Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reduction Surgery: Recovery Tips

After a major surgery, you feel out of place in your mind and body. That same day, the anesthesia wears off, but you are still left with pain, swelling and tenderness in or around the surgical site. The success of your breast reduction surgery depends on your conscious efforts to recover and stay healthy. Here are recovery tips to assist anyone who has undergone breast reduction surgery.

Avoid Tight Bras and Shirts

The breasts are likely to be heavily bandaged after surgery. Avoid wearing tight bras and shirts until after several weeks of healing. Invest in soft bras without wires that press into the skin. Do not promote more bruising, and keep the breasts in an upright position.

Avoid Strenuous Activities

Avoid engaging in physically strenuous activities that place unnecessary pressure on your breasts. Take time off from work temporarily because many jobs require constant bending, stretching and lifting of heavy weights. Working in an office, it is easy to rub against the wall or have someone knock into your chest accidentally. At home, avoid doing the same types of activities or have a friend offer assistance.

Stay Fit and Healthy

Exercising regularly and eating healthy are your two main tasks during recovery. Eating nutrients helps the body to heal faster and recover from infections, if any. Consume a diet of whole, unprocessed foods that include Vitamin C for tissue repair and protein for new skin growth.

Sleep Properly

Sleep in the right position after breast reduction surgery, which is lying on your back. Get enough hours of sleep because proper rest is an important part of healing.

Take Medication Carefully

Consume medication that is recommended by your doctor for normal recovery. Taking more doses than necessary is not proven to speed up the process. Instead, face more complications when you get close to the state of overdosing.

Some people are concerned about overdoses and take fewer doses than recommended. There is no need to withhold painkillers and suffer in pain. Reducing your stress levels is necessary to heal properly.

Breast reduction surgery is not a simple procedure, but it’s not a very stressful one either. It is possible to cut your recovery time in half and move on several weeks later. Contact our office to set a consultation and review your medical goals.