Time is one of the most important factors in healing after breast reduction surgery.
But how much time do you need to heal?
The truth of the matter is that there’s no hard-and-fast answer to this question. It all depends on the person, as well as a range of other factors.
That’s why it’s impossible to give you a solid number – for many women, it’s all about what the word recovery means to you.
It might mean resting and restriction from everyday activities (which might be a few weeks) or it may mean the length of time it will take for your breasts to settle into their final shape, size, and position (which may take a few months).
Today we’re exploring what your breast breast reduction recovery may look like.
What to expect after breast reduction surgery
Breast reduction surgery focuses on reducing the weight, size and shape of one’s breasts.
Women with large breasts often choose to get them reduced for a number of reasons:
- Back pain
- Discomfort in day to day activities
- Pain or discomfort sleeping
- Difficulty finding clothing
- Self esteem issues
And for you to achieve success in breast reduction surgery, you will need to determine the results that you want to accomplish in the process. Ensure surgery is for you and you alone. No one else can make this decision for you.
Breast reduction recovery
There are a lot of things you’ll need to look into before committing to breast reduction surgery – one of these is the recovery period.
Most women who choose breast reduction will experience a range of different changes and discomfort as part of the healing process. Some of these may include:
- Swollen breasts
- Mild pain and discomfort
- Reduced strenuous activities
These issues persist, in some cases months after the procedure itself.
We aren’t saying all of this to scare you – it’s important to have realistic expectations when it comes to breast reduction surgery so you can prepare yourself emotionally and physically.
After six to eight months of breast reduction surgery, you can expect:
- Breasts to have fully settled in their final position
- Scars to start lightening and even begin fading
- More sensitive nipples for a period afterwards
How long do all of these side-effects last? Well you see, that depends…
Post-operative care after breast reduction surgery, and how your habits affect your recovery
Some women are naturally wired to recover faster than others, while others may find their breast reduction recovery takes longer.
However, this isn’t the only thing that influences how long your recovery takes!
Your breast reduction surgery can also be influenced by a range of other factors – ones that you can actually control.
Take the right measures during the recovery phase, and you may be able to speed up your recovery and get to your new normal sooner!
Reduce certain activities
Immediately following surgery, you will most likely experience swelling, bruising and pain which may take some to heal.
The last thing you’ll want to do is aggravate your body!
As such, certain physical activities are completely off-limits.
Patients often experience weakness and tiredness after surgery.
So get all the rest that you need, and as much as possible, reduce strenuous activities like:
- Lifting heavy objects
- Manual labour
- Intensive exercise
- Physical work
It isn’t just your work and leisure you’ll have to modify depending on your plastic surgeon’s recommendations – you may also have to restrict other activities as well.
For example, many women report their discomfort affecting their focus, attention and reflexes.
In these cases, it may be a good idea to restrict activities that rely on these attributes such as driving.
Watch your diet
Your normal diet may have to change following breast reduction surgery. Depending on the circumstances, your plastic surgeon may issue you a special aftercare diet to help facilitate your recovery.
In particular, we may prescribe a protein-rich diet with food, drink and supplements that promote growth and facilitate the healing process.
We’ll also tell you what sorts of food you’ll need to avoid that may impede recovery.
For example, it may be a good idea to reduce caffeine intake, as it may cause dehydration and slow down your recovery while also increasing your irritability and anxiety.
As part of your aftercare program, your plastic surgeon can help advise you on things you should eat, things to avoid and things to get more of while you heal.
Changing your wardrobe
Many women can’t wait to update their wardrobe after breast reduction surgery!
But in this case, we’re talking about something different: updating your wardrobe to include garments that help accelerate healing and prevent the most common issues.
In many cases, our plastic surgeons in Cairns prescribe surgical bras and compression garments.
These are tight-fitting clothes that compress your body. This has the effect of:
- Reducing bruising and swelling
- Shaping and contouring your body
- Keeping your healing process on track
As part of your aftercare routine, your plastic surgeon may order a custom set of compression garments to help you recover following breast reduction surgery.
Get incision care
One of the most visible signs of the recovery process? The incision itself.
While there’s a lot of healing that goes on, arguably it’s the incision scars that are the most important to most patients.
With the right incision care, your scars can heal faster, allowing you to get back to the things you love – without the fear of obvious scarring holding you back.
In addition to breast reduction surgery, Cairns Plastic Surgery also offers scar treatment procedures. Depending on the extent of your scarring, we can arrange a follow-up appointment to go over your options.
With both surgical and non-surgical scar treatment procedures available, we’re able to find an effective treatment tailored to fit your breast reduction recovery.
Find out if breast reduction surgery is right for you
Call Cairns Plastic Surgery today!
The success of breast reduction surgery depends on many things – one of which is your recovery and postoperative care processes.
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution out there. Your aftercare routine – as well as how long it’ll take you to recover from breast reduction surgery – all depends.
Each recovery and aftercare program our plastic surgeons in Cairns prescribe is tailored to suit your individual circumstances, taking into account your:
- Reaction to surgery
- Lifestyle and work
- Pre-operative health
Your initial, no-strings-attached consultation with a Cairns Plastic Surgery nurse is designed to help you determine whether breast reduction is the right way forward for you.
Moreover, it’s also meant to give us an idea of what sort of aftercare you’ll need to make a speedy recovery.