While breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world, many women need to go in the opposite direction and have their breasts reduced. This generally comes down to the pain and unwanted attention that they’re experiencing.
If you’re planning your own breast reduction surgery, you’re probably wondering what you can expect during recovery.
A guide to breast reduction recovery
When will I be able to go home after my surgery?
Most breast reduction surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, which means that you will be able to go home the very same day. You will need someone to drive you home after your breast reduction though.
What should I expect during recovery?
The day after your surgery, you will be a bit groggy and uncomfortable. Your surgeon will provide you with a prescription for pain medication that will alleviate any discomfort. You will also need to wear a support garment that will support and protect your breasts. Since there will be some swelling and pain, you will need to take some time off work to recover and heal. Minimal activity is advised but walking is fine and actually recommended. You will need to refrain from any heavy lifting for at least 3 weeks after your surgery.
Most patients will be able to return to work after 2 weeks and will start feeling more energetic and comfortable after 3 or 4 weeks.
When will I be able to drive again?
Patients of the Dr Safvat clinic for breast reduction will be able to drive again once they no longer need pain medication.
Will I need to wear any special garments?
Yes, you will need to wear a bandage or compression garment during recovery.
Will drains be required after a breast reduction?
Some patients will need drains but these are generally removed after a week.
When will my swelling subside?
Noticeable swelling will last for a few weeks, while some patients may experience mild swelling for a few months.
How soon will I be able to shower?
Some patients will be able to shower the next day but others will need to wait for their drains to be removed.
How should I sleep after a breast reduction?
It’s best to sleep on your back and slightly elevated to alleviate any swelling.
When will I be able to exercise properly again?
While you can start walking around again the day after your surgery, you will only be able to engage in a normal exercise routine again after a month or two.
Is there anything I can do to make recovery easier?
It’s best to get someone to help you around the house, especially if you have small children.
Stock your fridge and cupboards with healthy foods so that you don’t need to worry about grocery shopping.
Speak to your surgeon about what you can expect after your surgery to make sure that you have all the information you need in your specific case.