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Is breast reduction right for me and what is the recovery period?

The success and safety of your breast reduction procedure highly depends on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

Dr. Bland may also:

Upon waking up after surgery, patients can expect to feel tired, groggy, nauseous, and sore. Some of these symptoms are related to the anesthesia and others related to the actual surgery itself. Other side effects include discomfort, redness, bruising, reduced nipple sensitivity, and swelling. You can expect the breasts to be very tender and sore, especially for the first few days. Dr. Bland will most likely prescribe pain medication to help with this. It is normal to have dull pain continuing for several weeks after surgery.

In most cases, a compression garment or surgical gauze will already be placed over the breasts before you wake up. You will probably have sutures and fluid drainage tubes, both of which will be removed in about a week. It is important not to disturb the incisions or sutures during this time.

Sleeping may be difficult following your surgery. Many patients also find it difficult to bathe, as they must wait until the sutures have been removed and cannot lift the arms above the head. Because of this, you may want to arrange for a friend or hairstylist to help you wash your hair for the first few weeks.

Breast reduction is a surgical procedure, and because of this patients should expect some scarring from the incisions, although the size, position and appearance of scars varies from patient to patient. The incisions required, will depend on the amount of tissue being removed among other factors. Over time (and with proper care), these incisions should fade into the surrounding skin.

For the recovery period, you will be given specific instructions for breast reduction recovery that will include:

Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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