Breast Reduction Recovery
What Is Recovery from Breast Reduction Surgery Like
During the recovery process, your breast reduction surgeon will be in close contact with you to ensure you remain comfortable and are healing well. Dr. Neil Zemmel puts a high value on this communication, as it allows patients to rest easy and focus on their recovery.
Dr. Neil Zemmel is very thorough in helping patients understand what to expect during the recovery from reduction surgery, and he is available to answer any questions that may arise throughout the healing process.
Immediately after breast reduction surgery, you will mostly likely be admitted to the hospital for an overnight stay, so our nurses and doctor can maintain close observation over your recovery. Any post-operative pain is typically well-tolerated with intravenous medicines, and should you need it, additional medication can be provided to help with nausea. The following morning, members of the surgical team will meet with you to change your bandages. Once you are ready, you will be discharged to go home.
Though resting is essential throughout the course of your recovery from breast reduction, you will also need to frequently move around to facilitate healing. After about two or three days post-surgery, you can begin to perform light daily activities, including showering. You can expect your breasts to feel tight and swollen for about one week – many women compare this feeling to when their bodies start producing milk for breastfeeding. Throughout this time, you should not have too many issues moving around. By the second week, you should feel even more like yourself, and soreness should begin to resolve.
The majority of patients take anywhere from 10-14 days off from work so they can relax and focus on recovery. Most activities can be resumed after three to four weeks post-operatively. As the swelling continues to go down and your body heals, you can begin to notice your beautiful breast reduction results taking shape.
Breast Reduction Recovery Tips
As you recover from your breast reduction, it is important that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions as closely as possible. This not only ensures you obtain optimal results, but also reduces the risk for potential complications as your body heals. In addition, by following the tips below, you can expect a smoother, more comfortable recovery.
- Rest as needed, but don’t be afraid to move around. Try to walk around and resume lighter activities after the first few days. This helps encourage your body to heal.
- Get help from a friend or family member for the first two to three days. You will most likely be sore at this point in your recovery, and additional help can make relaxing much easier.
- Take pain medications if you need them. Some discomfort is normal as your body begins to heal, but don’t suffer if you don’t need to.
- Don’t drive yourself for the first week or two if possible. It may take some time for your anesthesia to completely wear off. In the following days, the act of driving, as well as the seatbelt across your chest area, may cause discomfort.
- Refrain from smoking and other tobacco products, as these are known to complicate the body’s ability to heal.
More personalized details about how to navigate your breast reduction recovery will be discussed with you in detail prior to your surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
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