Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery
Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery
Patients often ask our team for some tips for their breast reduction surgery recovery. This is also encouraged by Dr Lanzer and his associates, as doing the right things during your breast reduction surgery recovery can reduce recovery speed and enhance the results obtained from the procedure. To ensure patients are fully informed about their breast reduction surgery recovery, Dr Lanzer and his associates have compiled this overview of important information.
What Is Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery involves the removal of excess breast tissue and/or fat, depending on the composition of the breast. In some cases, the surgeon removes excess breast tissue because this makes up the largest volume of the breast. In other cases, the surgeon will remove fatty tissue to reduce the size of large breasts. This happens when the enlarged breast size is mainly caused by fat accumulation.
What Can I Expect After Breast Reduction Surgery?
Patients should expect some side-effects for some weeks after surgery. While most side-effects are mild, patients should take special care for several days after surgery. This is especially the case for patients who had general anaesthesia.
If you had general anaesthesia, please avoid making important decisions for at least 48 hours post-surgery. During this time, the remaining effects of the anaesthesia can impede your ability to make decisions. Therefore, you should not sign any important documents during this time either.
Common side-effects to experience after surgery include bruising, swelling, and some general discomfort. Bruising and swelling can be kept under control with the special surgical bra that patients receive from their clinic.
Please note that patients who are susceptible to outbreaks in the breast crease beneath the breast should report this to their surgeon. This also applies to any medical conditions that could impact your surgery and your recovery. By doing so, your surgeon can help prevent certain problems during your recovery.
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How To Recover From Breast Reduction Surgery?
After your reduction mammoplasty, it is advised to follow all the guidelines from your clinic regarding breast reduction surgery recovery. Your cosmetic surgery can provide you with some antibiotics to prevent infection, which should be taken according to the guidelines. You should also keep the treatment area clean and wear your surgical bra as instructed.
There are some things you can do to speed up the recovery process. These are generally small things such as some light walking and cleaning the treated area. Of course, patients should keep the surgical site away from water and soap until the cosmetic surgery says it is okay to have a shower. You will receive detailed instructions from your clinic regarding this.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Breast Reduction Surgery?
Every patient has her own recovery speed because the human body is something unique. While Dr Lanzer or one of his associates can provide a patient with a rough estimate, this time could be shorter or longer depending on the unique healing speed of the patient.
As mentioned briefly already, there are some things patients can do at home to speed up the healing process. Nevertheless, it is vital to listen to your own body during your recovery and not to force anything too quickly.
How Should I Sleep After Breast Reduction Surgery?
Patients are often confused about the best sleeping position after their breast reduction surgery. Naturally, a patient should never sleep on their belly after the procedure, as this could cause serious discomfort as well as potential complications. Instead, you want to lay on your back.
It is not uncommon for patients who have a breast reduction to have existing back problems. As a result, this means they do not often sleep on their back due to pain or discomfort. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make your body more comfortable while you are sleeping.
Our first recommendation is to sleep in a reclining position. Sleeping in a recliner chair is not always that comfortable, so it may be worth looking into a special bed during your recovery. You will only need this bed for a limited time, so it can be more affordable to hire one for the duration of your recovery.
If you rather not get a special bed with reclining properties, you can use some additional pillows. One trick is to place a pillow underneath your knees, which can reduce any pressure or pain in the lower back tremendously. You can also place one large pillow on the left and the right of you, this prevents you from rolling over in your sleep and hurting the treated area.
Patients who experience some discomfort while sleeping can usually manage their pain with some over-the-counter pain medication. If you still experience some substantial problems sleeping, please speak to your cosmetic surgery to ensure you remain comfortable during your recovery.