Patients seeking breast reduction surgery often do so for more than cosmetic reasons. Reducing the size of overly large breasts can have many worthwhile benefits for the right patients, including relief from back and neck pain, daily discomfort, and emotional pain as well. In many cases, the potential benefits far outweigh the risk of complications following surgery. Even so, it’s wise to understand what risks may be involved with breast reduction surgery and how you can smoothly recover from this procedure.
Breast Reduction Recovery: Your First Days at Home
After your surgery has been completed, your incisions will be sutured closed and your surgeon will wrap your chest in a special surgical bra to help the healing process. You must wear this bra for as long as your plastic surgeon recommends, usually around two days after surgery. Then you will be switched to a different supportive garment to wear as directed.
During these first days, it is typical for the patient to experience mild to moderate pain, some discomfort, some degree of swelling, and bruising of the breast tissue. All of these side effects are completely normal and should subside on their own with time. Your plastic surgeon will likely prescribe a pain medication to help you get comfortable enough to rest and sleep as much as possible. He may also recommend using cold compresses to soothe the area while it begins to heal. Follow these directions closely to start your recovery process strong.
Avoiding Potential Breast Reduction Complications
A smooth recovery is one without any delays in healing or other complications, so you should know what signs to be on the lookout for while you heal. Complications are pretty rare among breast reduction patients, yet they can still occur and should be prevented against. Some of the possible complications might include:
- Heavy bleeding
- Nerve damage (breast tissue or nipples)
- Asymmetrical results
- Pain or swelling that won’t subside
Talk with your plastic surgeon about the steps you can take to avoid potential complications. He will likely recommend avoiding certain medications, planning ahead for supplies and materials, and other helpful measures. The very best way to have a successful breast reduction surgery and recovery is to follow your surgeon’s advice closely. From taking your pain medication to getting enough rest, his advice is exactly what you need to get through this process. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you need any clarification and make sure to prepare yourself before surgery for your very best result.
Plan Ahead for Breast Reduction Success
For expert guidance through the planning process of your breast reduction surgery, contact Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, where Dr. Ran Rubinstein can help you to achieve the surgical results you desire.
To contact Dr. Rubinstein, please call 845-863-1772. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is located at 200 Stony Brook Court #2 in Newburgh, New York.