Secrets to a smooth recovery after breast reduction

Secrets to a smooth recovery after breast reduction

10th Feb 2018

Breast reduction procedure has a high satisfaction rate. Most often, the patient will feel better proportioned, with a more harmonious body, more free in their movements and with a possibility to dress in a more varied way compared to the limits of the past.

The procedure can alleviate considerable discomfort, both physical and emotional, and it is often a good choice even for very young patients. Breast reduction surgery entails permanent scars that can be more or less extensive depending on the complexity of each case. However, it is important to know that the scars can be easily masked even by a bathing suit and, in time, they will look similar to the surrounding tissues like fine, white lines. Despite the scarring and other risks and complications that can potentially occur after breast reduction surgery, many women consider the procedure as worth the risk and the benefits being invaluable.

To be able to sustain the aesthetic results of breast reduction surgery for longer and also to have a smooth recovery period, there are a few things the patient should and shouldn’t do. These are the secrets to a smooth recovery after breast reduction:

1. Rest

Breast reduction surgery is a complex procedure, and severe trauma occurs on the tissues of the breasts. This means that after the intervention, the body needs time to restore and heal. To accelerate the healing process, the best thing you can do is rest. Don’t put your body under unnecessary pressure by trying to resume your daily activities or work sooner than advised by the plastic surgeon.

2. Hydrate

Since breast reduction surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia, this means that before the intervention, the patient is required to have a fasting period of at least six to eight hours. After the procedure, it is important for the patient to stay hydrated. This will help eliminate the rest of the anesthetic substances from the body and also promote the healing process. Water is always a good option after breast reduction surgery. Freshly squeezed fruits and vegetable juices are also good ideas, as well as herbal infusions. However, make sure to avoid coffee, caffeinated beverages and alcohol for the first few days or weeks after breast reduction surgery.

3. Have small meals

After the surgery it is not uncommon for patients to experience a lack of appetite or a desire to have fast/junk food. However, to speed up the recovery process and have a smooth healing period, the recommendation is to have small, nutritious meals.

4. Take your pills

After breast reduction surgery, the plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication and antibiotics. The first has the role of preventing you from experiencing intense pain, the second is necessary to avoid potential infection that can occur after the surgery that will prolong the recovery period. The pills should be taken as per the doctor’s orders.

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