Breast reduction recovery

breast reduction recovery

Breast reduction recovery(female)

Your recovery after breast reduction surgery will affect how your breasts look over time. Knowing how to take care of your incisions, how to control your pain and when to resume your exercise and other activities will help you obtain the best possible appearance after breast reduction.

Recovery From Breast Reduction Surgery

After your surgery, you will receive postoperative instructions. Follow them carefully so you can heal properly. The instructions will include the types of medication to apply to the surgical area, oral medications to take to help in healing and reducing the risk of infection, and when to follow up with the surgeon.You will need to take at least one week off from work or school for breast reduction surgery. Some people need two weeks, but each situation varies. Your surgeon will instruct you on follow-up appointments for removing bandages and stitches.

While you recover, you'll need to stop physical activity for at least one month after surgery. Despite the post-surgical compression bra that patients wear for two weeks following the procedure, the swelling takes about four to six weeks to go down, and the final results manifest within three months. Restrictions from activity are highly individual, based on personal pain tolerance, but most of  patients can "get back to normal life usually in a few days to a week or two." Strenuous physical activity (like gym) is not recommended for two months.

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Activity

  • Rest when you feel tired. Getting enough sleep will help you recover.
  • For about 2 weeks after surgery, avoid lifting anything that would make you strain. This may include heavy grocery bags and milk containers, a heavy briefcase or backpack, cat litter or dog food bags, a vacuum cleaner, or a child. Do not lift anything over your head for 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Ask your doctor when you can drive again.
  • Ask your doctor when it is okay for you to have sex.
  • You can take your first shower the day after your drain or bandage is removed. This is usually within about 1 week. Sometimes doctors say it is okay to shower the day after surgery. Do not take a bath or soak in a hot tub for about 4 weeks.
  • You will probably be able to go back to work or your normal routine in 2 to 3 weeks. This depends on the type of work you do and any further treatment.

Diet

 

  • You can eat your normal diet. If your stomach is upset, try bland, low-fat foods like plain rice, broiled chicken, toast, and yogurt.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (unless your doctor tells you not to).
  • You may notice that your bowel movements are not regular right after your surgery. This is common. Try to avoid constipation and straining with bowel movements. Take a fibre supplement. If you have not had a bowel movement after a couple of days, take a mild laxative.

Medicines

  • Your doctor will tell you if and when you can restart your medicines. He or she will also give you instructions about taking any new medicines.
  • If you take blood thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), or aspirin, be sure to talk to your doctor. He or she will tell you if and when to start taking those medicines again. Make sure that you understand exactly what your doctor wants you to do.
  • Take pain medicines exactly as directed.
    • If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed.
    • If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medicine.
  • If you think your pain medicine is making you sick to your stomach:
    • Take your medicine after meals (unless your doctor has told you not to).
    • Ask your doctor for a different pain medicine.
  • If you were given medicine for nausea, take it as directed.
  • If your doctor prescribed antibiotics, take them as directed. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics.

Incision care

  • If your doctor gave you specific instructions on how to care for your incision, follow those instructions.
  • You may be wearing a special bra that holds your bandages in place after the surgery. Your doctor will tell you when you can stop wearing the bra. Your doctor may want you to wear the bra at night as well as during the day for several weeks. Do not wear an underwire bra for 1 month.
  • If you have strips of tape on your incision, leave the tape on for a week or until it falls off. Or follow your doctor's instructions for removing the tape.
  • Wash the area daily with warm, soapy water, and pat it dry. Don't use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, which can slow healing.
  • You may cover the area with a gauze bandage if it weeps or rubs against clothing. Change the bandage every day. Consider having someone help you with this.

Exercise

  • Try to walk each day. Start by walking a little more than you did the day before. Bit by bit, increase the amount you walk. Walking boosts blood flow and helps prevent pneumonia and constipation.
  • Avoid strenuous activities, such as bicycle riding, jogging, weight lifting, or aerobic exercise, until your doctor says it is okay.
  • Your doctor will tell you when to begin stretching exercises and normal activities.

Ice

  • Put ice or a cold pack over your breast for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Try to do this every 1 to 2 hours for the next 3 days (when you are awake) or until the swelling goes down. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin.

10 common question about breast reduction recovery

1What can I expect after a breast reduction?
While you recover, you'll need to stop physical activity for at least one month after surgery. After breast reduction surgery, you should expect to feel tired and to have breast pain. ... Your surgeon will give you an oral painkiller to ease you through the first few days after surgery. You should also avoid heavy lifting.
2Do you lose weight after breast reduction?
A: Yes. You should do so for two very good reasons. First, you could lose weight from the breast after the reduction and end up with droop and a smaller breast than desired.
3How painful is a breast reduction?
After surgery, you will probably feel weak. You may feel sore for 2 to 3 weeks. You also may feel pulling or stretching in your breast area. Although you may need pain medicine for a week or two, you can expect to feel better and stronger each day.
4How long does it take for swelling to go down after breast reduction?
Finally, be sure to get plenty of rest and take it easy. The recovery after a breast reduction is normally 6-8 weeks. The inflammation and swelling takes at least 6 weeks to reduce to a point that the breast starts to feel soft and natural. Drainage tubes are normally placed for 24 hours and then removed.
5Can I sleep on my side after breast reduction?
Your surgeon may ask you to sleep on your back for two weeks.
6How dangerous is breast reduction surgery?
Possible breast reduction surgery risks include: Unfavorable scarring. Infection. Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent.
7Do breasts grow back after a reduction?
Although it is rare that the breasts would “grow back” after a reduction surgery, it certainly can happen. ... If the breasts do increase in size after surgery, it can be for a few different reasons: Drastic hormonal changes, such as menopause. Significant weight gain.
8Is Breast Reduction major surgery?
Reduction mammoplasty, also known as breast reduction, is a surgical procedure that removes fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts. It is performed under general anesthesia. As with any type of surgery, breast reduction surgery has a significant recovery period.
9Can you die from breast reduction surgery?
With any surgery, there is inherent risk to going under anesthesia, though the risk is low. Risks of the actual procedure include decreased sensation or loss of sensation in the nipple, infection, poor wound healing, asymmetry and the death of fat tissue in the breast.
10How do I know if I need a breast reduction?
7 Physical Signs You May Need A Breast Reduction, According To Experts Bra Strap Grooving. Andrew Zaeh for Bustle. ... Numbness And Tingling In The Hands And Fingers. ... Decreased Nipple Sensitivity. ... Shoulder Pain And Posture Changes. ... Yeast Infections Under The Breast Crease. ... Neck Pain. ... Chafing, Sweating, And Rashes Under The Breast.

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