Overly large breasts can cause all sorts of unwanted symptoms such as back and neck pain, disruption in sports and physical activity, and lack of self-confidence. Thankfully, breast reduction is often a great solution! Individuals who are considering a breast reduction should first seek out a consultation appointment with a skilled plastic surgeon. During this consultation, you will be able to discuss the procedure in depth, as well as what to expect after surgery. Read on to learn more about the recovery period.

Phases of Breast Reduction Recovery

For the best outcomes, be sure to plan the time needed to recover following breast reduction surgery. This may include scheduling childcare or extra help around the house. Generally, patients can expect the following from the stages of recovery.

Early Stages of Recovery

Directly following surgery, you will wake with dressings on your chest. This may include gauze padding and a bra or an ACE wrap to support the breasts and provide some compression. Dr. Power will provide information regarding when to change these dressings and when you can shower. Soreness is to be expected, which can be controlled with prescription pain medication.

For the first week, it is recommended that patients take it easy. Drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy nutritious diet can help your body to heal quicker.

You must avoid sleeping on your stomach or side, as this may alter results. After about 3 weeks most of the bruising and swelling will have subsided. Dr. Power may allow you to take part in more light activities at this point in the recovery process. She will instruct you to wear a sports bra full-time for 6 weeks, after which you can discontinue and wear an underwire bra if desired.

Later Stages of Recovery

For the best results, it is advised that you wait at least 4 weeks after surgery until taking part in cardio exercise, then 6 weeks until taking part in upper body exercise and full activity. Be sure to listen to your body and slowly introduce new activities. A supportive bra should be worn when you work out the first time following surgery.

Numbness may still be present in some areas of the chest or nipples, which will likely improve over the following months. After 3-4 months all of the swelling should subside. Scars from surgery can take up to a year to completely fade. Speak to Dr. Power regarding scar treatment systems she may recommend.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about breast reduction surgery near Toronto, ON Canada, contact Power Plastic Surgery today. Your first step will be to schedule a consultation appointment with Stephanie Power, MD. Give our office a call today at 416-962-1010 or fill out an online contact form.

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