Recovery After Breast Reduction

Recovery After Breast Reduction

The first day of your breast reduction surgery will almost certainly be the first day of your home recovery. This outpatient surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is followed by an hour or two of recovery time.

As you gradually awaken, your job is to notify your nurses of any pain or nausea so that they can make you as comfortable as possible.

When you are awake enough, you will indeed be given home instructions, which may include wound care, activity restrictions, and the use of prescription medications. As many questionnaire as you need to. You will then be released into the care of whoever you have pre arranged to drive you home.

You will have bandages covering your incisions and will most likely be wearing a post operative bra. Your breasts will appear smaller right away, despite being slightly swollen. Because your incisions will be covered with gauze on the first day, you won’t be able to see them.

Under that gauze, your body will be hard at work beginning the healing process. Your job is simply to rest to aid this process.

The First Week Following Breast Reduction

You should have planned to take the first week or two off from employment and other demanding obligations to rest and recover.

Some patients, particularly those with desk jobs, have been able to resume their jobs after three or four days. Eat well, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid grunt work and strenuous activity during the early post op period.

During the first week, you will also experience some post-surgical pain. The level of pain varies from patient to patient, but most patients are pleasantly surprised that it is less than they expected.  In fact, most patients report a tight feeling rather than severe pain.

Nonetheless, it is critical not to let the pain overwhelm you, especially in the first three to five days following surgery. Take your pain medications on time, as they can take some time to take effect. As discussed with your doctor, you may be able to switch to the over pain medication when you are able. 

Take a few moments this week to go over the instructions you received at your pre operative meeting and after surgery. Make certain you understand them, and do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions or concerns.

The most effective method for ensuring the best outcome is to follow doctor’s orders. This may include wound care and bandaging to prevent the spread, as well as activity limitations. The internet is a good of post operative advice; however, this advice could not be what your surgeon wishes for you to do. 

The First Month Following Breast Reduction Surgery

During the first month, your incisions will heal, and you will begin to feel like yourself again. You will also begin to notice the advantages of your breast reduction, such as reduced neck and shoulder pain, better fitting clothes, and increased freedom of movement.

These advantages are largely determined by the reasons you underwent breast reduction surgery in the first place.

The First Month After Breast Reduction Surgery

Your body has to work hard to heal and recover. This process, though more subtle, continues as the months pass. It may take 12-18 months to see the full extent of your surgery’s results, including how your scars will appear.

It will all depend on how well you follow your doctor’s orders and keep hold of yourself during that time. It will cost money, but you are worth it.

What not to do after a Breast Reduction?

To guarantee a speedy recovery and maximize the effects of the procedure, it’s crucial to take good care of yourself after having breast reduction surgery. Here are some things you should steer clear of after surgery:

  1. Follow the advice of your surgeon: Carefully follow the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon. Guidelines for treating wounds, taking medications, wearing a supportive bra, and limiting physical activities are a few examples. Following these guidelines is essential for effective recovery and obtaining the desired results.
  2. Avoid strenuous activity: During the initial recuperation time, refrain from engaging in strenuous activities, heavy lifting, or intense exercises. These activities could put stress on the wounds, leading to problems or possibly delaying the healing process.
  3. Don’t prematurely remove dressings or bandages: As directed by your surgeon, it’s crucial to keep the dressings and bandages in place. They give support, help to minimize swelling, and protect the incision sites. Removing them too soon could prevent the body from recovering.
  4. Avoid smoking and using nicotine-containing products: Smoking and using nicotine-containing products can seriously impair the healing process by decreasing blood flow and raising the risk of complications. It is best to stop smoking and consuming nicotine-containing goods for a set amount of time before and after the procedure.
Candan Mezilli

I graduated from Ankara University Medical School in 2005. The same year, i began to attend to six-year Plastic Surgery specialty training in İzmir at Ege University Medical School, Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. In 2011, I completed my specialty training. After that, i worked as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon for many hospitals such as Kars Government Hospital (2011-2013), Kocaeli Darıca Farabi Government Hospital (2014). I’ve done a lot of surgeries, which helped to improve myself. Afterwards in accordance with my personal characteristics and willing to finding a wider workspace, i began to work in Special Hospitals (Ankara Kudret International Special Hospital and Ankara Keçiören Special Hospital (2014-2015). Between 2015-2018 I worked as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in Bodrum Acıbadem Special Hospital, which is biggest hospital group of Turkey. While working in Bodrum Acıbadem Special Hospital I had the opportunity operated both national and international patients. Dr. Candan Mezili is now working in private practice in his own office.

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