Tips to recover quickly after breast reduction

Tips to recover quickly after breast reduction

02nd Mar 2018

Most women desire to have bigger and voluptuous breasts. The modern standards of beauty also underscore this beauty standard. However, there is a limit to the maximum size of the breasts that look aesthetically welcoming. When this threshold is crossed, the breasts will look unpleasant. The bad news is that there are certain factors that cause the breasts to become overly large in many women. These factors include genetics, weight gain, hormonal changes, and the use of certain medications like steroids.

When the breasts become overly large, not only do they appear abnormal but also lead to physical pain. Patients also experience emotional discomfort and embarrassment due to oversized breasts. To get rid of the condition, many women go under the knife. Breast reduction effectively reduces the size of the breasts. Many patients want to know how can they speed up the recovery process after the intervention. We will discuss this topic in this article.

Recovery after breast reduction

Breast reduction is an invasive intervention. The procedure, which is carried out under general anesthesia, involves major incisions. The plastic surgeon will make incisions on the breasts, which will be followed with the removal of excess glandular tissue and fat from the breasts. The breasts are made of a large amount of glandular tissue and fat. Removing the extra fat and tissue from the breasts helps reduce the size of the breasts.

After removing the excess tissue and fat, the nipples may start to point downward, which is undesirable. To fix the condition, the plastic surgeon will lift the nipples higher up on the breasts where they appear perky and point forward. Furthermore, there will be excess skin on the breasts that can make your breasts look saggy. The plastic surgeon will also remove the excess skin so your breasts can look youthful and sexy. In the last step, the surgeon will re-drape the remaining skin and suture and close the incisions.

Given that breast reduction is a traumatic, highly invasive, and major operation, the patient has to have complete recovery after the surgery. The primary recovery period comprises the first two weeks following the operation, but complete recovery takes six weeks. The patient must go through the recovery process to achieve the desired outcomes more safely. There are many things a patient can do to expedite the healing process and speed up the recovery.

It is important to keep in mind that no matter what you do to recover quickly, each patient has a different healing pattern. Depending on your overall health and healing pattern, you may heal relatively quickly or slowly. However, you can use the following tips to ensure your timely recovery.

How to recover quickly after breast reduction

Take sufficient rest

The first thing your surgeon would advise you to do is to take enough rest after surgery. It is the primary factor that would help you recover quickly. If you don’t take rest, it will not only prolong the healing process but also lead to many aesthetic and health complications. It is important for the patient to spend most of her time resting in bed for the first two weeks that will follow the operation. Make sure not to make a lot of physical movements. You can take short and slow walks for a few minutes every few hours but do not engage in a lot of physical movements as it will affect the healing process. After two weeks, you may resume physically non-strenuous work and move around.

Avoid physical activities

The second important thing that can speed up the recovery process is by avoiding physical activities during the recovery period. Physical activities have a tendency to affect the healing process by triggering wound dehiscence, bleeding, seroma, hematoma, and other problems. It is important for the patient to avoid physical activities during the first two weeks after the surgery. Also, do not engage in strenuous activities like exercises, jogging, weight lifting, stretching, bending, and jumping, etc. for six weeks after the procedure. These activities can create many cosmetic and health problems, thereby delaying the recovery process.


The next important thing you can do to recover quickly after breast reduction surgery has to do with how you sleep. When you sleep on your front, your breasts will get the pressure. The breasts will be strained, which can cause the incisions to split open, leading to many problems like bleeding, infection and slow wound healing. To make sure you heal quickly, you must avoid sleeping on your front for two weeks after the surgery. Instead, you should sleep on your back and side. Doing so will help you recover faster and avoid cosmetic and health problems.

Wear the surgical bra

During surgery, your breasts will be traumatized. The surgeon will advise you to wear surgical bras instead of your regular bras. The surgical bras are made to speed up the recovery process by reducing the post-operative swelling, protecting your breasts from pressure, preventing infection, and keeping your newly contoured breasts intact. Be sure to wear the surgical bras for six weeks post-surgery or as recommended by your surgeon. Do not wear your regular bras during the recovery period.

Follow the surgeon’s instructions

The surgeon’s instructions are critical for having a smooth, quick, and safe recovery after surgery. If you don’t follow the surgeon’s instructions, the recovery period will be delayed. If the surgeon has prescribed medications, you must take them. If the surgeon has told you to avoid certain physical activities, be sure to follow this instruction. To keep you safe from possible infections, the surgeon may prescribe antibiotics. Be sure to take them on time and according to the instructions of the doctor.

Avoid sun exposure

Exposing your breasts to direct sunlight or other forms of heat can cause a range of problems like abnormal and poor scarring and delay the recovery process. The patient must avoid exposing the breasts to the sun for six months after the surgery. The plastic surgeon will also advise you to follow this instruction to the letter. If you don’t follow this instruction, your recovery will be delayed.

Stick to a healthy lifestyle

After surgery, the patient must follow the healthy lifestyle. It is particularly important for the patient to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the recovery process. If you end up eating unhealthy and junk foods during the recovery period, the recovery period will be longer and you may not get the desired results entirely. If you eat healthy foods, it will help you recover faster. Be sure to include vegetables, fruits, protein, carbohydrates, and fiber-laden foods in your diet. These foods will help detoxify your body, enhance blood flow to the incisions, and help you heal faster. Also, make sure to drink a lot of water and fluids like fresh juices.

Avoid smoking

Everyone agrees that smoking is dangerous for your health; however, smoking can cause more damages when used before surgery and during the recovery period. The cigarette smoke contains toxins like carbon monoxide, tar, and nicotine that slow down healing of the incisions. Smoking coagulates the blood and restricts blood and oxygen flow to the surgical wound, which delays the healing process and creates other problems. If you want to heal quickly and smoothly after surgery, you must stop smoking at least two weeks beforehand and avoid smoking during the recovery process.

Avoid certain medications and foods

There are certain medicines and foods that can lead to delayed and poor wound healing after surgery. For example, aspirin can cause excessive bleeding, wound opening, poor and slow healing, and abnormal scarring after surgery. It is important for the patient to avoid such medicines. There are also many supplements, herbs, and foods that can delay the healing process. It is important for the patient to avoid such medicines and foods at least a few weeks before the surgery and during the recovery process. During the pre-operative consultation, ask the surgeon what medicines and foods can cause complications during and after the surgery.


Breast reduction is a plastic surgery procedure that treats overly large breasts, making them suitably sized and alleviating physical pain and other problems associated with very large breasts. In this article, I have discussed the important things you can do to have a quick and safe recovery after the procedure. Be sure to follow these instructions for a smooth, quick, and safe recovery. Also, ask your surgeon what you can do to heal quickly after breast reduction.

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