Posted on August 13, 2021 in Breast Procedures
Patients who consider breast reduction surgery are usually concerned about what they can expect from a recovery period. After all, to achieve the results you are looking for, it is important to carefully follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions regarding caring for yourself throughout the recovery process. During a consultation, Dr. Ellen can answer any questions you may have. Before your appointment, here are some of the basics regarding breast reduction recovery.
Recovery After Breast Reduction
After breast reduction surgery, it’s normal to feel sore for about 2-3 weeks. Pain medication can help you stay comfortable, and side effects will continue to improve each day after your surgery. Throughout the recovery period, you may also notice that your breasts look firmer and rounder due to swelling; this is temporary. Most patients need about 1-2 weeks away from their normal routines to rest and recover at home following their breast reduction surgery.
Caring For Yourself After Breast Reduction
Rest is the primary thing to consider during the early stages of recovery. Be sure to get enough sleep as you heal. Avoid lifting any heavy objects for at least two weeks after the surgery, and do not do anything too strenuous during this time. However, you should get up and carefully walk every few hours to prevent blood clots. Dr. Ellen may also suggest that you do not shower until drains are removed and to avoid bathing or otherwise submerging incisions for at least four weeks.
Dr. Ellen will give you specific instructions regarding your medications, which will likely include pain medication and antibiotics. It can be helpful to eat a meal before taking your medication to avoid nausea. Before your surgery, it can be helpful to prepare or purchase simple and nutritious meals for your recovery period. Be sure that you also drink plenty of fluids.
After your surgery, you will need to care for your incision sites and bandages according to Dr. Ellen’s instructions. This may include carefully changing bandages and gently washing the area with antibacterial soap and warm water. You will also have a supportive surgical bra, which helps reduce swelling. Ice may be helpful to reduce swelling or discomfort, especially in the first several days after your surgery.
When to Contact Your Doctor After Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery is safe for most candidates, but there are some complications to watch out for. If you experience loose stitches, your incision comes open, or your incision begins bleeding, call Dr. Ellen. You should also seek medical care if your pain persists even after taking medication or you see signs of infection, including warmth, redness, pain, and swelling. Typically, these complications can be avoided with proper care during the recovery period, so be sure to follow Dr. Ellen’s instructions.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about breast reduction surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ellen. Call our Bloomfield Township, MI office at (248) 220-6760 or contact Dr. Ellen Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery through our online form.
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