Getting Back to Normal
Although you may be up and about in a day or two, your breasts may still ache occasionally for a couple of weeks. You should avoid lifting or pushing anything heavy for three or four weeks, and strenuous physical exertion for six weeks.
We will give you detailed instructions for resuming your normal activities. Most women can return to work (if your work isn’t too strenuous) and social activities in about two to three weeks. Avoid anything but gentle contact with your breasts for about six weeks. A small amount of fluid draining from your surgical wound, or some crusting, is normal. If you have any unusual symptoms, such as bleeding or severe pain, don’t hesitate to call us.
Your New Look
Although much of the swelling and bruising will disappear in the first few weeks, it may be six months to a year before your breasts settle into their new shape. Even then, their shape may fluctuate in response to your hormonal shifts, weight changes, and pregnancy.
We will make every effort to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Still, it’s important to remember that breast reduction scars are visible and permanent. They often remain lumpy and pink for months, and then gradually become less obvious, sometimes eventually fading to thin white lines. Fortunately, the scars do not prevent you from wearing low-cut tops.
Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction results in the quickest body-image changes. You’ll be rid of the physical discomfort of large breasts, your body will look better proportioned, and clothes will fit you better. However, as much as you may have desired these changes, you’ll need time to adjust to your new image, as will your family and friends. Be patient with yourself, and with them. Keep in mind why you had this surgery, and chances are that, like most women, you’ll be pleased with the results.