After Breast Reduction surgery, pain and fatigue are normal. Oral painkillers should be sufficient to address the pain in the first few days after surgery. Sutures will typically be removed after seven days.
Patients might also experience swelling, bruising, and firmness. These symptoms will subside over the next several weeks to months. As the swelling goes down, the breasts will get slightly smaller and as gravity and loss of skin elasticity do their natural work, the breasts will also descend somewhat.
Physical activity should be limited after a Breast Reduction surgery. Most patients can usually resume work after several days to one week. The Patient can start engaging in light exercise after four to six weeks.
For two to three months following surgery, a support bra is recommended, and even beyond that time is encouraged to retain the shape of the breast. It is very important to heed instructions and not to lift heavy objects or engage in any other highly strenuous activity prematurely, as this can cause scars to heal improperly.
Long Term Expectations
Scars are a normal result of the procedure, and although the scars will fade over time, they will never completely disappear. Breast reduction surgery may also result in the creation of certain “pleats” or folds around the incisions, which will resolve over weeks to months, up to a year. It can take that long for scars to fade and for the breast tissue to soften and remodel itself.
Over the long-term, the breast tissue settles and begins to assume a more natural shape and appearance. Patients are usually pleased with the weight reduction, and find they can participate more freely in a variety of activities. Although most patients are able to breastfeed after a Breast Reduction, in a small number of cases is not possible.