What to expect after breast reduction surgery

What to expect after breast reduction surgery

07th Oct 2017

Before choosing to undergo a breast reduction surgery, it is important to first do your research about the procedure. You should also make sure to have adequate information about what happens after the breast reduction surgery. During the surgery, the fate of your breasts is in the hands of the surgeon. It is their job to ensure that the procedure goes smoothly and that you get the best results possible. However, after the surgery, it will be up to you. As the patient, it is your responsibility to take care of yourself and follow the surgeon’s post-op instructions. It may seem daunting, but you can still consult with your surgeon if you have any questions and concerns.

The first thing you will experience after the surgery is the effect of the anesthesia. It is possible to feel a bit of confused as the anesthesia wears off. Some people feel cold and have the shivers when they wake up. Not to worry, the nurses will be there to monitor your condition. Unfortunately, you should expect to feel some pain and discomfort after the surgery. In case you do, you can ask for a pain reliever to manage it. Your surgeon will also provide you with a prescription, so that you have pain relievers at home.

For this procedure, you may find yourselves having drains inserted in the surgical site. This is used to help prevent the accumulation of fluid in the breasts. The drains are actually small tubes that are capable of removing fluids easily. These drains are likely to be connected to you even after you are discharged, but they should be removed after your first follow-up with your surgeon.

As aforementioned, pain is to be expected, which is why pain medications will be prescribed to you. Make sure to drink them on time and not to wait for the pain to be unbearable before you drink it. This is because the more comfortable you are, the better your body will heal. The pain medication may be taken orally or injected through your IV line if you are still in the health facility.

Aside from that, it is important to know how to properly take care of your incision so that it doesn’t get infected or open up. Keeping it dry is one of the first requirements to help make sure that the wound heals properly. Surgeons usually instruct their patients on how to properly take care of the incision site before and after the surgery. It is your job to ensure that you strictly follow these instructions. After about 1-2 weeks, the stitches can be removed. As they are pulled out, you may feel only a little discomfort because of the tugging sensation.

Pain and soreness are normal, but it can be controlled through medication. As for the swelling and brusing, this can last for months as it gradually subsides. With that said, there are some patients who have it, while some don’t.

Sleeping can be a challenge after the surgery because you need to avoid putting pressure on the surgical area. It is best to keep the chest part elevated by plopping some pillows under the back. Proper placement of pillows can also help patients avoid moving or re-positioning too much as they sleep.

Lastly, another challenge after the surgery would be how to bathe properly. During the first few weeks of the surgery, it is recommended to just take sponge baths and have someone help you wash your hair so that you don’t get the incisions wet. This is because it is also important not to raise your hand above your head to prevent tension on the incision.

Overall, there are several things you need to consider before proceeding with the surgery. Knowing about the aforementioned information would be helpful in order to better prepare yourselves and ensure whether breast reduction surgery is really for you.


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