, you see a very nice shape, but that shape gets more swollen over the first 7 to 10 days. After 7 to 10 days, you'll notice the swelling starts to decrease. Things you can do to decrease the swelling, are to take Arnica tablets and Bromelain tablets two weeks before and two weeks after the procedure, that really helps with swelling. The other important thing to help with swelling is to keep the garment on and to come to your appointments for the lymphatic draining massages. Some areas there's more swelling. In the ankles and the calves, you can get swelling that may last up to three to six months because it's an area that's a very long way from the heart; so it takes a longer period for that swelling to settle. For the ankles and calves, it's important you keep your feet up in the first two weeks at the end of the day for about half an hour to reduce the swelling in that area. In the neck, the swelling is not so bad because the area is above the heart. The swelling really settles down very quickly in about two or three days.