Breast Reduction Recovery
Breast Reduction Recovery
Breast reduction with liposuction is a surgical procedure aimed at the removal of excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin, which in turn alters the shape of the breasts. It is often chosen by patients who have gained some weight in the breast area after a pregnancy, but also patients who suffer from enlarged breasts. To learn more about the breast reduction recovery process after a breast reduction with liposuction, please read the additional information provided by the Dr Lanzer Clinic below.
What’s the Recovery Time for a Breast Reduction?
The recovery time after a breast reduction is variable from patient to patient, since there are some denominators to consider. The size of the treatment area, the complexity of the procedure, and even the technique used during your treatment could affect your overall recovery time. However, patients can get an estimate of the recovery time before the procedure takes place at the Dr Lanzer Clinic.
Will I Need Time Off Work for Breast Reduction Recovery?
Even though many patients can resume their normal activities quickly, the Dr Lanzer Clinic always recommends taking time off work for your recovery. By taking your time to recover, you can promote the healing process.
What Are the Stages of Breast Reduction Recovery?
The first stage of your recovery starts shortly after having your procedure. During the first couple of days after your treatment, patients must wear a special garment and take good care of the incision sites. Patients must also avoid strenuous exercise during this time, but light walking could be beneficial for your recovery. During the first stage of recovery, patients should also refrain from driving.
During the second stage of your recovery, usually a couple of weeks after your procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will remove stitches if they have been used. The second stage of your recovery process usually includes a follow-up appointment with your surgeon too.
Finally, the third stage of your recovery. During this stage, you can resume most of your normal activities. However, patients should still avoid rigorous exercise and heavy lifting; this up to two months after the
procedure. When in doubt about resuming your exercise routine, always contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic first. Patients should only resume driving during this stage if it is no longer painful to wear a seatbelt.
What Are Some Breast Reduction Recovery Tips?
There are some things patients can do to reduce the recovery time after a breast reduction procedure, even though patients heal in their own time. So, be sure to read through our tips below to shorten your recovery.
Consult Your Surgeon
To ensure your breast reduction recovery runs smoothly, it is best to consult your surgeon before and after your breast reduction with liposuction surgery. Your surgeon can provide you with all the information for your recovery after breast reduction recovery with liposuction surgery, but also ensures you are aware of possible complications and can recognise them.
Incorporate Rest Time
Soon after your surgery, it is essential to get enough rest time. Having surgery can be taxing on the body, so scheduling the necessary rest time beforehand is certainly recommended.
To ensure you get the proper amount of rest, discuss the ideal rest time with your surgeon, because the breast reduction recovery will be directly related to the specific cosmetic surgery procedure you’ve had. Also, the larger the treated area, the more time it will take for the patient to recover. However, recovery times vary from patient to patient, so there is never a clear estimate on how much time it will take for you to recover.
Before you have your surgery, it can be a good idea to prepare your bedroom for the rest you are going to need. Make sure your bedroom is comfortable enough to spend a reasonable amount of time in. You can also invest in a new mattress and comfy pillows to ensure you are fully comfortable while resting, and promote the healing process simultaneously.
Bandages and Surgical Bra
To ensure your breasts are properly supported after your surgery, you will need to wear bandages, dressings and a good surgical bra. Alternatively, the patient can use a sports bra as well, depending on the recommendations of the surgeon.
Some clinics will provide the patient with the right surgical bra or compression garment, depending on the treatment area. However, not all clinics provide a surgical bra or compression garment, so make sure you check with your clinic if these items are available to you at the clinic.
The compression garments and surgical bra you wear after surgery need to be specifically made for you, because an ill-fitting bra could cause problems after surgery. You will also have to wear the surgical bra, bandages and dressings for some time, so them being comfortable should be one of your main concerns.
Before you leave the clinic, the surgeon should prescribe some medication that can prevent infection; this is usually antibiotics. In some cases, the surgeon may prescribe other medication to reduce the chance of infection or another outbreak.
Since medication does not fully eliminate the chance of infection, it is important that patients know the signs of complications. Therefore, please make sure your clinic has informed you fully about the signs of complications before you have your surgery. If a complication should arise, be sure to contact your clinic right away.
Shortly after a surgical procedure, it is not uncommon for patients to experience swelling, bruising and pain. To manage this pain, patients can take over-the-counter pain medication, or medication prescribed by their cosmetic surgeon.
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How Can I Shorten My Breast Reduction Recovery Time?
Even though rigorous and strenuous exercise must be avoided until you are fully healed, some light walking may promote your recovery. Health professionals recommend starting to walk with a gentle pace as soon as they can, since doing so may reduce the chance of blood clots in the legs.
Light walking is recommended during the recovery process, but strenuous exercise should be avoided at all cost. Therefore, it is best to ask your surgeon about light exercises you can do.
During a breast reduction recovery procedure, the surgeon needs to make some incisions to gain access to the glandular tissue, fat tissue and skin. These incision sites need to be looked after properly, because if they are not looked after well, they could increase your chance of infection. Incisions can leak some fluid for a couple of days.
When recovering from your procedure, you must keep your incisions covered with the right bandages and dressings. Your first bandages and dressings will be provided by the clinic, but you must have some available to change your bandages and dressings afterwards. When you change your bandages and dressings, make sure to keep the treatment area clean and do not expose the treatment area to the sun during this time.
Of course, it is also important to attend your follow-up appointment at the Dr Lanzer Clinic. The follow-up appointment after your breast reduction is included in the procedure cost, so you will not pay anything extra for having your follow-up check.
During the follow-up appointment, Dr Lanzer will check the treatment area and evaluate the results. He will also ask you some questions to ensure you are not experiencing any complications from the surgery. Afterwards, the patient can return home and continue to follow the instructions of the Dr Lanzer Clinic regarding their recovery.
What Complications Should I Be Aware of During My Recovery from a Breast Reduction?
Patients must keep an eye out for complications, since severe complications may affect the results of the procedure, or endanger your health. Below, you will find an overview of possible symptoms that may indicate complications.
The first signs of infection could include severe swelling, fever, pain or pus draining from the treatment area. Please note that pain and swelling are common symptoms you may experience after the procedure, but complications could cause an increase in pain and swelling. Therefore, it is better to be safe than sorry and visit your surgeon for a follow-up appointment if you have doubt.
Patients experiencing shortness of breath, or have difficulty breathing after their procedure, should report this to their surgeon immediately and book an emergency appointment. Shortness of breath, or breathing difficulties, could be signs of an embolism. An embolism can be life-threatening, so contact your surgeon or GP right away if you suspect this complication.
How Do I Make an Appointment for a Breast Reduction?
Do you want more information about reduction mammoplasty? Or do you believe this procedure may benefit you in some way? Contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic today and make an appointment with Dr Daniel Lanzer. Our clinic can be reached via telephone, email or the website.