What to expect from breast reduction surgery?
After the surgery is completed, you will be monitored closely in our private recovery room and then released home to begin the healing process. A compression bra will be provided for a few days to improve blood circulation to the breasts during the first phase of recovery. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort are expected and can be easily managed with prescribed pain medication. Ensure you have plenty of time to rest and heal at home.
You may shower 48 hours after your procedure. Our surgeons will advise you to avoid activities that require you to bend over or reach above your head or lift anything heavy, including children and pets. Most stitches placed during a breast reduction dissolve on their own, and others will be removed 7 to 10 days after surgery. Nipple sensitivity or numbness is common, but sensation usually returns over the next several months. You will also need to continue wearing a surgical bra for up to 6 weeks.
Over the first few months after surgery, your breasts will settle, and the after-surgery effects will dissipate. The majority of our patients at North Shore Cosmetic Surgery say they feel weightless, lighter, and far more self-assured. Following surgical breast reduction, you can enjoy the clothes you have always wanted and feel confident in your new look. Remember that maintaining a healthy weight will keep you looking your best.