Breast Reduction Surgery: What To Know Before & After Your Surgery

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Breast reduction surgery is not as widely talked about as breast augmentation or breast lift surgery, but it’s equally beneficial for the right patient. If you have large breasts that hinder your lifestyle and health, a breast reduction can be life-changing. Women with uncomfortably large breasts who have the procedure achieve notable physical and emotional relief.

If you are contemplating breast reduction, you likely have several questions regarding the procedure, including what happens after your surgery. We answer some of your most pressing breast reduction questions in this blog post.

Breast Reduction Before & After at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, P.A. in Tallahassee, FL
Breast Reduction Before & After at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, P.A. in Tallahassee, FL
Breast Reduction Before & After at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, P.A. in Tallahassee, FL
Breast Reduction Before & After at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, P.A. in Tallahassee, FL

How Does Breast Reduction Surgery Work?

During the procedure, your plastic surgeon will remove breast fat, glandular tissue, and excess skin from the breasts to reduce their size and create a lifting effect. We can also reduce the size of the areola to be in proportion to your new, smaller breasts. You don’t need to have a separate breast lift procedure, as this technique is part of most breast reduction surgeries.

The procedure can take up to 2 to 3 hours and is performed while you are under general anesthesia. Your plastic surgeon will advise you to wear a compression garment or sports bra for a few weeks after surgery.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you are:

  • Physically healthy
  • A non-smoker
  • Realistic about what the procedure can and cannot accomplish
  • Limiting your physical activities due to breast discomfort and self-consciousness
  • Experiencing back, neck, and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts

You can also combine your breast reduction with a body sculpting procedure such as liposuction or a tummy tuck to contour your body and enhance your breast reduction results. Many women also choose breast reduction as part of a dramatic mommy makeover transformation.

Will I Have Breast Reduction Scars?

Scarring is usually inevitable after any type of surgery, including cosmetic surgery. However, our experienced surgeons make every effort to conceal and minimize your breast reduction scarring. Scars from breast reduction surgery can take up to a year to fade, and we also recommend scar treatments to help facilitate healing.

What Are Some Common Problems After Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction is considered a very safe procedure when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. How painful is breast reduction surgery? Rest assured that most women handle post-op discomfort quite well with the help of pain medication and other healing protocols.

The following side effects are considered “normal” during the initial healing phases of breast reduction surgery:

  • Bruising and swelling
  • Temporary loss of sensation in the nipples and breast skin
  • Sensation of fluid moving in breasts
  • Loss of energy

While complications following breast reduction are rare, you should contact your doctor right away if you experience any unusual symptoms, such as pain that doesn’t diminish after taking pain medications or bleeding from your incisions.

How Long Is Breast Reduction Recovery?

After your procedure, you will need to refrain from strenuous activities for at least 7 days. Incorporate gentle movement into your daily routine during the first week to boost healing and promote blood circulation. You should be able to return to work about a week after the procedure. You can continue to wear compression garments for extra support for as long as you feel comfortable.

Can You Breastfeed After a Breast Reduction?

Studies show that breastfeeding is usually possible after breast reduction if the nipple and areola are appropriately preserved during surgery. If you plan to breastfeed in the future, it’s essential to discuss this concern with your surgeon during your initial breast reduction consultation.

How Long After Breast Reduction Will I Know My Size?

While you will be able to notice an immediate reduction in breast size after surgery, it can take 6 to 12 months for swelling to subside entirely, revealing your beautifully proportioned breasts. Be patient—most women find their results to be well worth the wait!

Getting a breast reduction for your large breasts can significantly improve your quality of life. If you are ready to change your body for the better, request a consultation or call us at  (850) 219-2000 to schedule an appointment.

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