HOW WILL THE BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY PROCEED?
Breast reduction is normally performed in an outpatient surgery center, an office-based surgical suite, or a hospital. It normally takes around three to four hours for the surgery to be completed, but may extend in hours for some special cases. General anesthesia is used during the surgery, and this allows the patient to sleep through the duration of the operation.
WHAT SHOULD I DO DURING THE RECOVERY PERIOD?
Following the surgery, the operated area will be protected by gauze dressings, a surgical bra, or an elastic bandage. If there is a presence of excess fluids and blood, small tubes may be inserted in either breast for proper fluid drainage. Expect to feel some degree of pain for the first few days. This pain may intensify when you cough, sneeze, or move around, and may extend for another week. It is therefore important to follow the prescription medications to be required by Drs. Hall and Wrye in order for the pain and discomfort to go down to a comfortable, tolerable level. A day or two after post-surgery, your bandages will be taken off but you will continue to wear the surgical bra 24/7 for a couple of weeks more, or until the bruising and swelling on the area disappear. The breast skin may tend to become extremely dry after the surgery, so have a moisturizer ready for application several times in a day, leaving out the area where the sutures are located.
Also, expect to feel pain and experience swelling of your breasts during the first menstruation following your surgery. Every now and then, you may also feel shooting pains on the operated area. Over the next five to six weeks, you may notice a certain degree of loss of sensation on your breast skin and nipple – this is caused by the swelling that usually happens after surgery. This temporary loss of sensation may last until months after the surgery or, in very rare cases, may become permanent. Even though you can get up and walk about after one day following your surgery, extreme physical activity such as lifting, heavy exercise, pushing heavy objects, and strenuous chores must be avoided for three to four weeks.
In order for your recovery period to proceed smoothly, Drs. Hall and Wrye will be discussing with you a detailed list of instructions on how to ease back into your normal routine. If your day job requires little physical activity, you may be allowed to go back to work within one to two weeks. However, you will find that your stamina levels are low in the weeks following the surgery. Therefore, stick to very light exercises such as bending, stretching, and careful swimming until you regain your normal energy level. You will also need a sturdy athletic bra for full breast support. You may also be required to refrain from sexual activities and to avoid moderate to heavy contact with your breasts for about two weeks since arousal can result in the swelling of your incisions. It is entirely normal to notice a certain amount of draining fluid from your wounds. However, if you experience very severe pain or bleeding, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Drs. Hall and Wrye or any of the other staff members.