A traditional breast reduction procedure involves removal of excess skin and breast tissues to improve breast size and shape. At Dr. Malamet’s practice, a breast reduction procedure with liposuction can be done if excess fat is also a concern. Whether you’re simply having breast reduction alone or going through the procedure with liposuction, below is a quick guide to your recovery.
What to expect post-surgery
Light to moderate pain and discomfort at the incision site is common during the first few days following breast reduction and can last for roughly a week. Swelling could persist until the fourth to eighth week post-surgery.
How to make your life easier
Sleeping on your back in a reclined position is recommended during the first few days following surgery. Having proper support should also be a priority even while you’re asleep. A good quality cotton bra that closes in the front offers maximum comfort.
When it comes to exercise and physical activity, listen to your body and give it time to heal. Light activities such as walking may be done a few days following surgery. Activities that involve lifting, twisting, pushing, and pulling should be avoided until the wounds have fully healed, typically four to six weeks post-surgery.
If you have a desk job, you can return to work in as little as two to three weeks. However, if your job entails heavy physical exertion, you need to wait six weeks.
Decreased or complete loss of sensation in the nipples and the surrounding area is common following breast reduction. It could last for weeks or months.
Planning for your breast reduction with Dr. Malamet
Dr. Malamet is a highly experienced breast reduction surgeon whose goal is to help women reduce breast size and achieve beautifully balanced breast reduction outcomes. Call 818.380.3130 to schedule your breast reduction appointment today.