What You Need to Know About Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a great option for those who experience physical or emotional discomfort and pain because of the size of their breasts. This procedure removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size that is in proportion with the body while alleviating the discomfort associated with breasts that are overly large. In this post, we will look at what you can expect when it comes to your breast reduction surgery recovery.
As with any procedure, you will receive postoperative instructions after your breast reduction that need to be followed exactly in order to ensure you heal as quickly and safely as possible. Breast reduction surgery requires general anesthesia. When you come out of surgery you will be bandaged, sutured, and may have drainage tubes that will need to remain in place for a specified amount of time.
When you go home, you’re going to need help from a friend or family member for a few days to assist with bathing, dressing, and other daily tasks. You will also have a surgical bra that you will need to wear for several weeks as part of the recovery process. This bra will help limit swelling and provide proper support for your breasts.
You will notice that your breasts are tender and there is swelling and bruising which will fade over time. However, most patients will be able to return to work win about two weeks’ time., depending on how strenuous your job is. It’s important to inform your surgeon of your job requirements as well as your lifestyle i.e. hobbies and exercise in order to ensure you’re not overexerting yourself and putting yourself at risk.