Breast Reduction Recovery

Performed on an outpatient basis in our surgical facility, your breast reduction surgery will take between 2 to 4 hours. Afterward, you will spend about 45 minutes to an hour in our recovery room before going home. We will send you home with gauze dressing around your breasts and wearing a supportive bra.

Dr. Kaufman will provide specific instructions for a smooth recovery, including what medications to take and how to gradually return to normal activities.

Call us at (916) 983-9895 or contact us online to learn if breast reduction surgery could be right for you.

Breast Reduction Recovery Basics

  1. The most comfortable position for the first 2 to 3 days is semi-reclining, as elevating the upper body reduces swelling and aching.
  2. Most people can sleep on their side in about 1 week and on their abdomen in 2 weeks.
  3. In some cases, back pain or muscle spasms can result from sleeping propped up. If this happens, use a heating pad on your back and have someone massage the area.
  4. Avoid greasy and spicy foods for the first 3 days, and have antacids available in case you should experience an upset stomach.
  5. On your first post-operative day, we’ll remove your dressings to inspect your breasts and ensure you’re healing well. Steri strips (thin bandages) will be left on to support the incisions as they heal.
  6. Recovery varies for each patient, as will the timing required to resume exercise and other physical activities. Although you should be able to return to work within 1 to 2 weeks, we ask you to avoid heavy physical exertion – including heavy lifting, frequent bending, reaching high over your shoulder and jogging – for the first 3 to 5 weeks.
  7. Do not wear underwire bras or sport bras for the first several weeks because they tend to put uneven pressure on your incisions and may push your breasts too high. The best type of bra to wear during this period is a “sleep-in” bra. If you can’t find one, just get soft bras and remove any underwire.
  8. Be aware that your menstrual cycle may be altered for a month or 2, but should return to normal.

You will be given a complete list of pre-operative and post-operative instructions before surgery. And we’re always available to answer questions or help in other ways should you need us.

After Your Procedure

Subsequent to your breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty as it’s also known, most patients report feeling good in about a week and completely normal in 8 weeks or less. Although you do not have to worry about damaging your breasts, it is important that you allow yourself time to rest and focus on healing. Doing too much, too soon could cause discomfort and a possible hematoma (a collection of blood) that will require surgery to be drained. During your recovery period listen to your body – it won’t steer you wrong.

Board-certified Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. David Kaufman looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve greater comfort and satisfaction with your body. Request a consultation with him at 2220 East Bidwell Street in Folsom. Or, if you have questions we can answer right away, call us at (916) 983-9895.