The Best Way to Recover from Breast Reduction Surgery
You see the difference immediately following your breast reduction surgery. While you can expect some swelling, it goes away within about four weeks. But the results from removing all that weight from your chest is apparent right away.
Still, closely follow your doctor’s orders when it comes to your recovery from breast reduction, so that those results continue for the rest of your life without any complications. Risks and side effects from the procedure are greatly reduced when you rely on the expertise of a seasoned plastic surgeon like those at Rowe Plastic Surgery in NYC’s Upper East Side, as well as in Long Island, New Jersey and the Hamptons.
What Are the Initial Effects of Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery usually is performed in an outpatient setting. You’re put under general anesthesia, so you sleep during the procedure. The surgery takes one and a half to two hours, depending on the size of your breasts and the amount of reduction you need.
To combat any discomfort immediately after the surgery, your doctors:
How Long Is the Recovery from Breast Reduction Surgery?
The average recovery time is about four to six weeks. Normally, it’s relatively pain-free. You should be able to return to your regular routine within 10 days of the surgery. Avoid heavy lifting for three to four weeks. Also, limit contact with your breasts to very gentle touching for up to six weeks.
In nearly all cases, there’s no need to remove the sutures because your plastic surgeon uses dissolvable stiches that your body naturally absorbs. They usually disappear in a couple weeks. Over the initial six weeks of your recovery, you may experience:
What Can I Do to Make My Breast Reduction Recovery Go Smoothly?
By closely following all the instructions provided by your surgeon, your breast reduction recovery goes smoothly, quickly and relatively painlessly. While you may feel like dancing, it’s wise to wait to hit the dance floor until your doctor gives you the go-ahead. Keep your follow-up appointments, which you made prior to the surgery and are part of the cost of the surgery to ensure that you’re healing properly.
Other steps to take to make sure your recovery proceeds without complications include:
How Should I Take Care of My New Breasts Over Time?
Breast reduction usually is permanent, as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Of course, aging still affects your bosom, just as it does every other part of your body. Stay realistic about your expectations for a lifetime of perkier, younger-looking breasts. Overall, breast reduction greatly improves the quality of your life. With care and attention, you can avoid the things that interfere with the shape and lift of your smaller breasts, including:
The team of cosmetic surgeons in New Jersey, Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons are available for questions about enabling a smooth recovery after surgery and caring for your smaller breasts. They provide you with an extensive list of things to do immediately following surgery and for the long-term. Contact Rowe Plastic Surgery to get immediate relief from the harrowing effects of breasts that are too big for your body. Breast reduction surgery is safe and effective, with very little expected downtime as you recover.