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Hedden and Gunn Plastic Surgery

Breast Reduction Recovery

You will receive specific postoperative instructions on how care for yourself after breast reduction surgery. These instructions cover important topics such as how to care for your breasts, your medications and when you will able to resume physical activities. Carefully follow all of your instructions to minimize the possibility of any complications during your post-op recovery period.

You may experience some pain, swelling and bruising following the procedure. These symptoms usually peak about 36 hours after surgery. Any pain that you feel usually fades quickly and is managed with medication as you heal. If you experience any unusual symptoms such as severe pain or bleeding, you should immediately call the office.

Your bandages and any surgical drains (thin tubes that drain excess blood and fluids) may be removed after a day or two. You will wear a sports bra for about a month to keep swelling to a minimum and provide support during the healing process. Patients should sleep on their back after surgery and avoid any heavy lifting or major exertions for a month or more.

You may have some degree of numbness in the nipple and areola following breast reduction. Changes in sensation are usually temporary, but can be permanent in some cases.

The scars left by the incision lines will appear red and swollen at first. Eventually, they will diminish to thin lines that are covered by your bra or swimsuit. Dr. Hedden or Dr. Gunn will do everything possible to minimize the appearance of scars.