What you need to do before a breast reduction surgery?
- Ask your surgeon to give you some advice for the preparation before surgery.
- Plan ahead for your transportation after the surgery by, for example, asking a friend or relative to drive you home.
- Finish your important tasks that must be done before going the operation, because you will have to rest for a few days after your surgery.
- Stock up on easy-to-prepare food and beverages for your post-operative period.
- Make sure that there will be someone to take care of you for at least 2-3 days after the surgery. You will need someone to prepare food for you and help you take your medications on time.
Breast reduction recovery
Every surgery has a recovery period during which you have to follow certain instructions to properly recover from it. Your surgeon will give you instructions and advice that you are expected to follow strictly. Feel free to keep in touch with your surgeon during the recovery period and seek additional guidelines.
We, too, provide some information about the post-operative period here.
First few weeks
A breast reduction surgery patient should wear an elastic bandage or a special surgical bra (a bandeau) over gauze and dressings for two or three days after the surgery. The gauze and dressings will be removed after this period and the patient will have to continue wearing the surgical bra for the next several weeks. Stitches (sutures) are usually removed one to two weeks after surgery.
Most breast reduction patients will be able to return to work after 10-14 days, depending on their profession. However, they are instructed to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for several weeks after surgery and abstain from sexual activity for a week or two, because sexual arousal can cause inflammation around the incisions.
During the breast reduction surgery recovery period the patient will have some swelling and bruising, but they will usually subside in a few weeks. A moisturizer can be used on the breasts to alleviate any dryness and itching, but be careful not to apply it directly to the incision sites.
First few months
For four to six weeks after a breast reduction surgery any contact with the breasts should be gentle. Also, during the first menstrual period following surgery patients’ breasts may swell and become tender. Some women may also experience sporadic pains for a few months, especially during menstruation. Pain medications may be prescribed by your doctor to be taken to alleviate your pains.
There may be some usually temporary side effects during the first few months. They include: altered sensations of the nipples and breast skin, numbness (in some women) and hypersensitivity of the breast area.
Because breast tissue is greatly involved during surgery, the ensuing swelling will take up to one year to subside, so you may have to wait until then to see the final results.
Breast reduction results