Breast reduction surgery recovery can be a strenuous process. Follow these tips to ensure a speedy recovery.
Believe it or not, breast reduction is amongst the most popular plastic surgery procedures. There are a lot of women who hate having large boobs and a variety of problems that come with it.
A breast reduction procedure minimizes the size of breasts to bring them in proportion to the rest of the body. It is quite an invasive procedure that is performed under general anesthesia and hence involves an intensive recovery period. The recovery process will look different for everyone and is based on multiple different factors; genetics, pain tolerance, type of surgical technique, amount of breast tissue removed, and how well you follow pre and post-surgical instructions.
It is important to be fully aware of the ins and outs of the procedure. The better prepared you are for the recovery, the quicker you will be able to heal and enjoy the results of the surgery.
BREAST REDUCTION RECOVERY TIMELINE
Let’s have a look at the breast reduction recovery timeline:
1-3 Days Post-Surgery
These three days will certainly be the most difficult ones. Post the surgery, your breasts will be covered with sterile dressings and a surgical bra to hold all the incisions and stitches in place. In certain cases, the surgeon will place in the drains to get rid of excess fluid. Your breasts will be quite swollen at this time and will stay like it for the next few days.
Expect to feel tired, weak, nauseous, and sleepy as the surgery is performed under general anesthesia. At this point, avoid showering for 48 hours post-surgery.
Stick to all the post-operative instructions given by your surgeon. Take all your medication, including pain killers and antibiotics, on time. Take care of your incisions as per the instructions provided by your surgeon. Make sure to have someone around you at all times for at least the first week or two of recovery. You can ask a family member friend or hire someone to help you around. A great way is to book yourself in a recovery center.
1-2 Week Post-Surgery
In about 5-14 days after your surgery, you might feel quite tired. Make sure that you are still taking a lot of rest. During this time, take short walks around the house to help with the circulation. Your body is still healing and needs a lot of care. Your swelling will slowly start to come down. The bruising will still be pretty much there during this time frame.
Most surgeons use absorbable sutures, which will start to dissolve around the two-week marker. At this point, you might start on the silicone sheet and gel treatments that will allow your scars to heal. Be mindful of how you move around the house and avoid lifting heavy projects. Most surgeons will not allow you to go back to work during the first two weeks post-surgery.
2-4 Weeks Post Surgery
You will slowly start to feel like yourself again and return to your normal activities. However, avoid any movements that can lead to discomfort. Most people will also experience itching sensations. Please resist your urge to scratch the skin. Swelling will be visibly reduced. Make sure to wear a comfortable, wire-free bra during this time frame. Stay clear of all strenuous activities as well as lifting any heavyweights.
4-6 Weeks Post Surgery
Once a month has passed, your energy will return to normal, and you will feel more comfortable delving into your daily activities. Your stitches will be gone by now.
In most cases, the surgeon will allow you to resume light exercising, baths, and wearing normal bras. By six weeks, most people can sleep on their stomach or the side and gain most of their strength back.
PAIN AND BREAST REDUCTIONS
It is common and expected to have incisional pain post breast reduction surgery. Most patients who experience back and neck pain as a result of heavy breasts will sense immediate relief post the surgery. It essentially feels like a weight is taken off the chest.
It is normal to experience nausea once you wake up. This is primarily due to general anesthesia. Make sure to consume your pain medications timely to keep the pain at bay. Most people will be able to get off their medication in about three to seven days post-surgery.
SCARRING AND BREAST REDUCTIONS
Scarring is bound to occur with all sorts of incisions. Any skilled plastic surgeon will follow the meticulous technique to minimize the visibility of scars. Most of the scars will fade over time if you take proper care of yourself post-surgery. Other factors that impact the appearance of scars include genetics, age, and skin tone.
Here are a few tips to follow to minimize the appearance of scars:
- Consume a healthy, protein-rich diet to help your body heal.
- Do not opt for any activities that put stress on your incisions.
- Follow all post-procedure instructions carefully to heal completely.
- Use silicone gel and sheet post-surgery to minimize the formation of scar tissues.
- You can look into post-procedure scar treatments once you are fully healed.
ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR A SPEEDY BREAST REDUCTION RECOVERY
Here are some additional tips that will help you out:
- Have someone to help you for at least the first week.
- Take plenty of rest and sleep for a minimum of 8 hours a day.
- Do not lift heavy weights for 3 to 4 weeks.
- Drink loads of water and stay hydrated.
- Avoid foods that are high in sugar and salt.
- Do not use hydrogen peroxide/alcohol on your incisions.
- Walk lightly around your house to prevent blood clots.
You need to make sure that you have an amazing relationship with your surgeon, and he can answer all your questions in advance. Stick to all the pre and post-surgical instruction. A wise way to go about recovery is booking yourself in a recovery center. That way, you will have peace of your mind and have all your needs taken care of in one place. If you have any further questions about the recovery, feel free to reach out to us.