Breast Reduction: What to know about Recovery
- Sunday, 15 January 2017 07:48
- Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center
It is often a desire for larger breasts that is in the spotlight, so to speak. We know that not every woman fits into the category of wanting breast enlargement. Dr. Kimmel provides a wealth of services to patients from Reading, Pottsville, Hazleton, Philadelphia, and more – including breast reduction.
Breast reduction surgery is conducted with the intent of enabling a woman to feel comfortable in her own body. When breasts are smaller, they are also lighter in terms of weight, which means a woman is eased of the burden (literally!) that she has carried for year. Undergoing a breast procedure is a big decision that requires you to have the full extent of information in order to determine what is best for you. Here, we will look at the matter of recovery.
The Process of Reducing Breast Size
Breast reduction surgery is more than a slight liposuction procedure. The breasts must be shaped, not just resized. This means there will be incisions, and that the areolas will be moved so they face forward rather than downward. Incisions, tissue removal, and tightening mean disruption to the natural form, and that means you need a bit of special care after this procedure.
- Pain is one of the primary concerns that patients have when they face surgery. At the same time, many patients also want to take prescription medication for as short a time as possible. Surgeons agree that there is no value in waiting to see “how bad” pain becomes without medication. The body needs to heal, and that means you want to minimize stress; both physical and emotional. After breast reduction, take your prescription medication as prescribed for at least a few days. Then see if comfort can be maintained with over-the-counter medication. If you have any questions regarding discomfort after breast reduction, call our office.
- Expect to wear a surgical bra 24/7 for several days, or as long as a few weeks. The purpose of this light compression garment is to minimize swelling and bruising by preventing excessive movement of the chest muscles. Once you no longer need the degree of support gained with the surgical bra, switch to a good sports bra, gradually transitioning into your everyday bra over time.
- Take it slow. Many patients expect to be back to their normal routine within a few weeks. However, full recovery can take as long as a month, and strenuous exercise should not be performed for the first 6 weeks after breast reduction.
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