After breast reduction, bandages are immediately applied to minimize breast movement and aid in the healing process. Soon after, the bandages will be replaced by a surgical bra that you should wear for several weeks. Generally, it is best to get plenty of rest to speed up the healing process and reduce your recovery time. Patients may be able to return to work seven to 10 days after surgery. To reduce the risk of complications, you should avoid strenuous physical exercise for a full six weeks. Dr. Mesbahi will give you detailed postoperative instructions, and if you follow them carefully, you will have a better recovery experience and will minimize your risk of potential problems or complications.
Those patients who undergo liposuction-only breast reduction may have little to no visible scarring. Those who undergo traditional breast reduction with the anchor incision will likely have scarring in the location of the incisions. The extent of scarring is determined by how well you follow your postoperative instructions and how well your body heals. You should minimize sun exposure to the area to prevent the scar tissue from darkening in the sunlight. Women who elect to undergo breast reduction surgery report incredibly high satisfaction rates and consider any scarring to be well worth the improvements to their quality of living. Any scarring will fade with time.
Anesthesia ensures patient comfort during the breast reduction procedure. During recovery, some patients report minor amounts of pain. Oral pain medication can minimize any temporary discomfort.