A breast reduction surgery is typically 2 – 3 hours long, and usually the patient will wake up 30 minutes after its completion. Pain will be controlled by medication, and may last for a few days. Usually the patient is sent home the next day.
At home, rest is recommended. For at least 2 weeks or more, heavy lifting, long driving, exercises, etc should be avoided.
Though the breasts may feel uncomfortable, the pain should be less and controlled. The wounds will require new dressings regularly. Using a sports bra (or an elasticated bra without underwiring) may give more comfort.
After the initial 2-3 weeks, depending on your type of work, you may resume your job. Light exercises, walking, etc. may also be permitted.
You may feel tired towards the end of the day, this is normal after the surgery, and may last a few more weeks till your strength is rebuilt.
You will have to see the surgeon a couple of days after the operation, and then a regular check-up schedule will be planned. The surgeon will need to monitor the healing of the wound, and the swelling of the breasts.
Normally, it takes about 3 months for the swelling to reduce fully and the breasts to return from their high position to the normal position on the chest. Then you will have your new, desired look.
The surgeon, nurses and support team at Cocoona will always be available for any queries or clarifications you may need during the recovery period. Feel free to get in touch with us.