Healing After a Breast Reduction

Growing in popularity, breast reduction surgery has increased by 11% in recent years. Breast reduction surgery can be helpful for women who are experiencing pain or feeling weighed down by their breasts. Other women may be self-conscious about having overly large breasts.

At the office of Dr. Daniel Brauman in White Plains, New York, your health — physical and emotional — is our greatest priority. We’re here to provide you with the latest in cosmetic procedures and to see you through every step of the recovery process. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful guide to healing after a breast reduction operation.

What is a breast reduction?

If you have abnormally large breasts, or gigantomastia, then you’ve probably experienced the discomfort — including neck pain and back pain — that often comes with this condition. A breast reduction can help.

A breast reduction is major surgery, so we need to perform an exam and run some lab tests to ensure that you’re up for surgery. For the best chance of healing, you need to be in good physical shape at the time of your procedure. 

Preparing for your breast reduction

There are a few things you may need to do to prepare for your breast reduction surgery. If you’re taking any medications, be sure to give us a full list; there may be some medications that you need to temporarily stop using or discontinue taking altogether. If you smoke, you need to quit for a period before and after your surgery.

You also want to make sure that you’re prepared at home. Be sure to have plenty of ice on hand to help with the pain and swelling. Clean towels, washcloths, and gauze are also helpful to have around. Plan to wear loose, comfortable T-shirts, and to pick up any ointments or medications that we prescribe for follow-up. 

You may have to stay in the hospital overnight, but in most cases you can go home following the procedure. You want to make sure that you have someone who can help you get home when you leave the hospital. 

Recovering after surgery

When it comes to work and school, plan to take off 1-2 weeks following surgery; it depends on how quickly you heal. You also need to abstain from strenuous physical activity, including lifting any heavy objects, for about a month after your procedure. In general, you should just focus on resting. 

We give you instructions on how and how often to change your bandages and apply any medications or ointments that we’ve prescribed. Some pain is normal, but we prescribe oral painkillers to help ease the pain as you recover. If any complications should arise or if you experience acute pain, be sure to let us know right away.

If you’re experiencing pain, discomfort, or self-esteem issues as a result of your breasts, then it may be time to consider a breast reduction. Call us to set up an appointment today.

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