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What to Expect After Breast Reduction Surgery –

the 5 Most Common Questions

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After Breast Reduction Surgery

Before having breast reduction surgery, you had probably read about all the possible risks, potential complications, and how to prepare yourself for this procedure.

But, what happens after? These times can be quite exciting, but challenging. Not only the recovery process but all the questions you may ask yourself and situations you may encounter.

In this article, we will go through the 5 most common questions regarding what to expect after breast reduction surgery.

How Long Does a Breast Reduction Take to Heal? – Breast Reduction Recovery

“How long is the recovery for breast reduction?” is, without doubt, the first question our patients are eager to hear the answer to. Besides being life-changing for most patients, breast reduction recovery is still a process. Therefore, it is important to understand that the recovery period can take some time.

It can take months after surgery for the breasts to fully recover, though healing times usually vary from patient to patient.

You should not engage in any strenuous physical activities for the 4-6 weeks following surgery. Symptoms such as pain, swelling, and bruising are a normal part of the healing, but they can be controlled with pain medications and compression clothing in the first few days.

You will be given a post-operative bra (surgical bra) to wear 24 hours a day for two weeks following surgery.

After the first week has passed, you can gradually begin to resume your regular activities. However, avoid lifting heavy objects or demanding exercise for at least 4-6 weeks more.

Recovery from breast reduction is a gradual process. Even though you may feel better after a couple of weeks, your body is still healing inside. Keep that in mind and listen to the instructions of your chosen plastic surgeon.

How Long After Breast Reduction Will I Know My Size?

If you’ve had breast reduction surgery, you might be wondering when you will find out what new breast size your breasts will be. The answer is not simple because several variables can influence how well your surgery goes, and how big your breasts and breast shape end up being.

The amount of breast tissue removed during the procedure is one of the most important factors that can have a significant impact on your breast size after a reduction. The simultaneous lifting of the breasts can impact the bra size as well. Based on your body type and the desired result, your surgeon will talk to you in order to determine the appropriate amount of tissue to remove.

It may still take some time for the swelling to go down and for your breasts to settle into their final shape and size, even with careful planning.

What To Wear After Breast Reduction Surgery?

We advise wearing a surgical bra right away after the procedure. This particular bra is made to support and compress your breasts, which can help lessen bruising and overall discomfort.

You can start making the transition to wearing new bras after your initial period of recovery is over.

How Long After Breast Reduction Can I Wear Underwire Bra?

Underwire bras should be avoided for several months following surgery. Why? Simply because your incision sites may become irritated or even reopen if the wires are pressed against them.

Look for supportive, soft bras without underwires instead. To lessen sweating and encourage healing, these bras are commonly made of breathable materials.

In general, putting comfort and support first when selecting what to wear after breast reduction surgery is the key.


When Can I Sleep Without a Bra After Breast Reduction?

after a breast reduction surgery

It is important to prioritize your comfort and listen to your body during the recovery from breast reduction. If you experience any discomfort or pain while sleeping without a bra, it is best to continue wearing a supportive bra to bed until you feel ready to make the switch.

In some cases, patients may be able to sleep without a bra after breast reduction as early as a few weeks after, while others may need to wear a bra to bed for several months.

Once your plastic surgeon approves your transition from a supportive to a regular bra, you may still need to wear a bra to bed for a little longer.

Am I Going To Lose Weight After the Breast Reduction Procedure?

Among our patients at Park Plaza Plastic Surgery Center in Manhattan, New York, one question that we hear frequently is whether or not they will lose weight after the procedure.

While breast reduction surgery removes excess breast tissue and reduces the overall size of the breasts, it is important to understand that this procedure is not a weight loss solution.

Breast tissue itself is relatively light, and while the reduction in breast size may lead to some weight loss, it is typically not a significant amount. Most patients can expect to lose only a few pounds after the surgery if any at all.

In Conclusion

At Park Plaza, we know how important it is to understand the procedure’s physical, emotional, and mental aspects. Because of this, we have tried to answer the most frequent concerns our patients are having after this surgery.

Breast reduction surgery is there not only to reduce the size of your breasts but to improve your quality of life and help you regain your confidence.

Whether it is by reducing back pain or enhancing self-image if you want to schedule FREE breast reduction consultation, contact us at (212) 750-9494 or visit us – our address is east 62nd st, New York, NY 10065.