It’s important to allow time for healing following your nipple reconstruction before you go swimming. The time of this will vary for each person. A wound infection can happen any time after surgery until the wound is completely healed. Usually it takes about two to three weeks for the skin to heal. You may want to talk with your breast care nurse.
Applying a waterproof dressing for swimming can be difficult as it’s likely to leak. A waterproof dressing can sometimes be used for showering to keep the wound dry.
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