Breast Reduction Recovery

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Breast reduction recovery tips on healing and care after surgery

Although breast reduction surgery is a outpatient procedure, it still requires some very important postoperative care on the patient’s end. The surgery typically lasts around two hours and may end with some time spent in the recovery room before heading home. After going home, it is very important to continue proper care for yourself so that breast incisions heal quickly.

Here are some tips for healing and proper care after breast reduction surgery:


Oral Medication

The pain after a breast reduction can be mild to moderate, but it can fortunately be controlled by oral medications. Dr. Walker can prescribe medication for both pain and nausea that may come due to general anesthesia. This may help the pain subside so that you can go about regular daily activities. Make sure you confirm with Dr. Walker that all over-the-counter medications are safe to use before taking them.


Often times after a breast reduction, small drain tubes are inserted into the breasts to help with drainage during the healing process. If small drains are used in your case, you should expect these to be removed on day 4 or 5 when you will be seen for your first follow up appointment.

Proper Clothing

After surgery, wearing supportive bras like sports bras will help control the swelling and support the breasts while they heal. Sports bras should be worn for two months after the breast reduction. Avoid underwire bras for the first 2 months following breast reduction.


Taking it easy for a full week after surgery is one of the best ways to ensure a safe and effective healing process. It’s also important to avoid any strenuous activity and heavy lifting because it may prolong recovery.

Your health and recovery are important before, during, and after surgery. Follow-up visits with your surgeon are also necessary to make sure you are on the right path to being completely healed. To learn more about breast reduction surgery and how Dr. Walker can help you, click here.

Schedule a consultation at Allure Plastics today or give us a call at 769-300-2946.  Individual results may vary.

One thought on “Breast Reduction Recovery

  1. Jenna Hunter

    I didn’t know that wearing sports bras for two months was a part of recovery from a breast reduction surgery. I have been thinking about getting this procedure done after my breasts have stayed quite large after having kids. It seems like I would be more comfortable and have less back pain if they were smaller. I will have to research some more and find more good tips on recovery like your tips about rest and proper clothing.


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